USRowing Masters National Championships Returns to Lake Quinsigamond

24 Aug

USRowing Masters National Championships Returns to Lake Quinsigamond

Worcester, Mass.—USRowing is pleased to announce the date and location of the 2016 USRowing Masters National Championships, scheduled for August 18-21, on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The event, hosted by Destination Worcester and Quinsigamond Rowing Association, features athletes 21 and older competing for national titles in 202categories.

“Worcester’s history of hosting regattas of high caliber and importance promises to be a great experience for the Masters rowing community,” said USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique. “We expect to have the nearby Boston rowing community make a strong showing and possibly break the record set in Camden.”

Hosting regattas since the mid-1850s, Lake Quinsigamond has been an ideal location for crews to compete and establish numerous boat clubs around the lake’s shores. In 1952, the lake held the 1952 National Olympic rowing trials. Destination Worcester, the region’s travel and tourism agency, played an integral role in helping to secure the 2016 rowing competition.

“We are pleased to be the chosen venue for the USRowing Masters National Championships and look forward to welcoming thousands of participants from across the country to Worcester,” said Christina M. Andreoli, Executive Director, Destination Worcester. “The four-day event is expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors to the region,” she added.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone back to Lake Quinsigamond,” said treasurer of Quinsigamond Rowing Association Patrick Diggins. “We are looking to break that new record set in Camden and regain our crown for hosting the largest USRowing event ever.”

Lake Quinsigamond has played host to a number of USRowing National Championship Regattas, as well as NCAA and ECAC college events including the 2015 NEIRA, BIG EAST and Patriot League Championships. In 2005 and 2012, Lake Quinsigamond hosted the USRowing Masters National Championships.

 

“I’m thrilled that US Rowing will be coming back to Lake Quinsigamond for the 2016 US Rowing Masters National Championships,” said Edward Augustus, City Manager, City of Worcester. “My administration is eager to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the event is a resounding success. We look forward to once again showcasing our city and our world class rowing venue to thousands of rowing fans from across the country.”

This year’s USRowing Masters National Championships, held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., featured 2,024 competitors from 149 rowing organizations across the country making it the largest USRowing event ever held. For more information about the venue, visit Lake Quinsigamond website at http://www.qrarowing.org.

 

About USRowing USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 75,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, JanSport, Nielsen Kellerman, Vespoli and WinTech. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners: ANXeBusiness Corp, Boathouse Sports, Bucket List Events, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Rudy Project and Shimano. USRowing relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and provides opportunities for those with disabilities, also benefits from corporate support.

 

 

 

Strong Field with Local Ties Coming to Brockton for Inaugural W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea

6 Aug

Three Massachusetts natives to play in Symetra Tour event August 14-16

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 5, 2015 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, is headed to Brockton, Massachusetts for the inaugural W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club from Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16. A strong field of 138 professionals and two local amateurs will compete for a $110,000 total tournament purse. 

 

The winner of the event will earn $16,500 and take a significant step towards an LPGA Tour card for 2016 with just seven events remaining in the season. 

 

The three local products are current Symetra Tour member Brittany Altomare (Schrewsbury), 17-year-old from Rockland High School Megan Khang and soon-to-be sophomore at Georgetown Jacquelyn Eleey. 

 

Altomare is a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Women’s Open and was the 2013 ACC Player of the Year at the University of Virginia. Altomare is in her second full year on the Symetra Tour. She finished 18th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list in 2014 and currently ranks 32nd this year.

 

Khang, who plays and practices out of Thorny Lea, is the number 15 ranked amateur in the world by the WAGR. Khang qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open in 2012 and was the low amateur (T35) in her third U.S. Women’s Open this year. Khang was recently named to the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team.

 

Eleey, who graduated from The Taft School in 2014, was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2015 and won the conference individual title. In her first year at Georgetown, she posted six top 20’s, five top 10’s and a win. She led the Hoyas in scoring average. 

 

The 140 player field, which was released Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., will include the entire current top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. No. 1 Giulia Molinaro (Treviso, Italy) leads the Tour with eight top 10 finishes in 12 events while No. 2 Lee Lopez seems destined for a win with four second place results this season. No. 7 Annie Park (Levittown, N.Y.) has dominated headlines lately with wins in two of the last three events – the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic and the PHC Classic. Park, who turned professional just two months ago after her junior year at USC, has moved into the top 10 in just six starts. 

 

First round play begins on August 14 at 7:30 a.m. from the first and tenth tees. Following second round play on Saturday, there will be a cut to the top 70 and ties. The final round will be a single tee start with an estimated finishing time of 4:45 p.m. 

 

Official practice rounds begin on Monday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. The official W.B. Mason Championship pro-ams will take place at Cohasset Golf Club on Wednesday, August 12 to make room for the WGAM Amateur Championship & President’s Cup. The winner of the WGAM event will earn a spot in the W.B Mason Championship.

 

The W.B. Mason Championship is free and open to the public. 

W B Mason Championship Final Field

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