14-year-old Michael Thorbjornsen holds Ouimet Memorial lead
Michael Thorbjornsen <br>(MGA/David Colt Photography)</br>
Michael Thorbjornsen
(MGA/David Colt Photography)

HYANNISPORT, MA (July 27, 2016) -- Fourteen-year- old Michael Thorbjornsen of Nashawtuc Country Club, showed again that he can drive, chip and putt as he notched five birdies and an eagle enroute to a 66 and the first-round lead in the 49th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament at Hyannisport Club on Wednesday. Earlier in the year, the young sensation won the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition at Augusta National Golf Club. Hyannisport played at 6,341 yards and to a par of 36-35-71. The 54-hole amateur invitational continues today (Thursday) at Oyster Harbors Club and concludes on Friday at Woodland Golf Club.

Thorbjornsen, who will be entering his freshman year at Wellesley High School, needed only 26 putts on the perfectly manicured seaside links. He played the 6th through 9th holes in four-under.

Trailing him at four-under par 67, are a quartet of players including five-time OMT champion Frank Vana, Jr. of Andover Country Club, two-time winner Matt Parziale of Thorny Lea Golf Club, 2015 MGA Junior Amateur champion Jimmy Hervol of Hopkinton Country Club, and Jason Short of Marlborough Country Club.

In the Eddie Lowery (Senior) Division, Don Reycroft of LeBaron Hills Country Club, the 2015 MGA Senior Champ, looked to add another title with a two-under par 69 to lead by two. “I made every putt I had to make,” he summarized. Joe Walker, of Dennis Pines Golf Course, birdied the last two holes to post even-par 71. Walker was runner-up in 2013. Three were tied for third at 72. In that group are two-time defending champ Kevin Carey, of Dennis Pines Golf Course, who is looking to become the first to win the Ouimet senior three times, 2006 Ouimet Senior champ Doug Crawford of The International, and Dave Houghton of Captains Golf Course.

Results For Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament
1MAMatt NaumecWilbraham, MA30069-67-73=209
T2NHDamon SaloNew Ipswich, NH20072-70-70=212
T2NHRyan TombsBedford, NH20072-70-70=212
T2MADoug ClappWalpole, MA20068-71-73=212
T2MDJake LeavittWoodstock, MD20069-70-73=212

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ABOUT THE Francis Ouimet Memorial

This 54-hole stroke play tournament honors Francis Ouimet, considered America's First Golf Hero and one of the most important figures in the history of golf. His victory in the 1913 U.S. Open in a stunning playoff upset of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray is viewed as the turning point in American Golf. The event, first played in 1968, one year after Ouimet's death, is held at three top Boston-area courses, with the final round always taking place at the 6,721 yard Woodland Golf Club (Mr. Ouimet's home course). The most notable winner to date is Brad Faxon, who captured the 1980 event. There are three divisions: Men, Women, and Senior.

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