BRETTON WOODS, New Hampshire – The 23rd annual New England Senior Amateur Championship made its return to the Granite State as 120 players comprising all six New England states competed on a blustery Tuesday at the Donald Ross-designed Mt. Washington Resort Golf Club. By the end of the day, four players finished with a share of the lead at 3-under-par 69.
The Championship will conclude with the final round Wednesday, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.
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In the morning wave, Massachusetts players Andrew Falcone (Plymouth CC) and Frank Vana (Marlborough CC) rose to the top of the leaderboard, making five and six birdies, respectively, to shoot 3-under. James Staffieri (Salem CC; MA) and Connecticut's Bob Murphy (Brownson CC) matched them in the afternoon as both finished their round by making birdie on the 18th.
Murphy will tee off at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, while Falcone, Vana and Staffieri have the final tee time at 1:45 p .m. All four players have a chance to win the NEGA Senior Amateur for the first time.
Don Foberg (Plymouth CC; MA); shot a 2-under 70 and leads the Super Senior Division, which consisted of players 65 years and older. He is also T5 overall with Connecticut's Richard Malafronte (Indian Hill CC).
Defending champion Bob Kearney (Bretwood GC; NH) is currently T10 after firing an even-par 72 in the opening round.
Day 1 Leaderboard
T1 - Andrew Falcone; Plymouth CC (MA); -3; 69
T1 - Bob Murphy; Brownson CC (CT); -3; 69
T1 - Frank Vana; Marlborough CC (MA); -3; 69
T1 - James Staffieri; Salem CC (MA); -3; 69
T5 - Don Foberg; Plymouth CC (MA); -2; 70
T5 - Richard Malafronte; Indian Hill CC (CT); -2; 70
T7 - Dave Szewczul; TPC River Highlands (CT); -1; 71
T7 - Jack Kearney; Westover GC (MA); -1; 71
T7 - Ronald Laverdiere; Crumpin-Fox Club (MA); -1; 71
Top Performers From Each State
Connecticut – T1 (-3) Bob Murphy
Massachusetts – T1 (-3) Andrew Falcone; Frank Vana; James Staffieri
New Hampshire – T10 (E) Bob Kearney (Bretwood GC)
Maine – T12 (+1) Len Cole (Falmouth CC); Keith Patterson (Biddleford-Saco CC)
Rhode Island – T12 (+1) Bruce Heterick (Metacomet CC); Darren Corrente (Wannamoisett CC)
Vermont – T12 (+2) Brian Cain CC (CC of Vermont); Gary Shover (Williston GC)
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About the New England Golf Association (NEGA): negagolf.org
The New England Golf Association ®, established in 1926, is a 501(c)3 amateur golf organization comprised of leaders from the six New England golf associations – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
In addition to serving the needs of golf in New England, the organization's primary purpose is to conduct the following premier tournament events: New England Amateur Championship ®, New England Junior Amateur Invitational, New England Girls’ Junior Amateur Invitational, and New England Senior Amateur Championship