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July 31, 2013

Lei, DiLisio in the hunt at Mass. Junior Amateur Champioship

MANCHESTER — Neither Paul Lei nor Steven DiLisio are leading after two rounds at the 2013 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, but both will be very much in the hunt for the title when they tee off for the third and final round today at Essex County Club.

Lei, the co-leader after the first round, shot a 2-over par 72 on Day 2 and sits alone in second place with an even-par 140 through 36 holes. DiLisio, meanwhile, picked up one shot on Lei with a 1-over par 71 yesterday; he’s in a tie for fourth place at 4-over par for the tournament.

Both will be chasing Nashawtuc Country Club’s Jackson Lang when the third round begins today. Lang also shot 71 yesterday and is the only player in the field still under par with a two round total of 139 (1-under).

Lei and DiLisio each feel like they’re in position to make a run today.

“It’s a tough course. You can shoot 4-under or you can shoot 6-over,” DiLisio said. “Anything low, anything around par and you have a shot.”

DiLisio appeared to be picking up momentum on the back nine, playing 1-under par over eight of the final nine holes. He missed a short putt on the 18th green and had to settle for a bogey.

“I’m pretty pleased with the way I played. I’d be a lot happier if I made that putt on the last hole, but it was a good round,” DiLisio said. “I knew I needed something in the low 70s to keep me in the tournament.”

Lei, on the other hand, had been extremely consistent over a 26-hole stretch between the first and second rounds. He was 4-under par over the final 13 holes in the first round, and played 1-under par over the first 13 holes yesterday. He hit a tough stretch late, however, to slip back to the pack.

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