In 2008, Matt Parziale lost in the final round Massachusetts Amateur Golf Tournament.
Nine years later, Parziale was victorious, defeating Matt Cowgill of Wayland Country Club, 4 and 3, at the Charles River Country Club on Friday.
“That was only my second state amateur,” said Parziale, 30, who is from Brockton and plays at Thorny Lea CC. “I didn’t even expect to make the finals that year. I was just happy to make match play, and then I found myself in the finals. I was so close and it takes so long to get back I almost took it for granted the first time. This time is special.”
In the 36-hole final, Parziale took the lead on the first hole and never relinquished it. Cowgill bogeyed four holes on the front nine while Parziale didn’t miss a green.
“He definitely took advantage of those holes in the beginning,” said Cowgill. “I was trying to do exactly what he did. I just couldn’t get going early enough. That is key to take advantage of those holes in the beginning. There are plenty of birdie holes out there after, but I just couldn’t get them to go.”
Parziale, who was seeded third, shot 69 (-1) through 18 holes, which included a pair of birdies. Cowgill finished the opening 18 holes at 74 (-4).
At the start of the second round, Parziale created some separation, opening up a 7-hole lead. Bogeys by Parziale on holes 10 and 11 opened the door for Cowgill to chip away at the lead, but Parziale birdied the 15th to clinch.