Golf Francoeur sharp again at RI Open

David Colt/Mass GolfAmesbury’s Chris Francoeur, pictured here competing at this summer’s Massachusetts Amateur Championship, placed second at Wednesday’s Rhode Island Open Championship.

An off day on the course for Chris Francoeur is still better than a good day for most other golfers. 

Fresh off a victory at the Rhode Island Stroke Play Championship last week, the Amesbury resident carded a two-day total of 75-70-145 to finish in a tie for 19th at the 88th Rhode Island Open Championship. That score was good enough to earn him second place overall in the Amateur Division. 

The 21-year-old admitted he didn’t play his best golf during the 36 hole stroke play tourney, but battled through some tough conditions nonetheless to snare another solid finish. 

“(Tuesday) was tough playing in the pouring rain,” said Francoeur, who joined the rest of the field at Green Valley Country Club in a long weather delay before tournament officials resumed play despite the rain still coming down. 

“I played better (Wednesday), just didn’t make any birdies. I think I only had two birdies the whole tournament. I hit the ball pretty decent I just was burning so many edges putting. I could’ve gone really low, just didn’t capitalize on putts.”

The St. John’s Prep graduate will tee it up at Mass Golf’s Tarlow Invitational at the end of the month; then, it’s back to University of Rhode Island.