World’s best amateur golfers in town for Northeast Amateur Championship
The Northeast Amateur Championship is known by many as the Masters of amateur golf.
This week is no exception, as the event is attracting 10 of the top 20 amateur golfers in the world, including world number two Scottie Scheffler, who's coming off a great performance at the U.S. Open as the low amateur.
But nothing could stop him from coming to Rumford for the fourth straight year.
"All the people here are so nice, you know? Ben runs a great tournament, and there's really no reason for me not to come here,” Scheffler said. “I really feel like it's my favorite tournament of the summer, coming back and seeing the same people every year and playing the same course is special, and especially a track like this, it's just a really fun place to play.”
As for the local contingent, Attleboro's Davis Chatfield is the reigning Rhode Island State Amateur champion, and a member at Wannamoisett Country Club, which helps.
"Yeah, it definitely helps me out,” Chatfield said. “Sometimes, I think it adds a little pressure. I feel like I have to do good. Going into the tournament this year I just kind of wanted to do better than last year, which in my mind wasn't really hard to do because I didn't do so hot last year. Yeah, I felt like I put myself in a pretty good spot today, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
This year's tourney is also celebrating the 10-year anniversary of current world number one, Dustin Johnson, winning the Northeast Amateur.