Steckowych leads New England Am
FALMOUTH, Maine (July 17, 2012) -- Craig Steckowych of Portsmouth (NH) Country Club is the first-round leader at the 83rd New England Amateur Championship.

At Falmouth Country Club, Steckowych fired a 6-under 65 and leads by one shot over 2010 champion Brian Higgins of Franklin (MA) Country Club.

After going bogey and birdie-free through the first six holes, Steckowych birdied the next four, and six of the next seven holes before a double bogey on the 15th. Two more quick birdies put him back in the lead, wondering what might have been.

Higgins bogeyed the first hole but steady throughout the remainder of the front nine. Five birdies on the back put former winner just one shot back.

Herbie Aikens, who plays out of the Pinehills (MA) and Christopher Swift of Great River (CT) Golf Club are tied for third place.

Results For New England Amateur Championship
1CTChristopher SwiftCT30068-69-73-72--282
T2VTGarren PoirierKillington, VT20075-73-69-70--287
T2NHJake NutterNH20072-73-70-72--287
T2MAHerbie AikensKingston, MA20068-73-72-74--287
T5RIJohn Hayes IVNewport, RI10076-68-76-68--288

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ABOUT THE New England Amateur

Held since 1926, the New England Amateur brings together players from six New England area states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The event host rotates between each of the six represented states. The tournament has been won by notable PGA Tour players such as JJ Henry (1998), Tim Petrovic (1986), Billy Andrade (1983), and Brad Faxon (1980, 1981).

Entries are open to amateur golfers who hold membership in a club belonging to one of the six New England State Golf Associations and have an up-to-date USGA/GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4

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