DENVILLE, N.J.First round leader Tom Gramigna of Tavistock held onto a portion of his lead today by carding a five-over par 77 (38-39) in the second round of the 106th NJSGA Amateur Championship at Rockaway River Country Club. Gramigna was joined at the top of the leaderboard by John Lovett of Charleston Springs who fired a one-over par 73 (37-36), good for one of the two low rounds of the day. Scott Chisholm of Rock Spring recorded the other 73 (37-36).
Once again, the par 72 layout on the banks of the Rockaway River provided a demanding test of golf. Yesterday´s winds did not diminish and in fact intensified, making for extremely challenging conditions throughout the day on this tight 6,712 yard layout. The extreme winds combined with the course set-up produced another high daily scoring average, 81.2 versus 80.9 from the first round. The 36-hole cut was at 161, one of the highest cut lines in recent memory.
Gramigna, 37 years of age and a three-time NJSGA Mid-Amateur Champion, will join 2006 NJSGA Public Links Champion John Lovett in Thursday´s final pairing, set to tee off at 9:14 am. Past Champion Bill McGuinness of Tavistock is well positioned at one stroke off the lead after today´s impressive round of 74 (38-36) followed an opening round 76. A total of 12 players lurk within four strokes of the lead, setting the stage for an exciting final day.
Thursday´s Championship finale will consist of 36 holes, with the morning round commencing at 7:30 am and the afternoon round at 12:30 pm. Spectators are welcome to watch some of the State´s finest players compete on a very challenging and beautiful Rockaway River golf course.
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