Massachusetts claims eleventh consecutive Tri-State Matches win
BLOOMFIELD, Mass. (Oct. 10, 2014) — It was another record-setting day for the 12-person team from Massachusetts.

The Bay State contingent continued to make history by capturing an 11th straight Tri-State Matches title this afternoon. This year’s event was hosted by Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

No other state has been able to accomplish such a feat since the event was formally introduced in 1928. In its more than 80-year history, no other team has been able to claim that many titles in a row.

With its most recent victory, Massachusetts now lays claim to 32 Tri-State Matches titles and is narrowing the gap with Connecticut (39), which still leads the race for overall titles.

On this day, the Bay State team rallied from a 1.5-point deficit following the foursome matches on Thursday to win the title by 7.5 points over host Connecticut. Massachusetts finished with 62 points, while Rhode Island came in third with 45.5 points.

Leading the charge by capturing the maximum six points on Friday in his singles match was Alex Stimpson (Woods Hole GC). Stimpson, who is a two-time Massachusetts Four-Ball Champion, dominating in his singles match against Benjamin Day (CT) and Dr. George Pirie (RI). One day earlier, Stimpson combined with John Kelly (Twin Hills CC) to capture 5.5 out of a possible six points in their foursome match. As a result, Stimpson finished as the top Bay State point getter this year.

Also making impressive contributions on day two were Doug Clapp (Old Sandwich GC), Jordan Burke (Needham GC) and J.C. Guthrie (Wedgewood Pines CC), who all registered 5.5 points.

Keith Smith (Franklin CC) finished with 3.5 points on Friday, while Alex Jeffers (Woodland GC), Don Reycroft (LeBaron Hills CC) and Brian Higgins (Franklin CC) all posted 3 points. Team Massachusetts dominated in singles play with 42.5 points, which was nine and 10.5 points better than Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.

ABOUT THE Tri-State Matches

The history of the Tri-State Matches dates back to 1907 when the team from Massachusetts was victorious at the Agawam Hunt Club in Providence, Rhode Island.

Since that time, teams from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have come together each fall to compete for the regional title. Individual amateur golfers are selected each year by the respective state golf associations.

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