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Bryce Baringer competes with the “best golfers in the state” at the 2024 Massachusetts Amateur Championship
Bryce Baringer competes with the “best golfers in the state” at the 2024 Massachusetts Amateur Championship

Playing golf helps Bryce Baringer mentally prepare for football. The New England Patriots punter has many analogies when comparing the two sports.

But more than ever on Monday and Tuesday, after playing 36 holes on two of the summer’s muggiest days, he could justify two rounds against Massachusetts’ best golfers as sufficient physical preparation for the NFL preseason.

“It was hot and humid, I’m soaked and tired, but it was good,” Baringer said after submitting his scorecard at the 2024 Massachusetts Amateur Golf Championship.

“It was nice to be back out there and feel the competitive spirit again.”

Since the Patriots’ OTAs and mandatory minicamp concluded weeks ago, Baringer has been working toward participating in the Mass. Amateur.

When he realized the tournament was being held in nearby Framingham, he managed to find only one qualifier in the Berkshires that was still open for entries. He won a medal at Stockbridge Golf Club, shooting a 69 to secure his place in the championship.

“It worked out perfectly,” Baringer said of the timing of the tournament relative to his offseason.

“I came on a whim and said screw it, let’s just try it. I played really well (in qualifying) and played well again today. If I could get maybe three or four total swings back from the two days, I think I’d have a good chance. But either way, it was fun having my wife here, my really good friend Keith (Regalbuti) on the bag, and then my dad came as well, so it was a good time.”

By Aurora