Southeastern (MA) Am: Purrington wins
08 Oct 2012
see also: Southeastern Amateur Championship, Cohasset Golf Club

By Bob Dicesare

MILTON, Mass. (Oct. 7, 2012) -- Mark Purrington proved over the weekend that he can play well with more than one set of sticks.

An accomplished drummer who attended the Berklee College of Music, Purrington entered Sunday’s final round of the 53rd Southeastern Amateur Championship at Wollaston Golf Club with a one-stroke lead over Michael Willock and first-round leader Brian Secia and never relinquished it.

He banged out a 2-over-par 74 to hold off a surging Herbie Aikens (4-under 68 for the day) and capture the Roger Barry/Patriot Ledger Trophy in his first attempt as the only golfer to finish under par for the tournament at 2-under 213 (71-68-74).

Richard King of Hyannis GC won the senior division (76-71-77-224), Dave Pomarico of South Shore CC captured his third consecutive super-senior division (79-79-88-246), and Plymouth CC narrowly edged Thorny Lea GC for the team title based on the three lowest cumulative scores from members Michael Willock, Stephen Kuhn, and Nick Drago.

“I’m one-for-one,” said the 25-year-old Purrington, a Dartmouth resident and member at Allendale CC, who passed on a couple of gigs at Boston clubs this weekend to make his debut in this tournament. “I gave up a few decent paydays to play in this, but it was worth it.”

Purrington won the Mass. Golf Association Junior Amateur Championship in 2002. He was a member of the Dartmouth High golf team and a club champion at the Country Club of New Bedford before graduating in 2005. He then spent the next four years living in Allston while studying at school and playing the drums – but not playing much golf.

ABOUT THE Southeastern Amateur

Since its founding in 1960, the Southeastern Amateur Championship has grown to become one of the premier amateur golf tournaments in Massachusetts. Past champions include Allen Doyle, holder of two US Senior Open Championships and former PGA tour card holders, Dr. Bill Mallon, Dave Marad, David O'Kelly and Peter Teravanien. Dubbed the championship of working men by tournament co-founder Roger Barry, the players compete for MGA Player of the Year points in this final significant event of the season on the Massachusetts golf calendar.

The tournament is open to all amateur golfers, but those with handicaps of seven or less are given preference, as are golfers affiliated with clubs or courses in the southeastern Massachusetts area.

Competitors will be vying for the open title, which earns the winner the Roger Barry Trophy, while Seniors (age 55 and over) battle for the Dick Lambert Cup, and Super Senior golfers (age 65 and over) are competing for the Fordie Pitts Cup. In addition, the club with the lowest team score wins the Ray Bump Cup.

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