Parziale wins rain-shortened Francis Ouimet title

Matt Parziale, 26, won a five-hole playoff to capture the rain-shortened 46th Francis Ouimet Memoral Tournament July 26 at Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale, Mass.

Heavy rains Thursday night and Friday morning reduced the normal 54-hole event to 36 holes.

Parziale (68-71), Cody Paladino (67-72) and John Flaherty (68-71) were tied at 3-under 139 after 36 holes. The tournament is held over three courses: the first two rounds were played at Wollaston Golf Club and Wellesley Country Club. The playoff was held at Woodland, the home course of Ouimet, the 1913 U.S. Open champion.

Officials canceled the final round Friday and the threesome played a three-hole aggregate playoff for the title.

Parziale, a reinstated amateur who won this title in 2009, spent about two years playing the eGolf Tour and NGA Tour. After the first three holes, Parziale and Paladino were tied. Flaherty was eliminated.

Parziale and Paladino tied the first sudden-death playoff hole (No. 16). At the next hole, Paladino hit his tee shot out of bounds and made double bogey. Parziale made par to capture the title.

“This was very special to win here again,” said Parziale, of Brockton, Mass. “I’m feeling good about my game, and feel that if I can get in contention I have a chance.”

Dick King (74-74) defending his title in the Eddie Lowery Senior Division with a three-hole sudden-death playoff victory over Kevin Carey (70-78) and Joe Walker (74-74). All three finished at 148 after 36 holes.

The seniors also played a three-hole aggregate playoff and were tied forcing extra holes. King won it with a 2-foot birdie at No. 18, the sixth extra hole.

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