Smith starts with bang

RUMFORD, R.I. – Nathan Smith, the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, gave his opening round at the 48th Northeast Amateur a big boost Wednesday when he made an eagle-2 at the 372-yard, par-4 fifth hole at Wannamoisett Country Club.

After cutting the corner off the dogleg right shaped hole with his tee shot, Smith faced a 70-yard shot from the middle of the fairway.

“I hit my 60 degree (wedge) from an uphill lie and into the wind,” Smith said. “The ball bounced once and dropped in. It was sure a nice way to jump start the round.”

Smith, who finished second at last year’s Northeast Amateur, went on to shoot 3-under 66.

Smith, who is among the few serious mid-amateur contenders for selection to this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team is coming off a tie for fourth at the Sunnehanna Amateur, an event where he placed third the previous year.

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