RUMFORD, R.I. – Fifty is the number at this year’s Northeast Amateur Invitational at the par-69, Donald Ross-designed Wannamoisett Country Club.
First and foremost, this marks the 50th anniversary of this championship, considered among the top amateur events in the world.
And for the first time in those 50 years, the tournament has instituted a cut.
After 54 holes, the starting field of 84 will be sliced to the low 50 scorers and ties for Saturday’s final 18 holes.
“There are a number of (amateur) tournaments that do it (cut),” said tournament director Denny Glass. “We just felt the timing was right and that we should try it this year and see how it goes.”
Among a number of players I asked about it, all agreed it was a good thing. They said if they were outside the top 50 with one round to play, they would be ready to “get out of town.”