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Organisak takes sole possession of Ouimet Memorial lead
Matt Organisak
Matt Organisak

After finishing his first round in second place on the leaderboard, four strokes off day-one leader Steven DiLisio, Matt Organisak carded a second straight 2-under 69 mark on Thursday to jump into sole possession of the lead with one round remaining Friday. The 21-year old, a rising senior at Emory University, tallied four birdies to two bogeys to match the day-low score shot by Brett Krekorian, Nick Cummings, Herbie Aikens and Andrew O’Leary.

Playing in the morning round on Thursday, Nashawtuc Country Club member Organisak carded a birdie on his opening hole – the par-5 first – before carding three straight pars to keep his momentum. He added a second birdie on the par-4 fifth to move to 2-under for the day, and despite a bogey on the subsequent sixth hole, Organisak made the turn at 1 under.

In his second nine, Organisak, who through three years at Emory holds the program’s best scoring average, tallied five straight pars before carding additional birdies down the stretch. He secured his third birdie of the day on the par-5 15th hole and followed suit with a fourth birdie on the following 16th hole to move to 3 under and after making par on the 17th hole, bogeyed the final hole to move back to 2 under for the day. With his combined score from Wednesday, Organisak sits at 4-under 138 for the tournament, one stroke ahead of both Krekorian and Cummings.

Organisak most recently competed in the Porter Cup last week at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y., where he finished at T-55 on the leaderboard. He advanced to the Round of 16 at the Massachusetts Amateur Championship the week before that.

Eddie Lowery Senior Division
For a second straight day, North Easton’s Steve Tasho finished his round with the division’s lowest score to put himself in good standing as he enters the final round of the Ouimet Memorial Tournament Friday at Woodland. The 60-year old Tasho will look to capture his first-ever Ouimet Memorial title after shooting a 1-over 72 on Thursday at Boston Golf Club.

At 3-under 139, Tasho holds a six-stroke lead over Franklin Country Club’s Keith Smith, the division’s runner-up after two rounds, while 15 total competitors in the division will advance to the final round.

Tasho is a two-time Massachusetts Amateur champion who most recently qualified for his first U.S. Senior Amateur Championship earlier this week at The Kittansett Club in Marion. His U.S. Senior Amateur appearance later this month at Old Chatham Golf Club in North Carolina will be his 14th career USGA appearance, and his first since the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Women’s Division
Similarly to how the second round of the Eddie Lowery Senior Division played out Thursday, there weren’t many changes atop the leaderboard on the second day of competition for the 17 competitors in the Ouimet Memorial Tournament’s Women’s Division. Day-one leader Anne Walsh, a junior golfer from Jamaica Plain, shot a 3-over 74 on Thursday with three birdies, three bogeys and a double, but still holds a one-stroke lead over Dover’s Sophie DiPetrillo, who trailed Walsh by one stroke when play began Thursday morning.

Beginning on Boston Golf Club’s 10th tee to start her second round, the 17-year old Walsh bogeyed her first two holes, but rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 12th hole to get one shot back.

Walsh, who plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, made five straight pars after her birdie, and despite a double prior to making the turn, she birdied both of her final two holes to get two strokes back to keep her placement atop the division’s leaderboard.

Bradford Country Club’s Krystal Knight, a recent graduate of Merrimack College where she captained the women’s golf team, got one stroke back on her total Thursday after carding a 1-over 73 Thursday to remain in third place on the leaderboard.

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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