Boston High School: Jake Shuman

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.

Barrett eyeing another strong U.S. Junior Amateur

July, 15, 2012
STRATHAM, N.H. -– Keene, N.H., resident Chelso Barrett came within one match-play victory of winning the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. This week he'll give it another try.

Barrett, who will be a senior at Keene High School in the fall, is among the 156-player field in this year's U.S. Junior Amateur, which begins Monday at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H.

“I like [the course],” Barrett said following Sunday's practice round. “It has a lot of New England characteristics design-wise. It favors somebody who plays the percentage shots. It's not a course you can get overly aggressive on.”

Jordan Spieth, the low amateur at last month's U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, beat Barrett 6 and 5 in last year's championship match at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Spieth, who also won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009, is not in this year's field. Spieth and Tiger Woods are the only players who have won the U.S. Junior Amateur more than once. Woods won the event in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

“There's pressure, but it's a good kind of pressure – not a nervous pressure,” Barrett said. “I don't feel like I have to perform for anybody.”

Barrett, who has committed to play golf at Texas Christian University, is one of seven New England residents who will participate in this week's tournament, which features golfers who have yet to turn 18. The others are Brian Butler (West Hartford, Conn.), Jake Shuman (Needham, Mass), David Thompson (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Connor Greenleaf (Windham, N.H.), James Park (Deerfield, Mass.) and Danny Guise (Greenwich, Conn.).

“Making the cut is the first thing,” Greenleaf said. “The top 64 would be great. From then on the more matches I win the better. I'll try to make it as far as I can.”

The tournament will include two days of stroke play, after which the field will be trimmed to the low 64 scores plus ties. A round of match play will be held Wednesday, followed by two rounds of match play on Thursday and Friday. Saturday's championship match is scheduled for 36 holes.

This is the first time the USGA has held a championship in New Hampshire. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Greenleaf's threesome on Monday will include Beau Hossler, who made a name for himself by turning in a strong performance at last month's U.S. Open. Hossler was four shots behind the leader after 54 holes, but tied for 29th after shooting 76 in the final round.

Hossler was the medalist in last year's U.S. Junior Amateur.

“That'll be fun,” Greenleaf said. “Who didn't see him play in the U.S. Open?”

Jim Liu is the only past champion in the field. Liu became the youngest champion in the tournament's history when the prevailed in the 2010 event at age 14.

“Right now it's all about getting to match play,” Greenleaf said.