30 year old Matt Parziale, a Brockton firefighter by trade, opened up the 2017 season by winning his second straight MGA Amateur Four Ball Championship with longtime competitor and friend Herbie Aikens. The pair then competed at the US Amateur Four Ball Championship at Pinehurst No. 2
Between those two Championship Propers, Parziale also won the Norfolk County Classic. He then won the Amateur Invitational at New England Country Club in late June.
After finishing runner up in the Massachusetts Mid Amateur Championship in late September, Parziale won the USGA US Mid Amateur Championship in Atlanta in mid-October, granting him a spot in the 2018 Masters, 2018 U.S. Open, the 2018 & 2019 U.S. Amateur's and the next 10 US Mid Amateur Championships. He becomes the first ever Bay State native to win the US Mid Amateur Championship!
Frank Vana, Jr. didn't earn his senior status until August of this year, but that didn't stop him from jumping up the George M. Cohen MGA Senior of the Year standings and collecting his division leading 500 points. After earning medalist honors at the US Senior Amateur local qualifier, the 55 year old Vana advanced all the way to the semifinal round of the US Senior Amateur Championship at Minikhada Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Vana advanced to match play of the 2017 MGA Amateur Championship in July then finished T4 in the MGA Senior Amateur Championship in September. His last MGA competitive event of the season, the MGA Mid-Amateur Championship, saw him place T-6. His 27th appearance in the match play portion of the Massachusetts Amateur Championship was also a record for any MGA competitor.
Bass Rock GC member Mark Turner had another tremendous season on the links, accumulating 523 points in the Christopher Cutler Rich MGA Junior Player of the Year standings, enough to net his first career Junior Player of the Year nod.
Turner advanced to the quarterfinal round of match play at the MGA Amateur Championship in July and finished fourth at the Massachusetts Junior Amateur in August. He also finished sixth at the New England Junior Invitational and helped Team Massachusetts win the title against teams from each of the New England's five other state squads.