Jaye returns to links for Mass. Amateur

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Despite not being on a team any longer, Hopkinton’s Abby Jaye continues to play plenty of competitive golf. The 2019 Hopkinton High School graduate recently took part in the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship at Plymouth Country Club. While she said her performance was not her best, the experience still was one to remember.

“It was fun,” Jaye, 20, said. “My dad got to caddy for me and we had a great time.”

Jaye shot 83 and 80 during her two stroke-play rounds in the tournament, a cut below the usual high 70s she cards as a 4 handicap. Over the past year, she has shifted to playing individual competitions after being on a golf team for much of her life.

Jaye was a captain for the Hillers and a member of the back-to-back state championship squads under coach Dick Bliss. After graduating, she went to Stonehill College and was a member of the golf team there. Golf was a main impetus behind picking Stonehill, Jaye said, and when her focus shifted to academics and her career, she decided to enter the transfer portal after her freshman season.

“I knew I wanted to play for a year or two and just see how it was,” she said. “I had been playing for so long and I was looking at schools that had golf, I wasn’t looking academically at all. I regretted doing that and I decided I was going to apply to other schools.”

Jaye had opportunities to play at Holy Cross and Bucknell, but she ultimately decided to attend Boston College for its business program. She joined the club golf team last year, but there were no events due to the pandemic.

“The one thing I do miss is playing on a close-knit team,” Jaye said. “It was a lot of fun, and that’s what I really enjoyed at Stonehill.”

She’s hoping for more tournament play moving forward and, in the meantime, is enjoying being a more recreational golfer.

“I am definitely more relaxed with it,” Jaye said. “I feel like I have been playing better and I have had more low rounds the past couple of years. It’s a more relaxed way to play because there are no coaches looking at my scores; it’s made me play better because it’s just for fun.”

Jaye also is enjoying her academic pursuits at BC. Her major is finance and she is looking into commercial real estate after an internship in that space. Ultimately, she said she might want to pursue something in the banking world.

But golf, including competitive golf, always is going to be part of her life.

“I will play in some tournaments, it’s just the question of how many,” Jaye said. “I love playing tournament golf. It can be more fun than playing casually because it gives you something to work towards and goals to accomplish.”

It also jibes pretty well with her career path.

“It will work out pretty well,” Jaye said. “There are a lot of golfers in the business world.”