A pair of DiLisio’s St. John’s Prep teammates also played well as Matt Bullock of Kernwood shot an 80 and James Turner of Bass Rocks shot an 81. Ferncroft’s Tommy Cothern (82), Shawn MacBurnie (82), Owen Picariello (84), and Colin Natale (88) each came in under 90. Danvers’ Mike Plansky shot an 86.
The leaderboard is bound to change considerably after today’s round, but Lei and DiLisio are planning on keeping it simple and remaining focused.
“I don’t want to think about it too much,” said Lei, who is going into his junior year at Phillips Exeter Academy. “I just want to play my best and focus on each stroke, treat every stroke independently.”
DiLisio, meanwhile, doesn’t put any extra pressure on himself to keep his personal streak alive.
“I just want to post a good number really. This golf course is not easy. You just want to post a solid number and see from there. You can’t put a real number (to aim for) on a round. It’s tough to play like that,” DiLisio said. “I’ve played in some national tournaments this year and I try to play this tournament just like a national tournament that I’ve never won or I’ve never played in. I prepared the same way and I try to give myself the best chance to win.”