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Framingham champion Matthew Naumec reaches the last eight of the Massachusetts Amateur on his home course
Framingham champion Matthew Naumec reaches the last eight of the Massachusetts Amateur on his home course

Matthew Naumec, who finished runner-up in last year’s Massachusetts Amateur, is taking full advantage of the 116th edition of the event at Framingham Country Club, where he is a three-time club champion.

Naumec reached the 32-player match play Tuesday afternoon through a 4-for-3 playoff and edged out medalist Matt Cowgill (4 and 3) and Tyler Dupuis (3 and 2) on Wednesday to reach the last eight. He will be joined there by the other qualifiers from that playoff, with both defending champion Ryan Downes and Danny Frodigh winning two matches each on Wednesday.

Downes, a Longmeadow High graduate who is headed to Vanderbilt this fall, beat No. 3 seed Sean Fitzpatrick (6 and 4) and Trevor Drew of Tyngsborough (4 and 3) to advance to the quarterfinals. Frodigh made a birdie from the edge of the green on the 19th hole to eliminate No. 2 seed Shuvam Bhaumik in his morning match, then beat Jake Ratti of Plymouth 2 and 1 in the round of 16.

On Thursday morning at the Essex County Club, Naumec will face John Broderick of Wellesley in a rematch of last year’s semifinal. Broderick, who just finished his sophomore year at Vanderbilt, won a medal last year after shooting a course-record 62 at the historic club. Downes will face Ethan Whitney of Westminster, the rising Temple University senior he knocked out in the round of 16 last year to become the youngest winner in tournament history.

Frodigh will face reigning Massachusetts Mid-Amateur champion Ricky Stimets, who culminated in an ace on the par-3 11th hole in his round of 16 victory over Collin McMahon-Shea of ​​Nashawtuc.

In the fourth quarterfinal, Brockton native and 2017 amateur champion Matt Parziale will face Aidan O’Donovan of Somerville, who is just beginning his junior year at Rhode Island. The winners will play in semifinals later Thursday, with the 36-hole final scheduled for Friday.

For the first time this year, the winner of the Mass Amateur will receive an exemption to compete in the US Amateur.

By Aurora