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RI’s top golfers chase amateur championship

Rhode Island’s top amateur golfers are battling this week for the 112th amateur trophy, something two-time amateur champion Bobby Leopold knows a thing or two about. (WJAR)

Rhode Island’s top amateur golfers are battling this week for the 112th amateur trophy, something two-time amateur champion Bobby Leopold knows a thing or two about.

“Yeah, it helps, but you also know how hard it is winning it twice,” Leopold said. ”The first time I won it I didn’t really know how hard it was to win, because it was the first time I ever played the Rhode Island Am. And then the second time I won it was, I think, five years after that. Being there, and done that at least you can draw on experiences and try to use those to your benefit.”

The competition at the event continues to grow each year thanks to the young generation of golf stars who are coming out of high school.

“There’s a lot of good, young players under 20 in this tournament,” said Joe Tucker, a Hendricken graduate. “It’s a good thing for the game. It’s a good thing for the tournament.”

Others shared similar sentiments.

“We all practice really hard,” Patrick Welch, a Classical High School graduate. “We’re going off to college soon and we want to get our games together, and this is a great tournament to test out where our game is and I guess we’re showing it this week.”

While Tucker just graduated, he was the top finisher through stroke play. He is also making a name for himself in the tourney.

“Being the medalist means a lot,” Tucker said. “Shooting five under in a tournament like this -- it’s an honor. And I’m excited I got the medalist. It got me a good seed.”

Play will continue until Friday from Valley Country Club when a new champion will be crowned.

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