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Harmeling, Caron lead Massachusetts Open

Evan Harmeling of Andover Country Club posted a 2-under-par 70 Wednesday, and is tied with Jason Caron at 5-under 139 heading into the third and final round of the Massachusetts Open at Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale.

“The Mass Open is the biggest state open by far,” said Harmeling, a 24-year-old Princeton University graduate. “When I talk to people from Florida when I am down there, they all say that they probably won’t play in all of the state opens, but they will definitely play in the Mass Open. And coming from Mass., I really want to win it, for sure.”

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Harmeling made a double bogey on the 11th — his second hole of the day. He responded well, however, by sinking a 4-foot birdie putt on the 483-yard, par 5 12th hole.

He continued his roller-coaster ride with a bogey on 18, but then birdied Nos. 1 and 2. He bogeyed the fourth and seventh holes, but finished with birdies on 8 and 9.

“It was a really up-and-down round,” said Harmeling. “It doesn’t really look like it, but I haven’t been making that many putts. I have just been hitting it really close, which makes it a lot less stressful.”

Caron, who grew up on the Cape but now lives in Connecticut, backed up his first-round 68 with a 1-under 71.

Job well done

So many local country clubs generate money for charitable causes, but Charles River recently raised the bar. Prior to Memorial Day weekend, more than 250 members gathered for a fund-raising evening in support of Homes For Our Troops, and helped raise more than $170,000, which will be used to build a home for a disabled veteran who served in the Iraq War . . . The Deutsche Bank Championship is offering a “Dads & Grads” ticket promotion through Monday. For $115, the package includes two tickets for any of the championship’s four competition days, a $15 concession voucher, and an official tournament program. The Deutsche Bank Championship is Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at TPC Boston in Norton. For information on this promotion or other tournament news, visit www.dbchampionship.com . . . More than 30 local sports celebrities are expected to participate Monday in the fifth Joe Andruzzi & Friends Golf Tournament, held at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth. Celebrities include current Patriots Nate Solder, Zoltan Mesko, and Rob Ninkovich, and former Patriot Tedy Bruschi. Last year’s event raised more than $180,000 for Andruzzi’s foundation, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. For information, call Nancy Griffin at 508-261-0630.

Winning team

The Beverly Golf & Tennis Club team of Diane Carter and Marianne Doane shot a 70 on Monday at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett to win the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Hannah D. Townshend Cup. The team of Mary Joe Clark (Charles River) and Tracy Martin (Butter Brook) finished second, one shot back . . . Winners at the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Member Day tournament at Needham CC included Perry Sinasone of Holden (men’s gross), Keith Girouard of Tyngsboro (men’s net), and Judy Corson of Salem (women’s net) . . . Jeff Martin of Norton CC shot a 2-under-par 70 at Sankaty Head to win the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Sam Sylvia Invitational. Martin needed a playoff to beat host pro Jake Pleczkowski and earn $5,000. Martin was also part of the winning low gross team, partnering with Paul Dutra, Robert Tedoldi, and Ty Costa. Low net went to the team of NEPGA pro Kirk Hanefeld, Mark Songer, John Murray, and Kevin Dineen . . . Anyone hoping to play in the US Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline has less than two weeks to get their application to the US Golf Association. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on June 26, and applicants must have a handicap index of 2.4 or better. There are five area qualifiers, with those advancing to the championship proper from Aug. 12-18, when a field of 312 will compete at The Country Club and Charles River CC for stroke-play rounds, then at The Country Club for match play. Local qualifiers will be at Weston GC (July 15), Vesper CC and Metacomet CC (July 22), Crestview CC (July 23), and Cape Cod National (July 30) . . . Oak Hill CC will be the only local qualifier (July 16) for the US Women’s Amateur, which will be Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston. The deadline to enter the US Women’s Amateur is also 5 p.m. on June 26, and handicap index must be 5.4 or lower. For information, or to apply, visit www.champs.usga.org.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.
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