Ouimet Memorial: Heffernan leads

AUBURNDALE, Mass. (July 27, 2011) -- Paul Heffernan, a Charles River member, took advantage of his local knowledge enroute to seven birdies and a four under par 67 for the first round lead in the 44th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament at Charles River Country Club, which played at 6,677 yards and to a par of 35-36-71. The 54-hole amateur invitational continues today at Dedham Country & Polo Club and concludes on Friday at Woodland.

Heffernan, a 54 year old marketing executive at New Balance, made several putts in the 15-25 foot range, but also missed a couple of “makeables.” In one stretch, he birdied holes 8,9,10 and 12. He recently won the Club Championship at Charles River.

Right behind Heffernan at 69 was John Gilmartin of Indian Ridge, the 2004 Ouimet champ, and Jordan Burke of Needham. Gilmartin’s round included birdies on all the par fives and the difficult 18th hole. Burke was four under after a near ace at 14, but had his lone bogey at 17 for the 68. Next at 69 are Herbie Aikens of Pine Hills and Peter Williamson of Hanover, NH. Aikens is 2nd in Massachusetts Golf Association points and Williamson, a Dartmouth senor, recently led the New England Amateur after two rounds.

Former (1997) Ouimet Memorial Champ Joe Keller of Oyster Harbors, a 63 year old, opened and closed with double bogeys but played steadily the rest of the way for a one over par 72 to lead the Eddie Lowery Senior Division. Cy Kilgore of Tedesco and Paul Murphy of Charles River, the 1975 Ouimet champ, are tied for second at 73.

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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