Jolly maintains his lead at 53rd Annual Northeast Invitational

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California's John Sawin eyes his approach to the 18th green Thursday during Round 2 of the Northeast Amateur.

California’s John Sawin eyes his approach to the 18th green Thursday during Round 2 of the Northeast Amateur.

EAST PROVIDENCE — Heavy rains in the morning did little to soften Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford or the leader as Stewart Jolly maintained his position atop the field at the conclusion of Round 2 of the 2014 Northeast Amateur Invitational Thursday, June 19.

Jolly, of LSU and an Alabama resident, backed up his 2-under par 67 on Wednesday with another 67 Thursday. He carded three birdies and a bogey in his opening round, doing one better, or worse, in each category on Day 2.

Jolly’s lead over the rest went from a single shot to three at the mid-way mark of the 53rd annual event. Oregon resident Hans Reimers was the only one of four players who shared second after Round 1 to remain their spot Thursday. He shot an even par round of 69 to stay at 1-under for the event.

California’s Kurt Kitayama dropped a shot in Round 2 to finish even through 36 holes. He shares third with Georgia’s Seth Reeves, who posted 68 Thursday. Four players share fifth at 1-over, 139.

Jolly and Reeves were but just eight players in the 88-man field to finish the second round in the red. Louisiana resident Patrick Christovich was the day’s medallist, carding a 3-under 66 to move into a share of 14th place at 3-over after posting a 75 on his opening 18 Wednesday. Christovich birdied five holes and bogeyed a pair.

Wannamoisett’s own Charlie Blanchard leads the local contingent, adding a 71 to the 74 he carded the previous day to sit in a share of 41st at 7-over.

His club mate, Bobby Leopold also shot 71 Thursday to reach the half-way point at 10-over, T64. Reigning state amateur champ and Metacomet member Brad Valois shot 74 in Round 2 to finish at 11-over, T74. City native Dan Blessing struggled to an 84 Thursday, leaving him at 25-over for the tournament and alone in 88th place.

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