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Smith wins golf title with strong finish

Franklin golfer Keith Smith, 55, on his way to this year’s Mass. Senior Amateur title.
Franklin golfer Keith Smith, 55, on his way to this year’s Mass. Senior Amateur title.David Colt

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Keith Smith, a two-time club champion at Franklin Country Club, won the Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship earlier this month on his first try. The 55-year-old Smith did it the hard way – making birdies on four of his final seven holes to forge a first place tie, then winning a three-man sudden death playoff on the third extra hole. He was one of just two competitors to post under par rounds at the two-day event at Haverhill Country Club. His victory earned Smith exemptions for several MGA 2014 tournaments, including the Mass. Open, Mass. Amateur and Mass. Mid-Amateur and a five year exemption for the Mass. Senior Amateur.“So I’m planning to play a lot more competitive golf next year,’’ said Smith, who outlasted former champions Jack Kearney and Tom Bergeron in the playoff.

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