Giacchetto and Thibodeau hold lead in the inaugural Bay State Cup
Entering the day with a slim one-shot margin, Andrew Giacchetto made his move on the second day of the New England PGA Junior Tour’s inaugural Bay State Cup Invitational. Giacchetto shot a blistering six-under par 66 at LeBaron Hills Country Club to extend his lead to five shots over Dillon Brown heading into the final round.
Giacchetto shook off some early nerves on the front nine, shooting even-par through the first eight holes with a pair of bogeys. However, on the ninth hole, Giacchetto made a strategy shift that made everything click. He then reeled off four birdies in a row, propelling him into a back-nine 31.
“I hit a bunch of irons off the tee,” Giacchetto said of his switch. “I wedged it tight all day and then made a few longer putts. I think I hit all nine greens on the back and then made some putts.”
Giacchetto enters the final round at five-under par for the tournament, in great position to win at Plymouth Country Club.
“I’m just looking to find another score and go out and shoot that score,” Giacchetto said of the final round. “Not really trying to focus on the leaderboard, just go out and shoot that score.”
Brown and Tyden Wilson each also had stellar rounds of the day, shooting matching two-under par 70s. Brown was able to play the back nine in two-under after shooting even on the front nine. Entering the day in a tie for second, Brown was able to hold serve and get himself into the last pairing in the final round at Plymouth CC, while sitting alone in second on the leader board at even-par 142 for the tournament.
Wilson was able to escape the clutch of LeBaron’s tough fescue and avoid big numbers for the day. Wilson’s best stretch was holes 5 through 8, where he recorded three birdies in the four holes. After an opening round 78, Wilson now sits in fourth place at six-over par 148.
On the girls’ side, Lauren Thibodeau shot a five-over par 77 to have the low round on the day and claimed the lead by two strokes over Elizabeth Lacognata going into the final day at Plymouth. Thibodeau used a birdie-birdie stretch on holes 10 and 11 to vault herself into the 36-hole lead. After playing Fall River CC and LeBaron Hills for the first time, Thibodeau is looking forward to a familiar track in Plymouth for her final round.
“It’s definitely hard to play blind.” Thibodeau said of the first two rounds. “I really like (Plymouth CC) and I played it last year, so those good shots I hit there last year will definitely help me tomorrow.”
The final round of the Bay State Cup Invitational goes off tomorrow at 1 p.m. Follow along on the NEPGA Juniors’ social media accounts for more updates and live scoring as the day goes along.
Bay State Bonanza
NEPGA Junior Tour Kicks off Invite-Only Event
- Fall River, MA
Andrew Giacchetto (2019, Canton MA) and Elizabeth Lacognata (2018 Scarborough, ME) lead the talented field after the first round of the NEPGA Junior Tour’s Bay State Cup Invitational at Fall River CC on Tuesday. The event will take place across three courses in New England.
Giacchetto had a very strong start for the boys division. After a tough front nine, where he made two bogeys and a double bogey, he was able to right the ship, making a birdie before turning at three over. On the back he refocused his game and made two birdies on the 12th and 16th holes. His two-under par back nine helped him to finish at +1 with a 71, one shot ahead of Frank Mahoney (2020, Braintree, MA), Dillon Brown (2018, Halifax, MA), and Mark DeCourcey (2019, Arlington, MA) who all finished at +2.
On the girls’ side, Lacognata led the charge. She was able to keep calm and focus even in the midst of some struggles. After making bogeys on three and five, she made birdie on six to erase one of the extra strokes and make the turn at one over. On the back nine, she balanced some solid golf with a couple of missteps, making two bogeys. She led after the first day, finishing at three over, 75.
Wednesday’s second round brings the golfers to LeBaron Hills GC in Lakeville, MA and the championship round will take place on Thursday at Plymouth CC. The boys champion will be awarded two AJGA Performance stars and both girls’ and boys’ champions will receive automatic exemptions into the Jr. PGA Championship in 2018. The runners up on both the girls and boys sides will receive an exemption for the IMG Academy Jr. World Florida Challenge, December 14-16 in Sarasota Florida.