Tyer, Shieh Top Field in Big I
Seven Juniors Move on to National Event
James Tyer of Stoughton, MA and Gabrielle Shieh of Carlisle, MA won the 2017 Massachusetts Big “I” Junior Golf Classic on Monday and Tuesday, July 10-11 at The Country Club of New Bedford (North Dartmouth, MA) and The Bay Club at Mattapoisett (Mattapoisett, MA).
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Tyer and Shieh qualified for the Big “I” National Championship held at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, MS on August 7 – 10, 2017.
Tyer, 17, posted a final-round 70 for a two-day total of 144 and a 2-stroke victory over Andrew Michienzi (Needham, MA) and Sam Taraian (Rehoboth, MA). Shieh, 15, had a final-round 72 for a two-day total of 147 and a 6-stroke victory over Elise Keane of Marshfield, MA.
In addition to Tyer and Shieh, the following boys and girl will advance to the Big “I” National Championship as the low five boys and low two girls qualified for the National event
T2) Andrew Michienzi (Needham, MA) 72-74 --146
T2) Sam Taraian (Rehoboth, Ma) 73-73--146
T4) Nick Hampoian (North Reading, MA) 76-71-- 147
T4) Collin Fitzpatrick (Marion, MA) 147 71-76--147
2) Elise Keane, (Marshfield, MA) 73-80-- 153
Fitzpatrick, Keane lead MA State Big I Champ as Finals move to the Bay Club
Collin Fitzpatrick shot a one-over par score of 71 to lead the boys division in the first round of the 2017 Massachusetts Trusted Choice Big “I’ Junior Golf Classic at the Country Club of New Bedford in Dartmouth, MA. Elise Keane leads the girls division heading into the second day, after shooting a two-over-par score of 72.
Fitzpatrick led the charge for the boys overall division finishing with a 71 (+1). Collin was able to birdie three holes, with two bogeys and one double bogey. Elise Keane led the charge for the Girl’s overall division, completing the round with a 73 (+2). Elise birdied four holes throughout the day. She had three bogeys and one double bogey to finish at the top of the girls division.
A total of 63 players teed off on Monday to compete for qualifying spots for the national event. The top five finishers within the boys division and the top two spots within the girls division will move on. to play in the Big "I" National Championship at Annandale Country Club in Madison, MS.
The competition in Monday’s event was fierce. The leaderboard on the boys’ side is tight, with only two strokes differentiating between places within the top ten finishers. The girls’ side has more room, with a larger distribution in the top ten. However, with the event shifting to a new site, golf on Tuesday could be very different.
The second round of the MA Big “I” will be played at The Bay Club at Mattapoisett with tee times starting in the morning and concluding in the afternoon. The Country Club of New Bedford may have offered a different look for many of the boys and girls in the event, and play at the Bay Club could shake up the leaderboard tremendously.
We are looking forward to the MA Big "I" Round 2 and seeing how the competition will unfold tomorrow at The Bay Club at Mattapoisett. Thank you to host facility the CC of New Bedford for hosting us today and to season partner TaylorMade golf and event partner Trusted Choice Insurance.