110th Massachusetts Amateur winner Patrick Frodigh
HYDE PARK, MA (July 13, 2018) - It was a dream that was three years in the making, but the wait didn’t dampen the moment for Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC).
Three years after he finished as runner up, Frodigh made a triumphant return to the finals and captured the 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship title as his own on Friday afternoon at George Wright Golf Course.
“It hasn’t really hit yet,” said Frodigh. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to do this with all my friends here watching. I felt like we both had a bunch of people here watching us. Cheers were both ways.
There was a lot of them, and both of us hit some great shots. It is just awesome and a pleasure to be able to play a 36-hole match against Herbie.”
On Friday, he delivered a 4 & 3 victory over Herbie Aikens (Old Sandwich GC) in the scheduled 36-hole final and as a result became the 77th individual to win the Massachusetts Amateur Championship which dates back to 1903.
“Winning this event is definitely up there, definitely top three,” said Frodigh, who announced that he plans to turn professional after this season. “It was a lot of fun this week. I am so happy to win this state amateur in what is my last year being an amateur for a long time hopefully. We will see what happens.”
Before he begins that professional golf journey, Frodigh was able to bask in the fact that he won what will go down as one of the most historic Massachusetts Amateur Championships. For the first time in golf history, the both state amateur championships – the one held this week as well as the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship scheduled for later this month – were hosted on two public/municipal golf courses.
While the primary focus of this week’s 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship was on the playing field, which started off with 144 competitors before dwindling down to the final two competitors in the final round of match play Friday, there were no questions that the unsung heroes of the championship week were the young men and women involved with City of Boston’s Caddie/Scholar Program.
In the midst of their six-to-eight week work program set up with the help of the City of Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh’s office and the Boston Parks Department, young men and women from across the city have assisted in the operations of the cities two municipal courses, George Wright Golf Course and William J. Devine Golf Course, the site of this past week’s state amateur championship.
“It was always called the caddie scholar program, and when I first came here, they did teach them more about caddying than anything else and they did not do any work on the golf course,” explained George Wright head golf professional Scott Allen. “After a couple seasons of that, we decided to turn it into more of a working program, where they could still play golf and still learn how to play golf, but the majority of our time spent now is working on the course.
During each individual program, these young men and women, which averaged between 25 and 30 participants each day, assisted the course in a variety of different roles. The assigned projects have ranged from filling divots to even working on major course renovations and improvements.
“We have them filling divots on the tees and we have groups on the fairways,” said Allen. “We clean out just about the [worst] areas you can imagine, areas the goats didn’t even want to go into.
They will build bunkers and do certain projects that we like to do too.”
Over the course of this week’s five-day tournament, which began Monday at William J. Devine before making its move to George Wright, the caddie/scholar program has played an essential role in the overall success.
Among the assigned tasks this week included filling divots, picking up broken tees, fore caddying and serving as scoring bearers, pivotal roles that ensured the Massachusetts Amateur Championship remained one of the top amateur tournaments in the country.
For both George Wright Golf Course and Franklin Park Golf Course, the caddie/scholar program has been extremely beneficial.
“At the end of their program, they really make a huge difference for us for those 6 to 8 weeks,” added Allen. “It’s a really cool program that the city allows us to have. It all comes from the city and its Parks Department, who do a great job. You’re proud of what the golf course is and you’re also proud of what the kids do.”View results for Massachusetts Amateur
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