Conway’s Gunnar Moore eliminated in playoff at Mass. Junior Amateur Championship

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer

Published: 08-01-2023 8:40 PM

A playoff kept Conway’s Gunnar Moore from advancing to match play at the 105th Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship on Tuesday at GreatHorse in Hampden.

The Frontier Regional graduate found himself tied with three other players for the last two spots in Wednesday’s match play at three shots over par after 36 holes. Moore survived the first hole  with a par after Cole Cassidy of Winchester didn’t match the other three with a bogey.

Nic Gebhardt of Wachusett birdied the second playoff hole to reach the next round, while Moore and Longmeadow’s Trevor Drew both hit pars to move on to a third. On No. 18, Moore hit his approach shot to five feet from the hole, but Drew drained a birdie putt from the fringe. Moore missed his birdie putt to end his tournament and send Drew on.

Moore reached the playoff by shooting a 2-over 74 on Tuesday. He recovered from a double bogey on the first hole with a birdie on No. 2. Moore got back to even par with a birdie on the Par 5 11th hole, but consecutive bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 put him into a tie for 15th with three other players  to fight for the last two spots in match play. 

Amherst’s Piet Hartman shot a 78 to finish +13 for the tournament. He improved by a stroke from Monday’s round despite three double bogeys on the front nine. He ripped off consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th holes.

Northampton’s Galen Fowles carded a 79 to also land +13 after two rounds. He notched an eagle on the Par 5 eighth hole to go with bridies on No. 6 and No. 14. Fowles dropped in a three wood to two feet from the cup and tapped in the putt.

His younger brother R eilly Fowles shot an 84 to end at +15.

Belchertown’s Michael Murray carded a 78 with a birdie on No. 8, improving from his Monday 80.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.]]>

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