Concord, Massachusetts – On Wednesday, the morning wave of players were greeted with a light rain to start the day. By the end of the day it was hot and sunny as competitors finished play on day two of the 91st New England Amateur Championship. And the player everyone is chasing is 16-year-old John Broderick (Dedham C&P Club; MA).
Broderick shot the round of the day making 7 birdies en route to a 5-under par 65. Starting his day on the back 9, he birdied 3 of his first 5 holes. His only blemish of the day was a double bogey on 15, but he bounced back quickly with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17. Broderick finished strong, shooting a bogey-free 33 on the front nine.
“It felt great, honestly leading up to this tournament I felt good I really like this course. I played some high school golf here. I love the course and I love the front nine. Yesterday my driver was just not that good. I kind of scrapped it around the course, but today I had 12 putts inside twelve feet. I was just hitting it great all day. I feel great going into tomorrow.” said Broderick.
In the morning, it was a round of 2-under par (68) by Jack Tegan (TPC of Boston; MA) that set the pace. Tegan got off to a good start, making birdie on 11, his second hole of the day. After a bogey on 18 (his 9th hole), he kept a clean card on the front with birdies on six and seven. His 68 helped move him to one-under par for the tournament and into a tie for second place. Tegan was able to take advantage of softer conditions brought on by the morning rain.
“The game feels pretty good, the course was softer today, you could hit your shots the right yardage and they’d stop or spin. I had an earlier tee time so everything was soft. The only hard part is some of those pins you just can’t be in the wrong side. If you put yourself in some good spots and make a couple putts.” said Tegan.
The other players to finish at 1-under par after two rounds of play included William Huang (GC of New England; NH), who played alongside John Broderick. Nick Maccario (Bradford CC; MA) shot a bogey-free 67 to jump into the group at 1-under. Round one co-leaders Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC; ME) and Timothy Umphrey (Tatnuck CC; MA) shot matching 73’s to stay in the mix at 1-under par.
Only four other players were able to muster rounds under par on the day, all shooting 1-under par 69: Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC; MA), Tommy Dallahan (Hartford GC; CT), Bill Forcier (Wannamoisett CC; RI), and Herbie Aikens (Old Sandwich GC; MA). Parziale’s 69 got him to even par for the tournament and into a good position for the final two rounds. Dallahan got back to +1 for the tournament, also a good position heading into Thursday while Forcier’s 69 helped him make the cut on the number.
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The Best From Each State
After two rounds of play the top scores from each state were:
Connecticut – T9 (+1) Tommy Dallahan (Hartford GC)
Massachusetts – 1st (-3) John Broderick (Dedham C&P Club)
Maine – T2 (-1) Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC)
New Hampshire – T2 (-1) William Huang (GC of New England)
Rhode Island – T9 (+1) Andrew O’Leary (Pawtucket CC)
Vermont – 12th (+2) Bryson Richards (CC of Barre)
Play will resume on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. when the remaining 46 players begin play in round 3. Players will go off in twosomes off split tees. Round 4 will also take place Thursday, beginning shortly after round 3.
A Tew Club Championships at Concord Country Club
Take a quick walk around the clubhouse at Concord Country Club and you will see many artifacts showcasing the proud history of the club. One name you’re sure to see is John Tew, longtime member and five-time Club Champion at Concord. Tew won his first Club Championship in 1976 at the age of 21, and the last of his five in 1985.
You would think 5 Club Championships was impressive, but that’s nothing compared to the 12 Club Championships he also won at the Wianno Club down on the Cape. At Wianno, Tew won his first Club Championship in 1972 at the age of 17. In collecting his 12 Championships, he accomplished the feat of winning a Club Championship in 5 different decades.
Tew is still a proud member at Concord CC and carries a handicap ranging from 3-5 throughout the season.
Super Conditions at Concord Country Club
One thing that every player can agree on at the 91st New England Amateur Championship is the beauty and condition of the golf course. Peter Rappoccio has been the Superintendent at Concord Country Club for 11 years and is also the president of GCSANE and the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation. Members and players alike have been raving about the course throughout the week and it has been easy to see why.
Following his round on Wednesday, Jack Tegan said this about the course: “The course is so nice, even when it was soft and got a lot of rain, there were no mud balls off the tee or anything. It’s a perfect course.”
Along with his normal crew, Rappoccio has brought in a secret weapon to help maintain the course throughout the Championship. Rappoccio’s father, also Peter, was a longtime (40 years) Superintendent at Silver Springs CC in Connecticut, but has come out of retirement to join the crew for the week.
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