Ouimet Memorial: 3 tied entering finale
Cody Paladino
Cody Paladino

WELLESLEY, MA (July 25, 2013) --- Cody Paladino, John Flaherty and Matt Parziale are knotted at three under par 139 to share the second round lead of the 46th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament after play at Wellesley Country Club on Thursday. Paladino, the first round leader after an opening 67 at Wollaston on Wednesday, had three three-putt greens as he slipped to a two over 72 on the 6,726 yard par 34-36-70 Wellesley course. He was joined by Flaherty, who improved to 68 after an opening 71, and 2009 Ouimet champ Matt Parziale, who had a one over 71 after a first round 68. The final round of the 54-hole invitational is today at Woodland Golf Club. Paladino is a 24-year-old from Wethersfield Country Club, CT who recently won the Connecticut Match and Stroke Play Championships. He beat Flaherty, of the TPC River Highlands, in the round of 16 in the Stroke Play Championship. Flaherty is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut. Parziale, of Thorny Lea, is a former pro who was reinstated as an amateur last month and reached the semifinals of the Massachusetts Amateur Championship two weeks ago. “The course played tough today, and the wind was up. I had to hit a lot of long irons into the wind,” explained Parziale of the day in which scoring was generally higher.

Another trio is tied for fourth two shots back at 141. In that grouping are recent New England Amateur champ Evan Russell of the Country Club of Vermont, Peter French, a 19-year-old from Maplegate who qualified for the U.S. Amateur earlier in the week, and veteran competitor Andy Drohen of The Ranch.

The trio theme continued in the Eddie Lowery Senior division. Kevin Carey of Dennis Pines, the 2000 Ouimet Champion, struggled to a 78 for a 148 total but held on to the top where he was joined by 2012 Mass. Senior Champ Joe Walker, also of Dennis Pines, and 2012 Ouimet Senior champ Dick King of Hyannis Golf Club. Carey, a Ouimet scholarship alumnus, has been playing with a strained wrist. He is hoping to become the second person to win the Championship and the senior division. The only person to win both, Jack Kearney of Elmcrest, is one stroke back at 149.

Friday’s play will also include a women’s division featuring six invitees in an 18-hole competition.

A total of 41 players made the Championship cut, which stood at 152.

The Ouimet Memorial Tournament benefits the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.

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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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