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Cilley Joins DeVito and Arvanitis in Final Group After Firing 69
Author: Kate Kellar
October 6th 2017 - Melvin Village, NH –  While John DeVito (Passaconaway Country Club) may not have fired the lowest score for the second round of the Mid-Amateur Championship at Bald Peak Colony Club sponsored by Eric Ellis of Ameriprise Financial, he still maintains the lead of the tournament, now by four strokes.  He’ll be joined in the final pairing for Round Three by Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC) and Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield CC) who both finished with a 36-hole total of 144 (+2).
 
After making the turn at one under par and looking like he was going to repeat his under-par round from the previous day, DeVito went on to make four bogeys and only two birdies to offset that, finishing the round at one over par, 72.  Jim Cilley carded the lowest score in round two with a two under par, 69 with five birdies and just three bogeys.  Arvanitis kept his steady streak going with a two over par round of 73.
 
Cilley, who was in the final group of this tournament last year and won it in 2008 understands what it’ll take to win the event saying, “Tomorrow I need to get off to a good start, maybe get two or three under after the first three or four holes and I think that could hopefully put a little pressure on Johnny (DeVito)”.
 
Being in the final group, Cilley will have the luxury of knowing exactly where he stands in the tournament, especially in comparison to DeVito and Arvanitis, but he states, “I’m a leaderboard watcher; I look at how things are going.”
 
“Ultimately, I have to focus on myself and try to stay patient”, he continues. 
 
Arvanitis, a four-time Mid-Amateur Champion, talks about his patience on the course, stating “I’ve got patient on the course.  Sometimes when we get older our patience wears a little thin, so the little putts, they get tougher.”
 
Reminiscing on his days working at playing at Bald Peak, Arvanitis got emotional thinking about what it would be like to win this event at Bald Peak.  He said, “It would be something, it really would.  At my age now, to play against the kids, it’s hard.”
 
The cut to the final round ended up being at 158 (+16) with 31 golfers advancing on to the final 18 holes of the championship.  Competitors today had to endure rain in the morning, cooler temperatures, and breezy conditions in the afternoon.  Those able to navigate the greens with a minimal number of three-putts, found lower scores.
 
First and Second Round Results can be found here:
https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1169208
 
Final Round Tee Times can be found here:
https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1171315
 
 

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