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June 12, 2014

Three locals remain in hunt for Mass. Open title

With the field being whittled down to the top 57 players, just three local golfers remain in the field as the 105th Massachusetts Open concludes today in the third and final round at Weston Golf Club.

Former Salem Country Club head pro Kirk Hanefeld is in an eight-way tie for 17th place with a two-day score of 143, putting him at 1-under par for the tournament. He shot 2-over yesterday (74) following a first round score of 69, and now sits six strokes back of the leaders. He birdied the par-4 ninth and 12th holes.

Two other locals, Steven DiLisio of Salem Country Club and Josh Salah of Bass Rocks, both just made the cut with a two-day total of 147 (4-over par). DiLisio, a Swampscott native, was 5-over yesterday after carding a 77; he finished with three birdies but was hurt by five bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 8th hole. Gloucester’s Salah, who birdied two of the four par-5’s yesterday, was three strokes over (75).

Five golfers missed the cut by one stroke at 149, including Myopia’s Dan Venezio and Turner Hill’s George Goich. Peabody’s Matt Adams was two strokes back of qualifying at 150.

A quartet of golfers will take the lead into today’s final round: amateur Matt Parziale of Thorny Lea, Colin Brennan of Indian Ridge, Eric Dugas of The Captains Golf Course and Tim Alies of Lewis Center, Ohio; all four sit at 7-under through 36 holes.

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