The Masters connection to Brockton


Matt P and Tiger Woods

Brockton Massachusetts once known for being the shoe capital of the world, the stage for Thomas Edison’s playground for innovation and home tt Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano and Middleweight Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler has continued  producing a standard of excellence not to be duplicated anywhere else in the world.  Two members of a community with a very rare circumstance connect Brockton to The Masters.  Herbert Warren Wind, Sports Illustrated writer, resident of Brockton, member of Thorny Lea Golf Club  connects The Masters Tournament to Brockton unlike any other condition in the world.  Matt Parziale Amateur Golfer by virtue of winning the Mid Am Tournament, also a member of Thorny Lea and resident of brockton, is playing in The Masters.  Wind inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008 coined the phrase Amen Corner at Augusta National in 1958 and covered 48 consecutive Masters Tournaments.  How proud would Herb have been writing about Matt Parziale.  Matt has given a new life to a resurgent community desperately looking to find a new identity.   20 miles south of Boston and a 25 minute train ride into South Station, Brockton offers great opportunity for living in an affordable Downtown community with a short commute to Boston.  How great it is to live in such a historic community with such a rich sports legacy and being able to live the moment watching Matt play with Tiger Woods and Freddy Couples and  competing in this years Masters Tournament.  Certainly a dream come true for the local firefighter and meaning so much for Brockton.  Matt finished yesterday’s round at plus 7 placing him at +16 for the two days but that’s not the story.  Matt Parziale in true Brockton form and gave it his all.  The greens were treacherous and Matt was on most of them in regulation.  He birdied 2 holes on Thursday and eagled the par 5 13th on Friday, a hole that Sergio penciled a 13 Thursday.  Golf is a humbling experience to those of us who love the game and Matt has a memory he will cherish the rest of his life and an experience he has shared with all of us.  He went to Augusta a winner and returns home a winner.  Matt thank we will always be proud of what you have given us and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your dream.  Now we look forward to the US open