Rafael Becker leads Northeast Amateur with opening-round 62
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RUMFORD, R.I. (June 19, 2013) -- Rafael Becker, who recently wrapped up his collegiate career at Wichita State, fired a first-round 62 and leads by four shots at the 52nd playing of the Northeast Amateur Invitational.

Featuring one of the top fields in all of amateur golf, chock full of collegiate and mid-amateur stars alike, the Northeast is one of the season's prized events. Becker, a native of Brazil, took over the headlines with his 7-under 62 on the unique par-69 Wannamoisett Country Club, a Donald Ross design.

Sitting four shots back is a group of four players at 3-under 66. Bo Andrews, Bobby Leopold, Cory Whitsett and Cameron Wilson, a New England native now at Stanford.

Clancy Waugh and reigning NCAA Champion Max Homa of Cal, are all within striking distance at 2-under and tied for sixth place.

A terrific group of contenders sits six shots back and tied for eighth place. Among them are Louisiana mid-amateur and Walker Cup hopeful Patrick Christovich, Cal senior and the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver, 2012 Ouimet Memorial winner Jack Whelan, LSU All- American Curtis Thompson and Garrett Rank, the runner-up at last year's U.S. Mid- Amateur Championship.

The northeast has received plenty of rain in the past few weeks and scoring conditions on a beautiful day were prime. All told, 15 players are either at or under par after Round 1.

Other notable players lurking on the leaderboard are: Cal's Brandon Hagy (T-26), Texas signee Beau Hossler (T-26), Walker Cup mid-am hopeful Todd White (T-26), Porter Cup champion Richy Werenski (T-26), high-ranking junior Cody Proveaux (T- 42), Haskins winner and U.S. Open low amateur Michael Kim (T-54), North-South winner Peter Williamson (T-54).

Second-round action continues Thursday with a cut taking place after Round 3 on Friday.

Amateurgolf.com will be covering the event throughout the week, including live coverage Friday, along with video coverage from the Long Drive Contest.

For full results visit the link below.

Results For Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament
1TXCory WhitsettHouston, TX150066-68-69-63--266
2NCBo AndrewsRaleigh, NC100066-69-71-62--268
3INPatrick RodgersAvon, IN70071-65-67-68--271
4BrazilRafael BeckerBrazil70062-70-69-73--274
T5SCTodd WhiteSpartanburg, SC70071-72-67-65--275

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ABOUT THE Northeast Amateur

The Northeast Amateur has a historic list of winners, including Ben Crenshaw, Dustin Johnson, Luke Donald, Scott Hoch, John Cook, Hal Sutton, and David Duval. It has been annually held at the Donald Ross-designed Wannamoisett Country Club since 1962. The event is limited to 90 elite players; there is a cut after 54 holes and the entire tournament is played in twosomes.

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