Ben Tuthill has been named chairman of the Northeast Amateur Invitational, replacing
Denny Glass, it was announced on Tuesday morning.
Tuthill, 32, is a financial adviser in Providence, R.I., and has been a member at
Wannamoisett Country Club since 2007, with his family dating to 1988 at the club.
Tuthill played in the Northeast Amateur in 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012. He is a former
Rhode Island Amateur champion.
"I am extremely excited about leading the Northeast for years to come," said Tuthill.
"This tournament has been a part of my life since 1988 and I have had the pleasure
of taking part as a caddie, player, committee member and sponsor through the years.
My goal will be to attract the strongest field in amateur golf and to ensure the
players and the Wannamoisett membership continues to have a wonderful experience
the third week of June."
Tuthill is the second replacement that the tournament has named, coming weeks after
Joe Sprague Jr. had to step down after accepting a position with the USGA.
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Cory Whitsett sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to cap an amazing closing
round 6-under 63 and capture the 52nd Northeast Amateur at Wannimoisett Country
Club for what he termed his “biggest individual amateur victory.”
Whitsett, who just completed his junior year at Alabama, finished with a 10-under
266 total and won by two strokes over Bo Andrews, who was just as amazing over the
final 18 holes with a 7-under 62.
Whitsett’s final round was the lowest shot by the winner the last day in the long
and storied history of this world-class tournament.
Meanwhile, the 62 by Andrews, who will be a fifth-year senior at Georgia Tech, equaled
this year’s low tournament round, was one-shot shy of the tournament record and
the lowest final round ever in the competition.
“This has been a great month of golf for me and to cap it off with a win here is
just phenomenal,” said Whitsett, who plans to head back home to Houston and take
some time off. “This is my favorite tournament so that makes it ever more special.
“And to be the champion in (Denny Glass’) last year as tournament chairman is the
icing on the cake,” Whitsett said. “I’ve know Mr. Glass since I was 16 years old
and have played in his Terra Cotta tournament (which Glass also chairs) three times
(finishing second twice). This is my third time here so we’ve become good friends.”
Whitsett started the final round tied for second with Patrick Rodgers and Cameron
Wilson, two strokes behind Rafael Becker of Brazil, who led or shared the lead in
each of the first three rounds.
With a closing 1-under 68, Rodgers finished third at 5-under 271 while Becker struggled
home with a 4-over 73 and placed fourth at 2-under 274.
Todd White, with a most impressive 4-under 65 finish, was the event’s low mid-amateur
at 1-under 275, seven shots clear of fellow mid-ams Bobby Leopold and Mike McCoy.
White tied for fifth with Wilson (72) and Max Homa (69).