Defending champion Andrew O’Leary fired a Pawtucket Country Club course record tying 8-under par 61 to lead after the opening round of the Rhode Island Amateur on Monday afternoon at Pawtucket Country Club.
O’Leary’s 61 matches that of Les Kennedy’s 61 from 1970.
He is seeking to become the 13th player to win back-to-back Amateur Championships.
The Notre Dame star is also looking to become the first player since Mike Soucy in 2002 to win the Amateur on his home course.
With the final stroke play qualifying round set to take place on Tuesday, it appears that O’Leary has the number one seed all but locked up, barring something crazy happening.
Playing on his home course, O’Leary opened up with a birdie on the third hole and then another on the sixth hole to get to two-under.
O’Leary then dropped an eagle on the par 5 eighth hole to get to four under on the front nine.
O’Leary’s lone bogey came on the tenth hole, but he immediatly got it back with birdies on 11 and 13 to get to five under on the day.
After back-to-back pars on 14 and 15, O’Leary closed with birdies on 16, 17 and another on 18, leading to a standing ovation from spectators in attendance.
Other Notable Rounds
Other notable rounds include Wannamoisett’s Chris Roloff, who finished at two-under, Kevin Silva and Ryan Pelletier finished at one-under par, while Jason Kaelin finished at even par, along with, Henry Horgan.