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Aikens wins Southeastern Amateur with 10 shots to spare
Herbie Aikens (MassGolf/Twitter photo)
Herbie Aikens (MassGolf/Twitter photo)

COHASSET, Mass. (Oct. 8, 2018) – Herbie Aikens earned his second Southeastern Amateur title Sunday by a wide margin of victory. Aikens, who plays out of Old Sandwich Club in Plymouth, Mass., was 10 shots ahead of the next-closest player.

Aikens last won this title in 2016, when the tournament was shortened because of weather. This week, Aikens had rounds of 69-69-70 to finish at 5-under 208. He was the only player under par for all three rounds. John Hadges of Thorny Lea Golf Club was second at 5 over.

The tournament is played at three courses in eastern Massachusetts: Easton Country Club, South Shore Country Club and Cohasset Golf Club.

Aikens’ amateur-golf highlights include a second place at the 2014 Stocker Cup (he tied for first but lost in a playoff). He also won the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur and the Public Links Championship in 2014.

Behind Hadges, Ryan Pelletier finished third at 6 over. Pelletier, a reinstated amateur who plays out of Pawtucket Country Club, was T-6 at the Francis Ouimet Memorial earlier this summer. He partnered with brother Kyle to win the Gilholm Cup last week.

In the senior division, John Hadges won the title with a 5-over 218 total. Steve Tasho was runner-up at 10 over. Both players belong to Thorny Lea Golf Club, which also claims 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Matt Parziale and 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Shannon Johnson.

Jon Fasick won the super senior title at 11 over.

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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