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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Westwood's Frodigh claims Mass. Junior Amateur

By Scott Barboza

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.