Brockton's Parziale anticipates Northeast Amateur

Matt Parziale enters this week at the Northeast Amateur on a high note after finishing as the top amateur at the U.S. Open from Shinnecock Hills. (WJAR)

Matt Parziale enters this week at the Northeast Amateur on a high note after finishing as the top amateur at the U.S. Open from Shinnecock Hills.

"It was a lot of fun to compete there. I was happy to make the cut, play four rounds. I wish I could've played a little better each round. I had a bad stretch of three or four holes. It was disappointing, but other than that I played pretty solid," said Parziale.

Parziale is a Brockton firefighter who was following in his father's footsteps as a firefighter prior to winning the U.S. Amateur last fall. That gave him a chance to play in the Masters and the U.S. Open. Matt is currently on leave and says he misses the time away from Ladder 1.

"I miss the fires. Everyone loves going to the fires. The guys, I've kept in contact with the guys, get a beer with them, and see them. But yeah, the fires are fun. Miss those for sure," Parziale said.

Parziale's inspirational story has caught the attention of golf fans across the country, including Rhode Island's Brad Faxon.

"Really no better story right now than Matt Parziale. I think everybody has embraced this guy because he's one of those few that gives back and serves for us and he can play," said Faxon.

This will mark Matt's sixth trip to the Northeast Amateur, a place that he says he loves to play.

"This is one of my favorites of the year, so I always look forward to coming here even when it's not the Northeast. I just love playing Wannamoisett, so it's going to be an exciting next four days to be able to compete here. I was here two weeks ago and the course is in awesome shape. So excited to get out there this afternoon," Parziale said.

Tournament play starts Wednesday. A champion will be crowned on Saturday.

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