Having lost the lead he had owned for two straight days, Patrick Frodigh used three birdies over a five-hole stretch midway through the final round to restore control of the Massachusetts Junior Amateur. A closing 69 Wednesday let him go wire-to-wire at Oakley Country Club, Frodigh ultimately holding off Jake Shuman by four strokes.
“It means a lot to me,” said Frodigh, who will be a senior at Westwood High School. “Hopefully now I will get more notice from colleges.”
Frodigh completed 54 holes at 4 under par, with Shuman (71) alone in second. Three straight birdies by Shuman early in the round forced a tie, but Frodigh responded with birdies at Nos. 6, 9, and 10 to build his lead back to three.
Steven Dilisio had the day’s lowest round, a 68, that allowed him to finish third overall and win the pre-junior division. Nicholas Cummings captured the boys (13 and under) division, shooting a 73 to finish at 8 over par for 36 holes.
Megan Khang ran into a buzzsaw on Wednesday, falling to stroke-play medalist and No. 1 match-play seed Hyo-Joo Kim of South Korea, 7 and 6, at the US Women’s Amateur. Khang, a 14-year-old from Rockland, survived a playoff to make match play at The Country Club in Cleveland, but as the 64th seed drew Kim, who birdied five of the first seven holes and never trailed.
Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley can humbly call himself a world champion. The 10-year-old won the US Kids Golf World Championship in Carthage, N.C., last week in dramatic fashion, making birdies on his final two holes to edge Martin Vorster of South Africa. Thorbjornsen won the boys’ age 10 division, which included 140 players, with rounds of 71-69-70 on the par-72 Little River Golf & Resort course, which played 5,150 yards for that age group. Other Massachusetts players competing, and where they finished: Aidan LeBlanc of Beverly (sixth, boys’ 7), Waase Iqbal of North Attleboro (tied for 21st, boys’ 7), Alex Landry of Andover (tied for 74th, boys’ 8), Michael Barrasso of East Sandwich (tied for 75th, boys’ 9), Jacob Finard of Weston (tied for 109th, boys’ 9), David D’Agostino of Everett (117th, boys’ 9), Matthew Epstein of Hopkinton (tied for 67th, boys’ 10), Tucker Dalton Gullbrants of Brockton (tied for 111th, boys’ 10), Max Hutter of Boston (tied for 114th, boys’ 10), James Imai of Brookline (tied for 41st, boys’ 11), Jarod Buffone of Sutton (tied for 78th, boys’ 12), Andrew O’Leary of Norfolk (tied for 89th, boys’ 12), Brian Seo of Longmeadow (tied for 89th, boys’ 12), Jonathan Farrell of Feeding Hills (tied for 128th, boys’ 12), Allison Paik of Sharon (tied for 43d, girls’ 10), Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills (tied for 10th, girls’ 11), and Alexandra Chicharro of Fall River (44th, girls’ 11).
Whole lot of holes
The 20th playing of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s Golf Marathon on Wednesday raised $250,000, with Connor Burdick of Worcester Country Club playing the most holes, at 197. The event, held once again at Stow Acres Country Club, pushed the total money raised in 20 years to $4.5 million. For the fifth straight year, Oyster Harbors was the top fund-raising club . . . Andy Drohen, who recently captured the Massachusetts Amateur Public Links championship, led a group of nine players who qualified for the US Mid-Amateur, to be held Sept. 8-13 at Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago. Drohen, from Granville, shot 70 at Springfield Country Club and was the medalist; Ronald Laverdiere (Amherst) and Scott Congdon (Foxborough) also qualified. At Wellesley Country Club, Doug Clapp of Walpole was co-medalist after shooting a 2-under 68. Kevin Quinn of Needham also got through . . . Kristen Macdonald (Thomson Country Club) and Kate Heffernan (Salem Country Club) teamed up to shoot a 69 at Wellesley Country Club and win the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts’ Hannah D. Townshend Cup.
Not a bad stretch of golf recently for Colin Brennan, who set two course records last week. The 23-year-old shot 62 at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, where he’s a member, then had a 64 at Concord Country Club two days later. The bogey-free 62 at Indian Ridge was a 10-under-par round (29-33), with two eagles and six birdies. It topped the old course record of 63, set by current Web.com Tour player Rob Oppenheim. Brennan’s 6-under 64 at Concord – seven birdies, one bogey – was two shots better than the old mark of 66, shared by head professional David Poplyk and former NHL goalie Mike Dunham.