The Salem News
---- — Several local golfers will be among the field of 142 that takes to the links at Longmeadow Country Club today as the 105th Massachusetts Amateur Championship kicks off.
The event, featuring some of the best amateur players in the commonwealth, takes place over five days. Longmeadow CC, which is hosting the event for the fifth time, plays at 6,735 yards and at a par of 70 (35 on each nine).
Among the local players taking part is 15-year-old Steven DiLisio of Swampscott. The St. John’s Prep standout, who will enter his sophomore year of high school this fall, is the reigning Massachusetts Pre-Junior champion. The Salem Country Club ace shot a 6-over 75 during his qualifying round at Plymouth Country Club to earn entry into the Mass. Amateur. Later this month, he’ll also compete in the Mass. Junior Amateur Championship at Essex Country Club in Manchester.
Also representing Salem Country Club will be Brandon Neals; the former Bishop Fenwick golfer from Middleton (now playing for Savannah State in Georgia) will begin his round a little before 1 p.m.
Two golfers from The Meadow at Peabody have also qualified: veteran standout Steve St. Amand will be one of the first to tee off this morning at 7:57 a.m.; T.J. Vose, meanwhile, starts approximately five hours later.
Brad Tufts, the account executive from Marblehead who calls Tedesco Country Club home, will shoot for the Massachusetts Cup this week; so will fellow clubmate Michael Zmetrovich.
St. Lawrence University star Jack Whelan of Topsfield will represent his home course, Myopia Hunt Club, when he tees off at 8:33 a.m. In the group behind him is Ferncroft’s Jason Steele; John Hogan, also of Ferncroft, will line up at the first tee a little after noontime to begin his round.
Far Corner’s Nick McLaughlin, the former St. John’s Prep superstar now plying his trade at the University of Virginia, figures to be in the mix for the championship. Kyle DeLuca, who plays out of Beverly Golf & Tennis Club, will start on the 10th hole at 12:27 p.m.
Today’s 18 holes of stroke play will be followed by the same format tomorrow before the low 32 scores move on to match play beginning Wednesday. Friday’s final will feature 36 holes between the two remaining golfers.