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July 31, 2013

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

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Lei bogeyed the 14th, 15th, and 16th holes to drop from 3-under par back to even.

“I had my ups and downs. I missed a few putts, made a few putts. I think it all evened out in the end,” Lei, a Middleton resident, said. “I bogeyed three in a row. I just didn’t hit my best shots there, but I kept on going and I plugged a lot on the last two holes.”

DiLisio birdied the par-5 fifth hole yesterday after taking a double bogey there in the first round. He also birdied the par-3 11th by dropping a long, bending putt, and he hit his approach shot tight on the 349-yard, par-4 15th for a tap-in birdie.

He walked away feeling there were more shots he could have made.

“It felt pretty similar (to the first round), to be honest. I struck it a little better; I just felt like there was a cover on the hole today,” said DiLisio, a Swampscott native who is heading into his sophomore year at St. John’s Prep. “I was lipping out so many putts.

“It looks like I’m going to be right in there, right in the mix (today), so I’m just looking to go out and post a good round.”

DiLisio has won four straight titles in the Mass. Junior, taking three straight Boys Division championships and the Pre-Junior championship last year. As a 15-year-old, he’s still eligible in the Pre-Junior Division and he’s currently leading that group by one shot over Hopkinton Country Club’s Jimmy Hervol.

DiLisio and Hervol will be in the second last tee time, along with Blue Hill Country Club’s Jake Shuman, teeing off at 9:48 a.m.

Lei will be in the final group with Lang and Country Club of Wilbraham’s Matthew Naumec, teeing off at 9:57 a.m.

Essex County Club’s Jon Seward is also still in the mix after shooting a 72 yesterday. He’s played two rounds 5-over par and will play in the third-to-last group today (9:39 a.m.).

Kernwood’s Matt Bullock (80-76), Ferncroft’s John Perkins (75-82), and Bass Rocks Golf Club and St. John’s Prep’s James Turner (81-77) also made the cut.

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