Frank Vana, Jr. (Andover CC) can call himself a Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Champion – AGAIN.
Under perfect conditions at Marshfield Country Club the nine-time Richard D. Haskell MGA Player of the Year carded a tournament-low score of 5-under par 65 on Wednesday to post a remarkable six-stroke comeback. He finished with a three-round score of 1-under par 209. It marks his ninth Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship victory and his 14th MGA Championship title. No other golfer in history has equaled those two marks.Over the course of his career he has won nine Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championships (1999-2003, 2005-06, 2012-13), two Massachusetts Amateur Championships (2004-05), two Massachusetts Four-Ball Championships (2002-03) and one Massachusetts Father & Son Championship (2003).
It took a herculean effort to not only catch two-day leader John Hadges (Thorny Lea GC) but also Doug Clapp (Old Sandwich GC) who entered the final round four strokes back. Clapp currently leads this year’s Player of the Year standings posted a solid 2-under par 68 on Wednesday but suffered a bogey on the 18th hole dropping one shot back of Vana and was denied a chance at his first career MGA Championship title.
A handful of competitors in this week’s field will be heading home and packing their bags in preparation for the next big challenge.
Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC), Andy Drohen (The Ranch GC), Brian Higgins (Franklin CC), Shawn Scott (Long Meadow GC) and Scott Congdon (Highland CC) qualified for the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship earlier this summer.
In addition, Doug Clapp (Old Sandwich GC) and Andrew DiRamio (North Hill CC) finished as alternates at sectional qualifying but received word from the USGA that spots had opened up for them at Championship Proper.
Those seven competitors will travel to the Country Club of Birmingham from October 5-10 in hopes of advancing to match play and maybe more.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?