Swift takes one-stroke lead in New England Amateur golf

Posted July 18, 2012, at 7:58 p.m.

FALMOUTH, Maine — Christopher Swift of Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn., has grabbed a one-stroke lead in the 83rd New England Amateur Golf Championship after two days of play at Falmouth Country Club.

Swift fired a 2-under-par 69 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 5-under 137. He leads Casey Komline of Dorset (Vt.) Field Club, who tied for the day’s best round at 67 for 138.

Third is Colin Brennan of Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, Mass., with 69 for 140, followed by Herbie Aikens of Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass., with 73-141.

The field was cut to the low 40 and ties for Thursday’s 36-hole finale with the cut coming at 148. Forty-two players, including five from Maine, made the cut.

The low Maine scorer is John Hayes IV of Prouts Neck Country Club in Scarborough in a tie for ninth after shooting a 68 for 144. Maine Amateur champ Seth Sweet of Madison is another stroke back, tied for 18th, by posting a 73 for 145.

Joe Walp of the host club, Judd Parsons of York Golf and Tennis Club and Tommy Stirling of Gorham Country Club also made the cut as they tied for 28th at 147. Walp and Parsons each shot 74 Wednesday, while Stirling had a 76.

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