#MATTsters at The Masters Brockton Firefighter Matt Parziale's journey at Augusta National

30 year old Brockton Massachusetts native Matt Parziale became the first Bay State amateur golfer in 17 years to earn an invitation to The Masters, golf's biggest stage and the first major of the year, when he won the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship last October.

Since then, Parziale had a very monumental "off-season," competing in several top-tiered tournaments around the country - and the world - in preparation for his debut at Augusta National on April 5. That's of course, when he's not serving the city of Brockton on the seventh busiest ladder company in the United States.

As the name Matt Parziale and his story has been spread across the world, we've gathered just some of the stories regarding Matt's journey to the Masters!

Parziale opened his official invitation to The Masters from Chairman Fred S. Ridley on Christmas eve, a fitting gift for the holidays.

While we've known of Matt's bravery and dedication to his community as a Brockton firefighter since the beginning, his story first became a worldwide sensation with the USGA's release of its Golf Journal feature on our hometown hero...

To show its support for its 4x and reigning player of the year, reigning Massachusetts Amateur champion, 2x Mid-Am champion, and 2x Four-Ball champion, Mass Golf unveiled its #MATTsters social media campaign to show Matt Parziale - and the world - that his home state had his back as he made his debut at Augusta.

In Mid-March, the story of Matt Parziale's dual life as a full-time firefighter and a part-time amateur golfer was told in this Golf Digest feature ⤵️

That same week, Matt's story was told as part of Golf Magazine's preview to the Masters in a piece titled, "Hooks and ladders: A Massachusetts firefighter will tee it up at the Masters"

As his Masters debut neared, his storyline began to take shape and his name quickly became a household item in golf circles across the United States ...

On the March 27th episode of Golf Channel's Golf Central, Geoff Shackelford said Brockton firefighter Matt Parziale was the biggest storyline heading into the Masters.
While Parziale was the first Bay State amateur golfer since 2001 to compete on golf's biggest stage, he isn't the first player that coach Shawn Hester has helped get to Augusta. 17 years ago, he also helped Brookline's James Driscoll reach the Masters.
On the Saturday prior to the Masters, he helped 98.5 The Sports Hub's Hardy kick off another season of The Sports Hub Golf Club with a Masters preview that included interviews with Parziale & Brendan Steele, who he would later find out was in his group for Rounds 1 & 2
On Masters Monday, Matt's story was featured on an ESPN SportsCenter special and included details on the congratulatory note he received from his childhood idol, Tiger Woods. ➡️

And on Monday night, he was the feature story on a special that aired on Golf Channel with host Rich Lerner

He also got air time with an interview on CNN with Don Riddell ⤵️

And his first unedited interaction with the press came from the Augusta Press Room following his first practice round with Rory McIlroy

Following his first press room experience, Matt Parziale's story didn't only hit every newspaper in America - but it reached nearly every continent as well

He starred on the front page of ESPN.com on Wednesday with an excellent piece compiled by senior writer, Ian O'Connor.
What Did Tiger Say to Parziale in their 9-hole practice round Wednesday?

And he received several Good Luck Messages from local sports teams...

And of course, all those who sent messages from all over using #MATTsters on social media...

Thank you to Brockton's Thorny Lea Golf Club for hosting its #MATTsters party to celebrate Matt's first round of the Masters!

Mass Golf thanks you for your support of Matt Parziale at The Masters! And don't forget, this is just the beginning!

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