Northeast Amateur tees off; State Amateur field is set

Photo by Rich Dionne: East Providence resident Lily Zexter recently helped Moses Brown with the RIIL high school state golf championship. Photo by Rich Dionne: East Providence resident Lily Zexter recently helped Moses Brown with the RIIL high school state golf championship.

Photo by Rich Dionne: East Providence resident Lily Zexter recently helped Moses Brown with the RIIL high school state golf championship.

Photo by Rich Dionne: East Providence resident Lily Zexter recently helped Moses Brown with the RIIL high school state golf championship.

PROVIDENCE — The field for the 109th playing of the Rhode Island State Amateur Championship next month is set after the third and final qualifying round was played Monday, June 9, at North Kingstown Golf Club.

A total of 42 players earned their way into the State Am, scheduled for July 7-11 at Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth, at Quonset Point Monday. Included among them were several players with local ties, led by Wannamoisett’s Dan Lynch and Jamie Griffiths along with Metacomet’s Eric Marchetti. Each shared eighth place with four-over rounds of 74.
Don Wright of West Warwick was the day’s medalist, carding a two-under 68.

Another trio of locals — Matthew Corio and Tyler of Wannamoisett as well as Metacomet’s Jeff Maher — qualified by sharing 13th at five-over, 75.
City resident Jim Rose, playing out of Swansea C.C., and Wannamoisett’s Jeff Giguere tied for 18th at 76. Mike Pierard, of Wannamoisett, finished T24 at 77. Chris Chartier, of Metacomet, qualified with an eight-over, 78. Agawam Hunt’s Ben Donaldson was among the final players to qualify, sharing 40th with two others at nine-over, 79.

Those at North Kingstown Monday knew going in the top 41 players and ties would advance to the State Am. They joined players who receive automatic berths due to past performance, such as Metacomet’s Brad Valois (2011 and 2013) and Wannamoisett’s Charlie Blanchard (2012), the winners of the last three State Ams, and those who punched their tickets last month at qualifiers held at West Warwick and Fenner Hill.

City native and Wannamoisett member Ethan Zexter, shared medalist honors at West Warwick on May 21, carding the same even-par round of 70 as Quidnessett’s Trevor Wellen.

Metacomet’s Ricky Audette qualified fifth there with a five-over, 75. City resident Chris Holland, playing out of Swansea, shot a 76. The top 16 players and ties qualified at West Warwick.

The top 14 players and ties qualified for the State Am, May 28, at Fenner Hill in Hope Valley. Former champ Ben Tuthill (2000), of Wannamoisett and the new tournament director of the Northeast Amateur Invitational there, qualified in second place with a four-over round of 76.

His clubmates Dave Apuzzo (80), Andrew Jankowski (82) and Taylor Harrington (82) also earned a spot through Fenner Hill as did Metacomet’s Greg Lakeway.

More RIGA notes

Agawam Hunt’s Tom Acciardo and Dr. George Pirie teamed to win the Senior Four-Ball Championship, May 19-20, at Crestwood in nearby Rehoboth. The pair shot a 12-under, 130 over two rounds.

Kyle Hoffman and Ryan Pelletier teamed to win the 65th Four-Ball Championship played locally at Metacomet and also at Warwick C.C. The team shot seven-under 63 at Metacomet and and a four-under, 65 at Warwick. Blanchard and Griffiths were the runners-up, two shots off the pace at nine-under, 130.

Northeast Amateur dates

The 53rd Annual Northeast Am returns to Wannamoisett Wednesday, June 18, through Saturday, June 21.

The No. 1-ranked junior player in the world, Dallas high school senior and USGA Junior champion Scottie Scheffler, leads the list of competitors.

Reigning Northeast champ Cory Whitsett, who helped the University of Alabama win its second national championship a few weeks ago, qualified to play the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C. and will not be back to defend. Valois, Blanchard and Wannamoisett club champ Dan Blessing will also be among the competitors.

High school notes

Lily Zexter, the younger sister of the aforementioned Ethan, helped the Moses Brown team to the 2014 Rhode Island Interscholastic League State Championship late last month at Cranston Country Club.

The Quakers, paced by individual state champ Will Dickson’s three-under, 139 total, finished with a two-day score of 63-over, 631. Portsmouth finished second, 10 shots off the pace. Zexter, playing from the forward tees, shot rounds of 87-85. Corio helped LaSalle to a third-place team finish (+72) and was the runner-up to Dickson with a two-round score of 11-over, 153.

Zexter finished ninth at the 2014 Rhode Island Girls’ Individual State Tournament held last week at its annual home of Point Judith Country Club. South Kingstown’s Mia Bartolo shot a six-over 78 to win the event. Bay View’s Caroline Letendre and Daria Delfino finished T6 and eighth, respectively.

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