ANDOVER — One round into the second annual Joseph F. Healey Memorial Champion and, as expected, little has been settled.
“There are a whole lot of good players around who could put up a number (today in Round 2 at Bradford Country Club) and take control,” said Round 1 co-leader Joe Leavitt, who matched opening round 73s with playing partner Nick Maccario here at Indian Ridge Country Club.
In all, 30 players sit within five shots of the lead, headed to Bradford today. After the cut, the field moves Sunday to Windham Country Club for the championship round.
Playing with Leavitt, who won the New Hampshire Amateur championship a week ago, Bradford Country Club’s Maccario matched Leavitt stroke for stroke.
“Playing with Joe, he’s so easy to watch and play along,” said Maccario, the 20-year-old junior at Saint Anselm College. “I just tried to feed off his momentum. I hope we’ll be seeing a lot of each other this weekend.”
Maccario has been busy in a different way than the tourney-bopping Leavitt. Maccario has spent much time working in the pro shop at Bradford and more recently taking care of business off the course.
“My heart pours out to the Sweeney family, who lost someone very special recently,” said Maccario. “I’ve had to focus on being more of a friend than a golfer recently.”
Maccario showed few ill effects as he comes home today.
“I suppose there will be a little pressure coming into my home course, but I’ll be ready,” he said.
Leavitt felt pleased to escape the Ridge with the 73, having not hit it as well as he did a week ago.
“I really wasn’t with it mentally,” said Leavitt, who will be a freshman at Florida Southern in the fall. “I hit some shots that I never would have expected. And I really didn’t make many putts. I’ll need to be better (today).”
The ageless veteran Holbrook tossed a sparkling 74 up on the board to tie for third with Atkinson’s Alan McCormack. The ever-dangerous Nick Fairweather, another one of the top young guns out of Atkinson, heads a group of three at 75 with Merrimack’s Rey Garcia and Mike Mottola.
Both veterans Scott Lumb and Jim Grant were among the quintet at 76.
Action begins Friday morning at 7:30, with Round 2 action at Bradford continuing throughout the day.