BRETTON WOODS, New Hampshire - After getting off to a misty start at the New England Junior Amateur Championship on Tuesday, Team Massachusetts and Team Rhode Island never looked back as they took leads in the Boys and Girls Divisions.
Massachusetts finished Rounds 1 and 2 in the Boys Division at 30-under, fueled by a 16-under team score during the first round, and a 14-under performance in the second. In the Girls Division, Rhode Island logged an even team score, 7 strokes ahead of second place Team Connecticut.
Connecticut boasts the individual leader in the Boys Division: Luke Stennett, who finished with 11-under 133. Leading the Girls Division is Team Rhode Island's Kylie Eaton, shooting 5-under 139 to finish the day. Team New Hampshire's Carys Fennessy trails Eaton by 2 strokes, as she finished the day with a final score of 2-under 142.
Massachusetts' early lead was thanks to strong morning performances from CJ Winchenbaugh and Tom Murdough, who shot a 9-under 63 and 3-under 69, respectively, during Round 1. Winchenbaugh's 63 set a new competitive course record.
It's a tight race for the Boys Division after the first day. There is a four-way tie for second place at 9-under 135 between Team Maine's Eli Spaulding, Team New Hampshire's Josiah Hekala, and Team Massachusetts' CJ Winchenbaugh and Tom Murdough.
The rest of the teams will have a lot of catching up to do in the Boys Division, as second place is currently 17 strokes behind. In the Girls Division, in second place is Team Connecticut, trailing by 7 strokes.