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Trevor Drew of Long Meadow fails in the quarterfinals of the Mass Amateur

Trevor Drew of Long Meadow fails in the quarterfinals of the Mass Amateur
Trevor Drew of Long Meadow fails in the quarterfinals of the Mass Amateur

Trevor Drew of Long Meadow prepares his putt during his playoff victory over Molly Smith at the Lowell City Golf Tournament. (Photo by James Thomas)

Trevor Drew represented Long Meadow Golf Club quite well at the 116th Massachusetts Amateur Championship.

The 19-year-old Tyngsboro resident was the only local to advance to match play, and he scored a memorable win Wednesday morning at Framingham Country Club.

In the sweltering heat, Drew was in a heated battle with Ben Spitz of George Wright Golf Course. Spitz was up 1-0 after the 15th hole, but Drew won the 16th hole to tie the match. The match went to the 21st hole, when Drew shot a 4, one stroke better than Spitz.

In the afternoon, Drew was eliminated in the round of 16 by defending champion Ryan Downes of Longmeadow and GreatHorse.

Downes had to play a playoff to get into match play, and he was strong in both of his wins on Wednesday. Long considered one of the state’s best young players, Downes got off to a good start, taking a 3-up lead over Drew after just four holes.

Drew recovered and played Downes before Downes won the 10th and 11th holes. Drew won his only hole, the 13th, but the match ended on the 15th green.

Drew, a former Tyngsboro High standout, recently claimed the Lowell City Golf Tournament title with a thrilling playoff victory over Molly Smith. Drew defeated Smith on the second extra hole at Long Meadow.

Smith, of Westford, was one of seven local players who failed to make the cut and advance to match play.

Much Hard

Lowell native Mike Hart is far from home, still pursuing his baseball dreams and thriving in South Dakota as a member of the Sioux Falls Canaries.

After a good start, Hart was selected for the American Association of Professional Baseball (AAPB) All-Star Game.

Hart will represent Sioux Falls in the July 23 game at Kansas City. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound outfielder has a robust .325 batting average with three home runs and 25 RBIs through Tuesday. He has scored 22 runs, collected 39 hits and stolen six bases.

The Canaries play in the North Division of the AAPB, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

Hart, 30, is coming off a monster season in which he hit 26 home runs, scored 69 runs and had a .302 batting average for the Canaries.

He played catcher, third baseman and outfield for head coach Dan Graham at Lowell High. He played collegiately at UMass. He was co-captain of the Minutemen in 2017. As a junior, he had a team-best batting average of .313, including seven doubles, three triples and three home runs.

New UML AD

UMass Lowell will introduce its new athletic director on Thursday at the Costello Athletic Center. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

The new AD will replace Peter Casey, who led the River Hawks into their Division 1 era. His contract was not renewed when it expired this spring.

Editor’s note

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