BROOKLINE, Mass. – Rising Duke men's golf senior Steven DiLisio was crowned the champion in the 111th playing of the Massachusetts Amateur Championship, which wrapped up Friday with a 36-hole match at The Country Club in suburban Boston.
The native of Swampscott, Mass., DiLisio survived the 36-hole stroke play portion of the championship earlier in the week, then advanced through four rounds of match play to reach Friday's championship where he dispatched Hopkinton’s Jimmy Hervol, who played collegiality for Connecticut.
DiLisio tallied eight birdies in his 34 played holes Friday, opening as much as a 5-up lead before Hervol rallied. Hervol sunk a 14-foot putt on the 34th hole, the par-3 16th, but DiLisio answered with a difficult five-foot birdie putt to close out the victory and become the 77th different winner of the championship.
“It’s awesome. It’s exciting. I’ve been playing in [the Massachusetts Amateur Championship] since I was 12 or 13 years old with my brother and this is my first win,” said DiLisio. “It’s a long week. You’re hoping it’s a long week. I’m just super excited.”
DiLiso's busy summer continues next week at the Porter Cup, one of the country’s most prestigious amateur events, at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y. The Blue Devil will also compete at the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship in mid-August at Pinehurst.