McFarlane Leads at N.E. Amateur after Round 2
Updated July 19 at 11:22 am
Round 2 Notes:
Reese McFarlane (Purpoodock Club) sits atop the leaderboard at -6 under par through 36 holes and leads the 89th New England Amateur Championship by three strokes entering this afternoon's final round. Steven Dilisio, a rising junior at Duke University, birdied his final three holes on Thursday morning to shoot the lowest score of the second round with a 66. Paired with his opening 71, Dilisio sits at -3 for the tournament and the closest to McFarlane with 18 holes to play.
In all, 68 players returned to Portland CC this morning to complete their second rounds that were halted due to darkness on Wednesday evening. The New England Amateur is traditionally a 72-hole championship, but severe weather that passed through Falmouth on Tuesday afternoon stopped play and forced tournament organizers to shorten the event to 54 holes. Since the weather passed, players have been treated to perfect Maine summer weather to compete on the venerable Donald Ross layout on Casco Bay.
Jack Wyman, Drake Hull, and Matthew Paradis -- the reigning state Amateur winners from last week in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, respectively -- all are in the clubhouse at 138 (-2) to share the lead among those who have completed 36 holes. Ten players sit under par for the championship with one round to go.
The cut for this year's event fell at 145, with 43 players advancing to the final round. In addition to vying for the Harry B. McCracken Jr. trophy that is awarded to the winner of the championship, players are trying to finish in the top 20 to earn a berth in next year's New England Amateur at The Queechee Club in Queechee, VT.
Stay tuned this afternoon for what promises to be an exciting finish to this year's event.
Round 1 Notes:
The first round of the New England Amateur Championship is finally in the books, with Maine's Reese McFarlane (Purpoodock Club) leading after an opening 65 (-5). The Cape Elizabeth golfer made a late eagle on the par-5 16th hole to vault himself to the top of the leaderboard, carrying a one stroke lead over last year's champion Bobby Leopold (RI).
McFarlane was part of the group of half the field that didn't even start their first round yesterday. Severe weather moved through the area in the early afternoon and caused the tournament committee to halt play for the day in the early afternoon. Only 12 players finished their opening round on Tuesday, with the remainder of the field resuming play at 7:30 this morning, including the second wave which began off both tees to start their championship.
Jack Wyman (Portland CC) shot an even-par 70 in his opening round. Wyman is coming off his second consecutive Maine Amateur Championship last week and remains in contention playing at his home track. Jason Gall, also a member at the host club, sits tied with Wyman after the first round after matching with a 70 of his own.
The second round began at 12:30 pm, and play will continue all day until the sun goes down. Players that don't complete their second rounds will resume play at 7:30 am tomorrow morning. A 36-hole cut will pare down the field to the low 40 players and ties, who will compete in Thursday's final round slated to commence in the early afternoon. Due to Tuesday's weather delays, the event has been shortened to 54 holes.
Click here to read a recap of round one from the New England Golf Association.