Westwood's Frodigh claims Mass. Junior Amateur
August, 8, 2012
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com
Massachusetts Golf Association communications director Beck Blaeser passes along this release from today's final round of the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, contested at Oakley Country Club:
Watertown, Mass. -- It was a fitting end to an event that Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC) owned from start to finish.
Under perfect skies at Oakley Country Club on Wednesday, Frodigh carded a final round score of 2-under par 69 to win the 2012 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship by a four-stroke margin. He finished with a three-round score of 4-under par 209.
It marks Frodigh's first MGA Championship win and his second title in the past 10 months.
"It means a lot to me," said Frodigh, who won a Future Collegians World Tour event held at Notre Dame University last October. "Hopefully this win can bring me to different places and give me more opportunities."
Frodigh capped off a memorable week of golf by firing his approach shot on the 358-yard, par 4 18th hole to four feet. He drained the birdie putt – his 12th of the championship – to earn the right to have his named etched on the Charles E. Mason Trophy.
"This is probably my biggest win," said Frodigh, who will be a senior at Westwood High School in the fall. "Hopefully now I will get more notice from colleges."
Collegiate coaches would have to be impressed by Frodigh's play all week long, especially on day three when he fought off a strong charge by Jake Shuman (Blue Hill CC).
Entering the final round with a two-stroke advantage over Shuman, Frodigh played even par golf through his first five holes but watched as his lead disappeared as a result of strong play by Shuman who – for the second straight day – made birdies on the 4th, 5th and 6th holes.
"When he pushed back, I was even par and I knew that I had to make a couple of birdies to try to extend my lead," said Frodigh.
With the pressure building, Frodigh delivered.
He matched Shuman's birdie on the 529-yard, par 5 6th hole and then gained back his advantage thanks to birdies on the 9th and 10th holes. That stellar play – Frodigh was 3-under par through that five-hole stretch – coupled with a costly double bogey by Shuman on the 7th hole gave Frodigh the opening he would need.
"[Shuman] was leaving a bunch of putts dead center," said Frodigh, who dazzled the gallery by making a 30-foot putt on the 9th hole. "It really could have been a close match but I guess that is just how it goes."
Frodigh capped off his round in fitting fashion with that remarkable shot on the finishing hole.
"My approach shot on 18 was what I had planned to do but I didn't think that it would be that tight," said Frodigh. "I was looking and hoping for a birdie to finish off."
And he did just that and then took a moment to savor his MGA Championship victory.