EAST PROVIDENCE â Golf is never as easy as Luke Guthrie made it look when he shot a tournament record round of 61 in the opening round of the 50th Northeast Amateur on Wednesday.
Guthrie came back to earth during Thursdayâs second round, shooting a 71 that left him with a one-shot lead over Georgia Techâs Kyle Scott and Florida Stateâs Michael Hebert heading into todayâs third round.
âThere are so many great players in this tournament,â Guthrie said after finishing early. âI expect by the end of the day, I might not even have the lead.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â The 50th annual Northeast Amateur got off to a rousing start on Wednesday when University of Illinois standout Luke Guthrie broke the tournament scoring record for 18 holes with an opening round of 61 that vaulted the Big Ten champion into a five-shot lead after one rainy day of action.
PAWTUCKET â Josh Gilkenson is not what you consider a pessimist, but three years ago he kind of knew his fate the first time he ever placed his racing flats in a set of starting blocks.
After already showing promise as a freshman for the football team at the Moses Brown School, the Pawtucket native competed in the 45-meter dash in his inaugural track meet for the Quakers just a few short weeks later against rival Barrington High at the CCRI-Lincoln Fieldhouse.
âIâve seen the old videos from the parades (when the Boston Bruins won titles in â70 & â72) back when they were held at City Hall Plaza. You definitely donât want to put the horse before the cart, but you canât help but think what the celebration would entail. They would have to break out the duck boats.â
â Dave Goucher, May 2009
BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
BARRINGTON â Matt Kuchar admitted he felt a little beat up after finishing in a five-way tie for 14th at the U.S. Open this past weekend.
But the 33-year-old PGA veteran still had plenty left in the tank to team with playing partner Zach Johnson to manufacture enough good shots to take the first-round lead at CVS/Caremark Charity Classic on Monday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â This weekâs 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational, which begins Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett Country Club, boasts one of its strongest fields in recent years, according to tournament director Dennis Glass.
Oklahoma Stateâs Peter Uihlein, the No. 1 amateur in the world, heads the field. However, the tournament took a slight hit on Saturday afternoon when second-ranked amateur Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, made the cut at the U.S. Open.
FOXBORO â Asked how the National Football League lockout might impact his restaurant, Jeff Senior had a simple response.
âIn todayâs economy, I think any time sales are down itâs significant â whether itâs small or large,â said Senior, owner of Skipjackâs Seafood Emporium at Patriot Place. âA lot of potential guests wonât be coming.â
PAWTUCKET â Protecting pitchers from injury is a major part of Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyelerâs job. It isnât something he can control. Competition and the need to succeed push some pitchers to keep throwing, even when their body sends them hints that something is wrong.
On Sunday, PawSox starter Kyle Weiland âfelt a twingeâ while warming up for the sixth inning. He quickly motioned to the dugout and Beyeler went to his bullpen.
REHOBOTH â If you talk to golfers who play Rehoboth Country Club on a regular basis, one thing becomes clear.
âYou canât spray the ball on this course,â East Providence native Luke Ring admitted. âI try to hit the ball in the middle of fairway and then get the ball on the green as quickly as possible. And that isnât easy. Rehoboth has distance and itâs very narrow on most holes.â
Pawtucketâs Al Deroche, a retired firefighter, strikes a similar note.