Jacob Zaranek’s U.S. Amateur run ends after stroke play

  • Jacob Zaranek tees off on one at the 73rd Invitational Four Ball at the Greenfield Country Club in 2018 STAFF FILE / PAUL FRANZ

Published: 8/13/2019 9:12:16 PM

After a second-round 78, Jacob Zaranek’s first trip to the U.S. Amateur Championship came to an end on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old South Deerfield resident capped his tournament with an 8-over-par 78 and missed the cut. Playing the No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina, Zaranek opened with a double bogey on the first hole and was unable to string birdies together to get back in contention.

Zaranek’s two-day total of 13-over 153 tied for 208th place. The cut line to advance to Wednesday’s match-play portion of the tournament sat at 5 over. Weather halted play at 4:57 p.m. on Tuesday for over an hour before players were allowed back out at 6:15. Zaranek had a morning tee time and was already in the clubhouse when the weather rolled through North Carolina.

Following Monday’s 75 at Pinehurst’s No. 4 course, the rising junior at Fairfield University opened his second round with a double bogey on the 401-yard, par-4 first hole. He followed with bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6, making the turn at 4-over 39.

Zaranek bogeyed No. 11 and dropped two more shots with a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole to fall to 7-over.

After sinking five birdies in his first round on Monday, Zaranek made his lone birdie of the second round on the 386-yard, par-4 13th hole.

He closed out his round with pars on 14, 15 and 18, while making bogey on Nos. 16 and 17. All told, he shot 39 on both the front and back nines en route to the 8-over 78.

Mass. Women’s Amateur

No area golfers survived the cut following the second round at the 116th Massachusetts Women’s Amateur, held at Weston Golf Club.

The top-32 golfers qualified for the match-play bracket with the cut line at 27-over par.

Gale Gates (Orchards GC) had a 13-over 86 to finish at 31 over for the tournament.

Anna Casagrande (Northampton CC) improved her first-round score by three strokes but shot an 89 to land at plus-35.

Nora Patton (Orchards Golf Club) tied with Casagrande at plus-35 after a 23-over 96 in the second round.

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