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July 10, 2013

Whelan, Steele, McLaughlin make the cut at Mass. Amateur

Three North Shore golfers have qualified for match play at the 105th Massachusetts Amateur golf championship at Longmeadow Country Club.

Topsfield’s Jack Whelan (Myopia Hunt Club), Ferncroft’s Jason Steele and Far Corner’s Nick McLaughlin all made the 32-player cut after two days of stroke play to advance.

Whelan plus at plus-6 for the tournament thus far after shooting a two-over 72 yesterday. He’ll tee off this morning at 8 a.m. matched up against Peter French of Maplegate Country Club, whose two-day score of 143 is three better than Whelan’s.

Steele, who shot a 73 yesterday and is plus-7 (147) for the tournament, will take on the Day 1 leader, Joe Harney (142) in today’s round of 32 at 9:50 a.m.

McLaughlin, the former St. John’s Prep star, was one of five players who won a sudden death playoff to qualify with a two-day score of 148. He’ll meet Thorny Lea’s Steven Burak (141) today beginning at 8:30 a.m. (Two others who also shot 148, including Salem Country Club’s Steven DiLisio (75-73), did not advance to match play).

Other locals who didn’t make the cut included Topsfield’s Dan McQueen of Bellevue (153), Josh Salah of Bass Rocks (154), Brandon Neals of Salem CC (155), Mike Zmetrovich of Tedesco (157), Brad Tufts, also of Tedesco (158), John Hogan of Ferncroft (160), Steve St. Amand of The Meadow at Peabody (160), T.J. Vose, also of Peabody (161) and Kyle DeLuca of Beverly Golf & Tennis (165), among others.

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Kernwood Country Club’s Frank Dully finished in a tie for second place at the New England PGA Stroke Play Series No. 3 New England Open qualifier at Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon yesterday. Dully shot 2-under (35-35—70), two shots off the top spot. In the Blind Draw Pro-Pro event, he and Dan Diskin of The Overlook CC tied for fifth with a 4-under 68.

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