Feeding Hills' D'Amario takes second at PGA Assistant Championship

Sept. 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD – Adam D'Amario enjoyed a tremendous career during his undergraduate days at Western New England University (WNEU), now he is starting to make his mark in the world of professional golf.

D'Amario had rounds of 78 and 67 for a 145 total to finish in second place (a stroke behind Kyle Bilodeau) at the Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship on Sept. 4 at Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent.

Not only did the 28-year-old D'Amario win $600 for his performance under wet conditions, more importantly, he qualified for the 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship at the PGA Golf Club Wanamaker Course Nov. 1 to 4 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

This event features 144 contestants with the winner receiving $10,000. Former champions include Rich Beem, Fred Funk, and Loren Roberts, among others.

D'Amario will be making just his second appearance in the tournament after having made the elite field in 2009.

A native of Feeding Hills, D'Amario is emerging as one of the top players in New England and currently stands third in the PGA Connecticut Section Player-of-the-Year race.

It's been a busy and successful summer for the former Golden Bears captain who has just missed winning several tournaments.

He tied for first but lost in the playoff to Ian Marshall at the Spring PGA Stroke Play Tournament at Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Connecticut in May, just missing an exception to the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

The Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship yesterday was D'Amario's eighth second-place showing of the season.

D'Amario won the 2011 Connecticut Professional Championship at Shennecossett in Groton, Connecticut, which earned him an invitational to the PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet & Black Horse Courses in Seaside, California this past June.

D'Amario is in his first as the assistant golf professional at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Connecticut after spending the last seven seasons as the assistant at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Massachusetts.

He received his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from WNEU in 2006, after completing an internship at The Ranch the previous summer.

D'Amario led the Golden Bears with a 77.1 average for 16 rounds covering 11 tournaments his senior year. He was the medalist at both the Elms and MIT Jack Barry Invitationals, and tied for third at the NCAA Division III Northeast District Shootout.

"When Adam came here he wasn't even the best player on his Agawam High School team, but when he left Western New England, he was our top player," long-time Golden Bears coach Bill Downes said. "He has a tremendous work ethic and did everything he could to make himself a good player and it has paid off."

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