Maine State Amateur: Slattery holds lead
From the Maine State Golf Association

FALMOUTH, Maine (July 9, 2014) -- His shirt was somewhere between pink, orange, and bright neon. You couldn't miss him on the golf course.

And when he came into the clubhouse with the only red score of the day, you couldn't miss Andrew Slattery on the leaderboard either. He's right at the top, with a one-shot lead over friend and friendly rival Matt Greenleaf.

Slattery had a birdie and a bogey for even par on the front, started the 10th hole with a bogey, then promptly birdied 11, moving to under par with a birdie on 16 to finish with a 71 for the best score of the day by two.

Sable Oaks' Greenleaf, who had the second best score of the day yesterday at 71, was two over on the front and one under on the back to finish up at 73 for a two day total of even par 144, just a shot behind Slattery, who plays out of Martindale

Rounding out tomorrow's final group, which will tee off at 9:50 a.m., will be 20-year-old Joe Walp, who added a 75 today to yesterday's tied-for-best round score of 70.

In the second group will be Drew Powell, who tied with Walp as the first round leader, along with three-time champ Ricky Jones and Norway's Joe Baker. Jones and Powell are both at 148 while Baker is at 149.

In the third group of the day will be 1998's winner Eric Crouse, along with Joe Alvarez and Scott Stone. Crouse is at 150 while Stone and Alvarez are both 151. Jason Gall, also at 151, will be joined by Craig Decato and Aidan Boyce in the 9:20 group.

It was a magnificent day for golf at the beautiful Woodlands course in Falmouth. A brisk breeze forced morning scores a little higher than yesterday, but it calmed down in the afternoon, making it just a perfect day for golf, despite the week's earlier forecast for rain. Mother Nature came through on her promise for rain, though, about an hour after the conclusion of the second round, opening up and dumping the better part of an inch in a short period of time, ensuring that the course will again play long for Thursday's final round.

With 10 players within five shots and the challenging conditions at The Woodlands, tomorrow's final could be one of the most interesting in recent Amateur Championship history. The MSGA welcomes all to come and join in the fun at The Woodlands!

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