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Brockton, MA Firefighter Matt Parziale Is In The Mid-Amateur Final Today Playing For A Spot In The Masters

Wicked LocalMatt Parziale of Brockton has a chance to cap his superb golf season with a national championship Friday.

The 30-year-old Parziale has advanced to the final round of the 37th annual U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship where he will face Josh Nichols of Kernersville, N.C., in a 36-hole showdown Friday at the Crabapple Course at Capital City Club.

The winner will receive a full exemption into the U.S. Open in Southampton, N.Y., next June and likely will be invited to play in the Masters in April.

As Mid-Am finalists, Parziale and Nichols are exempt into the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and will receive a 10-year Mid-Amateur exemption.

Earlier this season, Parziale, a firefighter in Brockton who plays out of Thorny Lea Golf Club, won the Massachusetts Amateur championship and the Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament, both in July.

“This is what all mid-ams want,” Parziale told USGA.org after advancing to the final. “I am excited to be here and I am excited for the opportunity.”

The US Mid-Am is a tourney for dudes 25 and older. Basically it’s to determine the best amateur in the country who’s not an up-and-coming college star. And the winner of the Mid-Am earns a bunch of exemptions into big tournaments, traditionally receiving an invite to play in the Masters.

Stoolie and all-around great dude Stew Hagestad won the Mid-Am last year, then won low amateur honors at the Masters after making the cut. He erased a 4 DN deficit in the Mid-Am final to win in 37-holes with this putt.

Anywho, this year we’ve got 30-year-old Brockton, Mass firefighter Matt Parziale in the final. He plays out of Thorny Lea in Brockton, a popular club for good young players. Many who played in college. If you’re not rooting for this dude today then fuck you. Seriously, fuck you. I don’t know Matt directly but I’ve got several buddies who do and they say he’s the man. Plus he’s a firefighter so I think you hate first responders if you root against him. 36-hole finale, the winner plays in next year’s US Open and Masters. Matt gets his rocks off WATCHING the Masters every year — today he can lock up the chance to play in it.

At the time of this writing, our guy’s 3 UP thru 7.

Let’s. Fucking. Go.

Oh and here he is ripping a few beers after earning his spot in the final yesterday. Beauty.

Go Matt Go.

UPDATE: 6UP thru 18. Cue the duckboats!