Rhode Island Open: 14-year-old Patrick Welch in top 10
06 Aug 2014
by Jack Persons of

see also: Rhode Island Open Championship, Kirkbrae Country Club

RUMFORD, R.I. (August 6, 2014) -- Stop me if you've heard this one before. A soon-to-be high schooler who plays cross-handed [seriously!] is leading the amateur contingent at the Rhode Island Open.

Patrick Welch, a 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur contestant and 2014 Drive, Chip, and Putt champion, posted rounds of 69-67 at Agawam Hunt Club on Tuesday and Wednesday. The four-under total is good for a tie for sixth.

The fantastic start this week should come as no surprise to locals, as he won the Rhode Island Junior at the host course last summer. Still, for only 14, he has shown a great deal of talent, and is amazingly only four back of the leader, who is probably a little taller and a lot older.

Seven amateurs in total made the cut, which came at one-over 141. For full results, follow the link below.

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