Tri-State Matches: Mass. tops Rhode Island, Conn.
NORTON, Mass. (Oct. 12, 2012) -- Fueled by a strong singles matches performance on Friday, the 12-person team from Massachusetts collected a record ninth straight Tri-State Matches title at Old Sandwich Golf Club.

The Bay State squad posted 42 points on Friday to finish with a total of 67.5 points which was 9.5 points ahead of Rhode Island (58). Connecticut finished in third with 36.5 points.

In its 79-year history, no other team has been able to claim that many titles in a row. In fact, Team Massachusetts broke the previous record of eight straight titles (set by Massachusetts) last year. Massachusetts has now won a total of 30 Tri-State Matches titles since its debut in 1928.

Heading into the second and final day of play, Team Massachusetts held just a one-point lead over Rhode Island.

Thanks to seven match victories, however, the Bay State squad extended their lead and never looked back.

Leading the charge on day two were Doug Clapp (Old Sandwich GC), Benjamin Spitz (George Wright GC) and Don Reycroft (LeBaron Hills GC), who all captured the maximum number of six points each in their singles matches.

Also coming up strong on Friday were Brian Higgins (Franklin CC), Kevin Carey (Dennis Pines GC) and Jack Kearney (Elmcrest CC) with 5.5 points each.

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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