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SACO, Maine – Round 1 of the 22nd hosting of the New England Senior Amateur Championship was contested at Biddeford-Saco Country Club on Tuesday. Located east of Old Orchard Beach in Saco, the 18-Hole Donald Ross designed course seemed to be a challenging assessment for the field of 119 competitors, as two lone players posted a score under par, on this blustery day in Saco, Maine. Among the top finishers on the day, Mass Golf was well represented with the most competitors finishing 2-over par or better.
Paul Murphy (Charles River CC) is one off the lead after firing a 1-under par 70 during the first round. In hopes of winning his first NEGA Senior Amateur title, the 68-year-old carded a total of twelve pars, three birdies, and just two bogies on the day. Murphy is slated to tee off at 1:45 PM off the first tee with fellow Mass Golfer Bud Shultz (Black Rock CC – MA) who sits T3 after an even par round.
Other Top 10 Bay State Competitors In The Field
Although the field of 119 served as the main attraction of entertainment today, the highlight of the day came from a hole in one from Mark Dennish (Old Sandwich GC – MA) on the 15th hole. The 147-yard par 3 served as the eleventh hardest hole and averaged a score of 3.36 on the day. In addition, the 15th hole resulted in a total of 12 birdies, 53 pars, and 45 bogies on the day.