CONCORD, Mass. – A tournament-best 5-under 65 on Wednesday sent John Broderick to the solo lead through two rounds of the New England Amateur.
Broderick, at 3-under for the tournament, owns a two-shot lead on a quintet of golfers with 36 holes to go at Concord Country Club. The 16-year-old from Wellesley, Massachusetts is coming off a victory last week in the New England Junior Open.
First-round co-leaders Tim Umphrey (Massachusetts) and Caleb Manuel (Maine) are among the five players at 1-under after each posted a 73 on Day 2. They are joined by William Huang (New Hampshire), Jack Tegan (Massachusetts) and Nick Maccario (Massachusetts).
Former US Mid-Amateur champion Matt Parziale (Massachusetts) is one of two players tied for seventh at even par.
Four Vermonters made the cut to Thursday’s 36-hole finale.
Barre’s Bryson Richards (2-over) climbed to 12th with an even-par 70. The University of Rhode Island sophomore-to-be bagged an eagle on the first hole and made it around the back nine in 1-under 34.
Rutland’s Jared Nelson is tied for 13th at 3-over, improving his standing with a 71, while club mate Garren Poirier dropped to a tie for 20th after a 73 left him 4-over for the championship.
Max Major, also of Rutland Country Club, used a 72 on Wednesday to sneak inside the cutline into a tie for 32nd at 6-over.
Defending champion Xavier Marcoux of Massachusetts landed right on the cut line (7-over) to reach the final two rounds of competition with a chance to defend his crown.
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