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Mike Saucy ahead at Rhode Island Senior
REHOBOTH, R.I. — Mike Soucy said something Tuesday after finishing play in the first round of the 57th Rhode Island Senior Amateur Championship at Crestwood that no one else in the field could say. Actually, very few players all season have been able to make the same proclamation as Soucy.

"No bogeys,’’ Soucy responded when anyone asked how his day went.

What made it even better was that Soucy’s work also included four birdies. His 67 gave him a two-stroke lead over Dave McNally heading into Wednesday’s finale.

Soucy has his name on a bunch of RIGA hardware. He is a three-time State Amateur Champion (1999, 2001, 2003) and combined with Paul Quigley to win the Senior Four- Ball in 2010. A player known much more for being precise than being a big hitter, Soucy spoke more about saving par than the four birdies he made.

"I had to make six and seven footers for par on the first three holes,’’ he related. "Then, on 17, I chipped in (to save par).’’

In between, "I started hitting some good shots,’’ he added. His birdies, all on putts in the 8-10 foot range, came at 4, 6, 7 and 14, all par- 4s.

The player closest to him, McNally, has been playing consistently well in the second half of the season. The Quinnatisset member was unable to play in the heart of the season because of tendinitis problems in his hand.

"It’s been going good since I came back,’’ he said. Most recently, he contended in the Mid-Amateur Championship at Ledgemont. He finished in a tie for second in the Senior Division in that one at 147, one behind the winner, George Pirie. Pirie is the reigning champion in the Senior Amateur, but is not competing at Crestwood because he is sidelined after undergoing surgery recently.

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