Atkinson's Pandelena is second at NE Am
Pandelena shot two-over-par for 36 holes Thursday and landed in second place with an overall three-under-par 281 in the 72-hole 85th New England Amateur Golf Championship at the Winchester (Mass.) Country Club.
He trailed leader John Gratton of Dedham, Mass. by a stroke after carding a four-under 71 round Tuesday.
On Thursday, as Gratton completely fell apart after shooting 17-over-par in 36 holes and dropped to 28th, Pandelena stayed consistent and sharp. Overall in 72 holes, Pandelena made 41 pars, 16 birdies, 13 bogeys, one double bogey and one eagle, which came on the par-five, 12th hole during his final round.
That, coupled with his two-over round earlier Thursday, allowed him to remain in contention for the title.
Makenzie Denver of Derryfield Country Club of Manchester ended in a three-way tie for 30th place with a final 295 tally. The Manchester Memorial graduate, who is now attending Skidmore College of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he will enter his junior season on the golf team, finished the tournament 11-over-par.