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Colin Brennan paces Mass. Amateur stroke-play field

Match play is all about putting

Once again, Colin Brennan has positioned himself nicely for a run at his first Massachusetts Amateur title, securing medalist or co-medalist honors for the third consecutive year.

The stroke-play portion of the Mass Am has been a breeze for Brennan, who plays at Indian Ridge Country Club. It’s the match play format he’s trying to figure out.

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“It seems to all come down to putting,” Brennan said, after shooting an even-par 70 at Longmeadow Country Club Tuesday to share the low 36-hole stroke-play total at the 105th Massachusetts Amateur with 2003 champion Andy Drohen (69) at 1-under 139. “In all of the matches I have lost it has been where guys make more putts than I have. You want to hit it well, but you have to make key putts, especially down the stretch.”

Brennan, despite being the No. 1 match-play seed each of the past two years, lost both times in the quarterfinals. He’ll be the top seed this time, too, and will face Ian Thimble in Wednesday morning’s first round. Thimble earned the 32d and final match-play spot in a playoff. Seven players battled for five spots in the playoff, which ended after the first hole. Nick McLaughlin made birdie, William Trainor, Jeffrey Lang, and D.J. Hynes got in with pars, and Thimble got in despite a bogey.

Daniel Woodbury, a 17-year-old student at St. John’s in Shrewsbury, finished in third after shooting a second-round 69, one of only five under-par scores Tuesday. Matt Parziale (69) and Steven Burak (71), a pair of players from Thorny Lea Golf Club, were tied for fourth, with first-day leader Joe Harney (74) alone in sixth.

Kevin Quinn shot a 71 — highlighted by a hole-in-one at No. 16 — to advance. Quinn needed the ace; he was two shots better than the playoff total.

One name notably missing from the 32 who have moved on is Frank Vana Jr. For the first time in 23 years, the nine-time state player of the year and two-time Mass Am winner (2004-05) failed to qualify for match play, shooting 75-77. The cut came at 8-over 148.

NEWGA — Tracy Martin shot a 73 Tuesday at the Renaissance in Haverhill, the low score by a Massachusetts player at the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship. Katherine Partridge of Connecticut was the overall leader after shooting 71.

Other Bay State players in the 105-player field who were in the top 10 after one round: Anastasia Carter (76, seventh), Pam Kuong and Isabel Southard (78s, tied for eighth), and Alyssa Morahan (79, tied for 10th). The tournament, which includes players from all over New England, concludes Wednesday.

Junior PGA — John Lazor of Westwood and Elizabeth Gudas of Osterville won their respective divisions Tuesday at the New England PGA Junior Championship at Marlborough Country Club, advancing to the national tournament in Sterling, Va., July 29-Aug. 1.

Lazor, 17, and Gudas, 18, each held the lead after the first round, and both ultimately won the 36-hole event by one stroke. Lazor (73-72) held off Jake Shuman (75-71) for the boys overall title. Gudas (73-77) overcame a triple bogey on her final hole to edge Julia Ford (75-76).

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.
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