BARRINGTON _ Jamie Lukowicz has been
knocking on the door for a Rhode Island Golf
Championship for nearly 20 years. On Tuesday,
he finally walked through and joined the list of
The West Warwick native, who now plays out of
Metacomet, took the lead early in the second
in the 21st annual Rhode Island Mid-Amateur
Championship at Rhode Island Country Club and
on to a convincing four-stroke victory over Kyle
"It was fun. I played well,’’ Lukowicz said after
matching the low round of the day, a 2-under
a 4-under 138 total.
"There have been a lot of seconds,’’ Lukowicz
said. "I remember the last time this tournament
played here (in 2009) Charlie (Blanchard) beat
me in a playoff. So this feels good.’’
The victory was a long time coming for the 40-
year-old. Lukowicz has been a frequent
and did win the state Public Links Championship
several years ago. The long bomber has come
in numerous open field events. He challenged in
the State Open three years ago at Kirkbrae,
a late chip-in by URI grad Mark Stevens beat
him. He has been in the hunt in the Mid-Am
and three times combined with Rob Grossguth to
finish second in the Four-Ball.
Grossguth, one of the first to congratulate
Lukowicz after the victory, had an explanation
Lukowicz’ improvement. As much as he was
sorry to see his friend leave West Warwick, it
for his game.
"At Metcomet, he has to hit all his clubs. At West
Warwick he was always hitting eight or nine
irons,’’ Grossguth pointed out. "And the greens at
Metacomet are faster than those at West
It has helped him improve his putting.
"He’s playing better than I’ve ever seen him.
Good for him. I’m happy for him,’’ said
finished fifth at 147.
Lukowicz began the day two strokes behind Ryan
Pelletier but quickly took the lead with birds on
three and four while Pelletier was suffering two
early bogeys. Lukowicz had his lead to three by
turn and maintained full control down the
Hoffman completed what has been a breakout
season for him. His 69tied for low score in the
round and earned him the runner-up spot.
George Cidade ran off nine straight pars on front
side to hang in and move into second for a time
before going 5-over on 10 through 12 and falling
out of contention. First-day leader Pelletier
made a birdie and gradually fell with a 77 for
144 total and a tie for third with State Amateur
champion Bobby Leopold. It clinched the player-
of-the-year award in the process. Senior
champion George Pirie won the Senior Division
at 148 and clinched Senior player-of-the-year in
The victory brings a double award for Lukowicz.
He not only received the championship bowl
Bob Ward, the RIGA director, he also received
an invitation to join the RIGA’s Tri-State team for
matches against Connecticut and Massachusetts
in two weeks.
Each state sends players 12, including four
seniors, to the matches, which have been held
last 80 years. Lukowicz entered the Mid-Am in
17th place in the yearlong standings kept to help
determine the association’s player of the year as
well as the Tri State team. The 250 points in he
earned for winning on Tuesday vaulted him into
fifth place in the standings behind Leopold, Brad
Valois, Hoffman and Pelletier.
Leopold, Valois and Blanchard leave this
weekend to represent the RIGA in the USGA
Championship. That same threesome tied for
second in that event two years ago.
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