The Mass. Open is under way at Vesper Country Club with the first round in the books. Round 2 is scheduled for Tuesday (rain expected), with the final round on Wednesday after a cut is made.
Local players hoping to contend include a pair of former two-time City Tournament champions: Lowell's Chris Gentle of Mt. Pleasant (2015, '16) and Marc Chandonnet (2000, '01), a Dracut native who played out of Long Meadow.
Also, Vesper director of instruction Rich Berberian is in the field after coming back from the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, where he played well but missed the cut.
Meanwhile Andover pro Rob Oppenheim, the former Long Meadow member and City Tournament contender, will tee it up in the U.S. Open on Thursday at historic Pebble Beach Golf Link on the Monterrey Peninsula in northern California.
Oppenheim will tee off Thursday at 11:46 a.m. Eastern time with Richard Lee of the U.S. and Rhys Enoch of Wales. They'll start their Friday round at 5:31 p.m.
The groups right in front of them include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Reed.
In local golf action this past weekend...
Mt. Pleasant GC
Women's City Tournament qualifying was held at the Staples Street jewel over the weekend with 12 players set to tee is up in the main event on July 20 on their home turf.
Morgan Smith was seeded onto the team off her second-place finish last year at Vesper.
She will be joined by Brooke Weza (medalist at 85), Donna Foley, Kelley McKiernan, Linda Hill, Chrissy Ely, Andrea Dutile, Karen Moynihan, Moura Bowser, Sue Allison, Maggie Moriarty and Donna Armstrong.
The three alternates are Dana King, Diane Murphy and Kristen McLeod.
Long Meadow GC
Womens's City Tournament qualifying saw great weather at LM for the contestants and Janelle Wagstaff came in as qualifying medalist with a score of 89 to capture the Kelly Brooks Memorial Cup.
She joins two seeded players, defending champ Molly Smith and Caitlin Barry at the top of the team
The rest of the Meadow dozen includes Anne Farley, Sue Maslowski, 11-year-old Madison Smith (the third of the Smith girls), Joan Buckley, Libby Gaffney, Brigid McNiff, Leann D'Entremont, Karn Hanley and Garland Kemer
The three alternates are MaryRose Murphy, Kelly McFadden and Linda Kilbride.
A member's point quota event on Sunday turned into a runaway for Steve Ossinger, whose plus-12 score (1-under 71 gross) was five better than Paul Murphy and Mark Donovan (plus-7).
The annual Meadow-Mount tourney also took center stage at the club.
In the A Flight, Andrew Mierzwa and Ken Guys of Mt. Pleasant were 4-under 68 to edge Matt Demaras and Phil Smith (LM) by a shot, and Brendan Allen and Nick Fantasia (MP) by two shots.
In the B Flight Alan Sayer and Bob McGrory of Long Meadow won it at 75, two shots ahead of the teams of Dennis Conners-Phil Conners (MP), and Dave McInerney and Steve Sudol (LM).
In the net division, Armie Sancartier and Bob Talbot (MP) took the A Flight at 10-under par, one shot better than Doc Casey-Dana Singleton (LM) and two up on Gus Chapman-Brian Chapman (MP).
In the B Flight net Alan Sayer and Bob McGrory (LM) took top honors at 10-under par. Steve Sudol and Dave McInerney (LM) were second at 8-under, and Anthony Delgroso-Lou Perriello (LM) and Dennis and Phil Conners (MP) tied third at -7.
Nabnasset Lake CC
Nab also held it's qualifying round for the annual Women's City Golf Tournament, to be contested on July 20 at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell.
Anne Windhol was seeded onto the 12-player team and the qualifying medalist was Barb Crowell, who fired an 85.
The other 10 golfers on the squad are Sophie Flabouris, Lisa Colangelo, Deb Nawoichik, Laura Nejame, Judy Lantagne, Julie Abrahamson, Kelly Boyle, Nikki Funaro, Jillian Feeney and Sharon Reilly.
Alternates are Deb Villano, Jen Paletta and Linda Zaher.