Darkness ended match play in the round of 16 at yesterday’s third day of the 105th Massachusetts Amateur golf championship at Longmeadow Country Club, with two local players still in the mix and ready to get back on the course this morning.
Jason Steele, who plays out of Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton, and Nick McLaughlin of Far Corner in West Boxford will resume their respective matches this morning among the field of 16 golfers still in the hunt for the Massachusetts Cup.
Steele defeated sixth-seeded Joe Harney of Granite Links Golf Course, 3 and 2, in the round of 32 early yesterday morning before meeting Daniel Falucci of Cyprian Keyes GC in the afternoon round. Falucci was 1 up on Steele when play was halted after five holes; they’ll pick up where they left off this morning.
McLaughlin, the former St. John’s Prep star now playing at the University of Virginia, also scored an upset in the round of 32 when he bested fifth-ranked Steven Burak of Thorny Lea GC, 3 and 2. He is now matched up with Doug Clapp of Old Sandwich GC; Sandwich holds a 1 up edge through eight holes heading into this morning’s play.
Once this morning’s round of 16 is completed, the winners move on to the quarterfinals and semifinals later today. The 2-man, 36-hole final is set for Friday.
One other local golfer competed yesterday in the round of 32: Topsfield’s Jack Whelan (out of Myopia Hunt). He dropped a tight decision to Maplegate’s Peter French, 1 up.