EAST PROVIDENCE — This was not where Davis Chatfield expected to be, on the cusp of the cut for the final day of the 58th annual Northeast Amateur Golf Tournament.
And on his home course at Wannanoisett Country Club no less.
Chatfield was unable to break par for the third consecutive day during Friday’s third round of competition, finishing with a 3-over-par round of 72 to leave him with a 54-hole total of 213, six shots over par.
In both of his previous two rounds at the Northeast Amateur this week, Chatfield finished strong — going 2-under-par through the final 10 holes of his opening round on Wednesday, and at even par through the final 12 holes of his second round on Thursday.
“I hit the ball great, but it was just not on line — I struggled,” Chatfield said of not putting himself in position to score better.
While Chatfield recorded six straight pars finishing up his third round, the Notre Dame University junior did not have one birdie despite a half-dozen legitimate chances.
Chatfield had a pair of frontside bogeys, at the 437-yard, par-4 No. 6 hole (hitting his drive right) and at the 453-yard, par-4 No. 9 (hitting his drive into the rough and his second shot short of the green).
“I couldn’t get up and down,” he noted. “It was similar to my first round. I burned a lot of edges and couldn’t make much,”
“Around the greens, I didn’t make much,” he added, including on the backside where he scored eight pars and a bogey at the 211-yard, par-3 No. 12 hole.
The magic being waved by the putter of his touring mate, Karl Vilips, was not contagious for Chatfield. Vilips of Perth, Australia, who attends Stanford University and is ranked No. 32 in the field, matched the Wannamoisett CC course record with an 8-under-par round of 61 — drilling four frontside birdies and four backside birdies.
Through three rounds and 54 holes, Chatfield has made only four birdie putts.
“I was hoping, expecting to finish in the top half of the field,” the Bishop Feehan High graduate from Attleboro said. “This was not what I wanted form the first three rounds. I’ve got another day to try to go low and get myself up there.
“I just didn’t make anything, which is kind of frustrating. I just didn’t hit the right lines — I hit good putts, but the reads weren’t great.”
Chatfield admitted that the waterlogged course and greens have not helped his cause.
“I guess, but every little read, every little detail on every green — it’s like any other course,” he said, “I have to put the ball in the hole.”