O’Leary Rolls, Matches go Extra Holes, & an Epic Battle Between Kirkbrae Members

Round one of matches are complete.

The first day of matches at the Rhode Island Amateur over at Pawtucket Country Club is complete, and what a day it was. 

The day saw top seeded Andrew O’Leary roll through his opening match, several matches got to extra holes, an epic battle between Kirkbrae members and more. 

O’Leary Rolls 

After stumbling just slightly in round two of stroke play on Tuesday, defending champion Andrew O’Leary wasted no time in his opening round match against fellow Pawtucket Country Club member Kyle Hoffman. 

The pair halved the first hole with pars, before O’Leary would win three straight holes to take a three-up lead on the fourth hole. 

After Hoffman halved the fifth hole, O’Leary won the sixth hole, eighth hole and ninth hole to take a six up lead at the turn. 

O’Leary closed the match out with a birdie on 13. 

He will face Kevin Blaser in the round of 16 on Thursday morning. 

Extra Holes 

The opening round of matches saw three go to extra holes. 

The first match that went to extras was Connecticut National’s Christopher Delucia take on Wannamoisett’s Darren Corrente. 

The match was tied through the 13th hole before Delucia grabbed a one up lead on the 14th hole. 

Corrente would battle back and tie the match on the 16th hole. 

The pair would halve 17 and 18  to send the match to extras. 

After the first playoff hole was halved with fours, Corrente ended the match on the second hole with a four, while Delucia made five. 

The second match that went to extras was Button Hole’s Nico Ciolino against Crestwood’s Kolby Simmons. 

Simmons held a three-up lead after the 15th hole, before Ciolino would come storming back. 

Needing wins, Ciolino would win 16, 17 and 18 to tie the match and send it to extras. 

On the first playoff hole, Ciolino ended it with a three to complete the amazing comeback. 

The last match that went to extras was a battle of Kirkbrae members, more on that below. 

Epic Battle of Kirkbrae Members 

PHOTO: Joe Calabro/GolfNewsRI

The battle of Kirkbrae members featured Nick Salvatore against former RI Amateur champion Tom McCormick. 

Salvatore jumped out to a three up lead and too that lead into the turn. 

McCormick would then win 10 and 11 to get back into the match, before the pair halved 12 and 13. 

On the 14th hole, McCormick made three to tie the match. It was the first time the match would be tied since the first hole. 

Salvatore responded by winning the 17th hole to re-take a one up lead, but McCormick would respond by winning 18 to send the match to extras. 

After the Kirkbrae members halved the first playoff hole, and the second playoff hole, McCormick made a four on the third playoff hole to win the match.

Other Winners 

Bobby Leopold PHOTO: Joe Calabro/GolfNewsRI

Bobby Leopold beats Michael Soucy 3&2. 

George Cidade edges Henry Horgan 2&1. 

Jason Kalin beats Austin Cilley 4&3. 

Harry Dessel cruises past Eric Marchetti 5&3. 

Jamie Lukowicz cruises past Nick Petracca 4&3. 

Chris Roloff beat Richard Audette 4&3. 

Kevin Silva wins 6&5 over Peter O’Neill.  

Michael Hamilton beats Brad Auclair 3&2.

Ryan Pelletier beats Tyler Cooke 3&2. 

Kevin Blaser edges Joe Tucker 1-up. 

Alex Parente edges Robert Rambone 2&1. 

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