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Mickey Werenski three shots back after first day of New England Amateur

Mickey Werenski finished the first day one of the New England Amateur Championship three shots off the lead and tied for ninth place.

Werenski, who will play at Texas A&M in the fall, shot a 69 at the Green Mountain National Golf Course and is one of four members of Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley in the top 100.

The South Hadley native shot a 36 on the front nine, the highest score among the top 20 competitors. He recovered on the back nine, shooting a 33 and finishing 2-under par.

The tournament marks another chance for Werenski to experience elite-level success. He won the International Junior Golf Tour’s Tournament of Champions in Orlando on May 27, and, along with older brother Richy, won the Massachusetts Golf Association Four-Ball Championship.

Sean Gaudette, also of South Hadley, shot a 72 on Tuesday to tie for 18th. He sits eight strokes back of leader Jamison Randall of Rhode Island.

Gaudette led western Massachusetts in scoring average as a high school player and was a three-time MIAA sectional medalist.

Jim Hosey (plus-7, tied for 77th) and Jeff Tremblay (plus-10, T-93) of Orchards both finished the day in the top 100.

The tournament will resume Wednesday with Werenski teeing off at 8:10 a.m., followed by Hosey at 8:20, Tremblay at 9:10, and Gaudette at noon. The final round in set for Thursday.

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