Gonzalez and Belden Compete at Massachusetts Women's Amateur Championships

Holy Cross Athletics   08-06-2018

HYDE PARK, Mass. - Juniors Jackie Gonzalez and Maddy Belden recently competed at the 115th Annual Massachusetts Women's Amateur Championships hosted by the George Wright Golf Course July 30-Aug. 2.

The Women's Amateur Championships is a match and stroke play tournament with two qualifying divisions. The top 32 players from the stroke play qualifier moved on to the Championship Bracket, which included Gonzalez, who shot +5 in the qualifier and tied for 13th overall. The President's Cup Bracket included the players who did not qualify for the Championship Bracket. 

To start the Round of 32, Gonzalez faced Jennifer Keim (Bayberry Hills Golf Club) and defeated her 5 & 4. The junior captain would move on to face Sue Curtin (Boston Golf Club) and won 1 up. 

Gonzalez would face Shannon Johnson (Thorny Leg Golf Club) in the semifinals. Johnson beat Gonzalez 5 & 3 and went on to the win the tournament.

Jackie Gonzalez

"I played really well this year, making it to the semi final match for the first time," Gonzalez said. "It was a really fun week, and I'm excited to see how I play this fall back at Holy Cross."

Belden played in the President's Cup Bracket and won her first match against Kym Pappathanasi (Renaissance Golf Club) 3 & 1. She was then defeated by Danielle Lee (International) 6 & 5 in the round of 16. 

Maddy Belden and Kym Pappathanasi

"This was my first time competing in this event and I am really glad I did it," Belden said. "It's totally different than college tournaments since it's a mix of stroke play and match play. Overall, I didn't play how I wanted to, but it was a good experience. Match play is always a good time. Pat O'Leary from our men's hockey team was my caddy, so we had a lot of purple on the course!"

Gonzalez and Belden look forward to returing to Holy Cross in the fall and will lead the women's golf team as captains. 




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