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June 10, 2014

Locals geared up for first round of Mass. Open

The 105th Massachusetts Open Championship begins this morning at Weston Golf Club, and several local players will be competing for the title.

The Clarence Cochrane Trophy will be up for grabs in the three-round tournament featuring 143 competitors, including 2013 champion Evan Harmeling of Andover.

The pairing with the most local flavor features three golf professionals from the area. The Golf Club at Turner Hill’s George Goich, Kernwood Country Club’s Frank Dully and Salem Country Club’s Kevin Wood will be teeing off together on the first hole at 12:40.

A pair of St. John’s Prep’s all-time great golfers will be playing together at 9 a.m., beginning on hole No. 1. Swampscott’s Steven DiLisio, of Salem Country Club, just completed his sophomore year. He guided the Eagles to a state championship this season but will be transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy in the fall.

DiLisio qualified for the Open field as an amateur after carding 14 pars and finishing as the low man with an even-par 72 at Turner Hill.

Pandelena, meanwhile, just completed his sophomore year playing for Boston College. Pandelena, also an amateur, shot 3-under par at Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis to win his qualifier.

Peabody’s Matt Adams tees off at 8:50 a.m. on hole No. 11 while Myopia Hunt Club’s Dan Venezio will be playing with Bass Rocks’ Josh Salah at 9:10, beginning on hole No. 1.

Ferncroft amateurs Josh Wingardner (12:50 p.m., No. 11), Charlie May (1 p.m., No. 1) and Paul Lei (1:50, No. 11) are also in the field.

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