Returning to RI: Welch, Chatfield, O’Leary, Francoeur in Northeast Am Field

A few Rhode Island Golf stars that have been traveling the country over the last few weeks and months will be returning home for the Northeast Amateur in a couple of weeks. 

Patrick Welch, Davis Chatfield, Andrew O’Leary and Chris Francoeur are all in the field for the Amateur, which is set to take place June 23-26 at Wannamoisett. 

Patrick Welch PHOTO: Oklahoma Athletics

On top of those guys, RI’s Jamie Lukowicz, Bobby Leopold and Mike Hamilton are also in the field. 

Chatfield is fresh off a deep run at the U.S. Four Ball where he made it to the semi-finals with partner Palmer Jackson.

O’Leary and Francoeur are coming off great college seasons with Notre Dame and URI respectively.

Francoeur was named to the PING All-Region team, and just missed the cut at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier.

Patrick Welch will look to rebound after a tough last month or so with Oklahoma where he basically sat the bench while the Sooners went to the National Championship match.

Top Amateurs in World Playing 

Other than the locals, the Northeast Amateur will consist of some of the top players in the world. 

This year’s field includes two members of the U.S. Walker Cup team, Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody of the University of Texas.

Coody was recently named First Team All-American and will also play on the U.S. team in the Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. 

The other Palmer Cup team members in the field this year include Dylan Menante of Pepperdine, who is fresh off helping his team to the NCAA National Championship. 

William Moll (Vanderbilt), Bradley Reeves (Arizona) and Trent Phillips (Georgia) will join Menante on Team USA, while Julian Perico (Arkansas/Spain) will represent the International Team. 

The field will also consist of several past USGA Champions.

They include the last two U.S. Junior Am champs in Preston Summerhays (Arizona State commit) and Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Mass. who just wrapped up his freshman year at Stanford.

Also returning to the Northeast are former U.S. Mid-Am champ Matt Parziale and USGA Four Ball Champions Frankie Capan, Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber.

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