Jackson Lang of Nashawtuc Country Club and Andrew O’Leary of Pawtucket Country Club shared medalist honors after the conclusion of stroke play Tuesday in the second round of the 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at George Wright Golf Course.
Both Lang, a recent graduate of Davidson College, and the 18-year-old O’Leary posted 5-under-par rounds of 65 at George Wright to finish stroke play at 4-under 136. Last year, Lang lost to eventual champion Matt Parziale, who qualified as the ninth seed, in a semifinal matchup.
The first two rounds of match play are scheduled for Wednesday at George Wright.
After posting 1-over 71s on Monday in the opening round at William J. Devine Golf Course on Monday, both Lang and O’Leary jumped up the leaderboard.
“Today was about doing the same thing you always try to do which is take it shot by shot,” Lang said. “Luckily for me the putter got really hot today, and I saw some mid-range 20-footers and 15- footers fall. It was all about putting it in the middle of the green and seeing what I could do from there. I was lucky to see some fall.”
O’Leary drained a birdie putt on his final hole of the day to match Lang’s score.
“After yesterday I wouldn’t have expected to win,” said O’Leary, a Malden Catholic High graduate who will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
“My goal today was to get top 10, shoot a couple under and get a good seed, but coming in first is special. I don’t think that I have ever come in first at an event as big as this. I am definitely really excited.”
The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Thursday, with the 36-hole final scheduled for Friday.Mia Berry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @IamMiaBerry