June 21 – ELLINGTON – Jason Thresher was disappointed not to earn one of four spots for the Travelers Championship during Monday’s tournament qualifying event at Ellington Ridge Country Club.

But the 33-year-old from Suffield hadn’t set high expectations for himself in just his third round of competition since undergoing surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in October.

Thresher made the par-5 13th but doubled on the par-4 14th and par-3 17th to make the turn at 2 of 38.

He birdied three and bogeyed two of the front nine to finish at 1 of 73.

“My swing has been a work in progress trying to get it back,” Thresher said. “Even right now the leg isn’t 100 per cent yet. It’s about 85 per cent. So I’m still trying to get it back. I’ve made a few bad mistakes, mental mistakes. I’ve hit 14 with a nice long putt and I felt pretty good then doubled the next hole from the fairway I can’t remember playing the greens this fast here in a long time and that’s what made me drawn in. The three three putts in the first ten holes.

Thresher was an all-state performer at Suffield High before playing collegiate at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

He earned eight individual medalist honors, earned 15 top-3 finishes, and posted 27 top-10 finishes at Bryant. He was named All-New England selection and PING Division I All-Region as a junior and senior.

Thresher turned pro after graduating from Bryant in 2010 and has played on the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour Canada.

He won his third straight Massachusetts Open Championship in 2018, becoming the fifth competitor in the event’s 109-year history to win the tournament three times in a row.

In November 2020, while competing in the final event of an eight-tournament series created by the Latin American and Canadian tours, Thresher began experiencing discomfort in his left knee.

He chose to play despite the pain, however, as stepping away from the game would jeopardize his status on both tours.

“It never got better, but it didn’t get worse, so I kept playing,” Thresher said. “I didn’t have time to take off because there were all these events I had to attend or you automatically lose your status. So I played through that.”

Thresher made five of 10 cuts on the Latin American and Canadian tours during the 2021 season, posting a top 10, tie for ninth place at the Mexico Open in March.

He decided to get his knee repaired after failing to pass the first stage of qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour in September.

The procedure was completed on October 27 and Thresher did not touch a golf club until March, when he was cleared to resume light physical activity.

He returned to the golf course in mid-April and planned to play his first round of competition at the local US Open qualifying tournament on May 16.

Thresher shot a 4-under 67 at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Albany, New York to earn medalist honors and advance to the second leg of qualifying.

But he was unable to secure one of the five US Open berths in the second qualifier, as he shot 74-71 for a 5-for-145 over two days at the Century Country Club. and at the Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, New York.

“I don’t feel him swinging or hitting the ball, but I feel him walking,” Thresher said. “If I catch my foot badly, I feel a tug and it starts throbbing for a while. It’s just uncomfortable.”

He will compete in the New Hampshire Open starting Thursday and the Connecticut Open in August before entering qualifying school for the Korn Ferry, Latin American and Canadian circuits in September.

The tear in Thresher’s left meniscus has not been fully repaired, but he does not know when he will do further work.

“There’s still a tear there, but it’s been better for a month, so I’m not really thinking about it right now,” Thresher said. “In the future, I will probably have him reworked. It’s waiting to see how I play, how much longer I will play.”

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