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McCaigue '20 Wins Ty Abate Award

Brookline resident Colin McCaigue learned something during this year’s New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship. He learned that among golfers in the field 19 and younger, he posted the lowest score during the tournament’s two rounds of stroke play.

That distinction earned him the Ty Abate Award, which is presented annually by the Union Leader to the golfer 19 and under who has the lowest score during the qualifying rounds. Abate was a Union Leader sports writer best known for his golf coverage.

McCaigue, who is 17, qualified for match play as the No. 35 seed after he shot 152 — 8 over par — during stroke play. He lost to Passaconaway Country Club’s Jared LaMothe, the 1999 State Am champion, 1-up during Wednesday’s round of match play. McCaigue was 2-down after two holes, but the match was even headed to the 18th tee.
“My goal, first and foremost, was to make the cut, go to match play and see how far it could take me” McCaigue said. “(LaMothe) is a former pro and he was very gracious. It was a dog fight.”

McCaigue, who will be a senior at the Derryfield School in Manchester, was playing in the State Am for the second time. He failed to make the cut last year.

Although he’s a member Townsend (Mass.) Ridge Country Club, McCaigue was representing Amherst Country Club in this year’s tournament.

“Amherst is Townsend’s sister club and I’m allowed to hold a handicap at both courses,” McCaigue explained. “I have to choose between (playing in) the Massachusetts Amateur or the New Hampshire State Am.”

McCaigue also plays baseball and basketball for Derryfield. He took some solace in the fact that he scored better than Derryfield Country Club’s Dan Arvanitis — his high school golf coach — in this year’s State Am. Arvanitis, who won the State Am at North Conway CC in 2001, finished stroke play at 154.

“I beat him in the Am, but he usually gets the best of me out on the course,” McCaigue said. “Overall I came away pretty satisfied with how I played in the tournament.”

McCaigue will be presented the Ty Abate Award at The Leaders, the Union Leader’s annual sports awards dinner held each February.

This year’s New England PGA Championship will be held at Concord Country Club and Manchester Country Club on Aug. 5-7. Hooksett’s Rich Berberian Jr., won last year’s tournament, which was held in Rhode Island. Berberian shot a 7-under-par 207 at Quidnessett Country Club and Warwick Country Club.

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