Published On: Sun, Oct 22nd, 2017

The new amateur champion fights fires when he not sinking putts

BROCKTON — As his son, a newly minted national amateur champion, stands on the doorsteps of golf’s great cathedrals, Vic Parziale chuckles as he remembers that afternoon a quarter-century ago at the Brockton Fairgrounds. A bucket of balls, an old club, and three generations of Parziales standing on an improvised practice tee. “The only thing I remember is that as he followed through, he hit my father in the chest,’’ Parziale recalled. “It wasn’t like the kid was going to be the next Arnold Palmer or anything. But he could make contact.’’ Yes, Matt Parziale could make contact. And, as a little boy, he paid attention. And he archived some fond memories of his own. Like many other little boys, he

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