Hornblower kicks off major season in New England
Frank Vana
Frank Vana
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (May 28, 2013) -- The first major invitational of the season in New England tees off Friday at Plymouth Country Club as the Hornblower Memorial gets underway.

An underrated event on the national scale, but a big event for top amateurs in Massachusetts and New England, the Hornblower is in its 49th year. The event is named for the club's 'benefactor' Henry Hornblower, who collaborated with the then Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

The fact that the event is nationally underrated doesn’t take away from the quality of the field. The top mid-ams and collegiate players in New England are in the perennially strong field and ready to take aim at the prestigious title this week.

Defending champion Colin Brennan will be in the field to defend. The recent Johnson & Wales graduate was a two-shot winner last year. He also came in second at the annual Ouimet Memorial, falling to Jack Whelan, a star at Division III Saint Lawrence, who’ll also be in the field.

Top mid-amateurs Matt Bianchini, Peter Alminas, Doug Clapp, Brian Higgins, Cody Paladino, Doug Pargian, Frank Vana and Brad Valois.

Other collegiate stars in the field include Andy Mai, Richy and Mickey Werenski.

It’s a who’s who of the top stars in and around New England. Be sure to follow the action throughout the weekend on amateurgolf.com.

ABOUT THE Hornblower Memorial Invitational

Long running amateur invitational tournament named for Plymouth Country Club "Benefactor" Henry Hornblower who collaborated with the now defunct Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

To create a resort complex, the hotel ceded enough land for 3 holes, Hornblower contributed enough for 6 more holes and Plymouth Country Club's first 9 hole course came to life. A brilliant investment advisor (founded Hornblower & Weeks, a leading investment firm in Boston) he not only drove his firm and his country club through the expansion in the 1920s, but even guided both through the perils of the Great Depression that followed. (More history is available on the tournament website.)

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