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May 7, 2013

Leavitt ready for new, improved Healey Memorial

Joe Leavitt is not quite sure how he’ll handle the title of defending champ.

But it certainly won’t change his mentality as he preps for the third annual Joseph F. Healey Memorial Golf Championship, coming up June 26-29.

Leavitt, who’ll be a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island in the fall, took the Healey a year ago in a powerhouse summer of amateur golf.

Last year’s tourney was in July, in the heart of the stretch. He’s hoping that this year’s tourney will kick-start him into another huge season.

“I’ll be ready for it,” said Leavitt, the former Eagle-Tribune Golfer of the Year in 2011. “I expect another talented field of golfers to come after the championship, too.”

In three years, the Healey continues to grow, absorbing the history of its predecessors — the Allan B. Rogers Memorial and the former Lawrence City Championship.

All the while, it evolves under quality leadership as the game changes with the times.

“We’re doing our best to bring out the best in area amateur golf from our region,” said tourney director and Atkinson Country Club head professional Peter Doherty. “In the process and in Joe Healey’s memory we look to continue to help young people around the game in their college endeavors.”

Last year, the Healey handed out three $1,000 college scholarships, one which coincidentally went to its champion.

On course, the tourney provided amazing final-round drama as Leavitt hooked up in an epic playoff with Bradford’s Nick Maccario.

Maccario, who plays at Saint Anselm College, will again be back to challenge for the title.

“We’ve moved the dates and the days to better help accommodate the players and the host clubs,” said Doherty. “We hope this will only improve the level of this championship.”

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