HARTFORD, Conn. >> Logan Broyles, a sophomore at Rutland who plays golf out of Green Mountain National, may be the youngest competitor in the field and it may be his first time ever playing in this event, but you sure can't tell that by his performance over the first two days in Hartford.
The 15-year-old from Mendon is making his New England Amateur Championship debut and through two rounds has carded a score of 3-under par 137 and is third overall against a field of New England's top talent.
It marks a continuation of strong play by Broyles who earlier this month finished 5th at the 2016 Vermont Amateur Championship at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester.
"I played pretty well at the Vermont Amateur a couple of weeks ago," said Broyles. "I was in second place after two rounds and was able to play with the eventual winner. It was nice to be in that position and see how he handled himself. Hopefully I will be able to use that over the next couple of rounds."
On day one, Broyles carded a 2-under par 68 despite making double bogey on his final hole of the day. He returned to Hartford on Wednesday and made birdie on two of his first four holes.
He began his round on the 512-yard, par 5 10th hole and made a "nice putt" for birdie and just missed another birdie on the next hole after he hit an iron approach to four feet. Although he did miss that putt, he carded his second birdie of the day on the 450-yard, par 4 12th hole.
"My ball striking has been off at times, but when it has been off I have been able to get up and down and make the clutch par putts when I need to," said Broyles. "That has been something that I have been working on the past couple of months, so it's nice to actually see that start to happen."
Broyles made sure that he would be close to the top of THE leaderboard down the stretch by making back-to-back birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes.
Supporting Broyles from start to finish has been his father, who is also serving as caddie this week.
"He is just great," said Broyles. "He doesn't care if I play well or if I hit it poorly. He is always supportive and the rest of my family is too. It is just nice to have someone whom I am great friends with on my bag. Hopefully we can keep it going the next couple of rounds."