Andy Congdon finishes tied for 7th at the N.E. Senior Amateur Championship

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. — Wyantenuck Country Club's Andy Congdon shot a final-round 3-over par 74 to finish in the four-way tie for seventh place in the New England Senior Amateur Championship at Wethersfield Country Club on Wednesday.

Congdon finished at 5-over 147 in the 36-hole tournament, seven shots behind New Hampshire's Phil Pleat, who captured the title for second consecutive year.

Pleat, who coincidentally defeated Congdon in the third round of the 2011 U.S. Senior Amateur on his way to capturing that title, had consecutive rounds of 70 to prevail by three shots over New Hampshire's Mike Blair and first-round leader Joe Walker, the 2012 Massachusetts Senior Amateur champion. Blair had a final-round 73 while Walker settled for a 74.

Congdon, who finished the day with three birdies and six bogeys, was in position to finish in a tie for fourth with pars on his final three holes but made bogeys on Nos. 16 and17.

Pleat, who is a member at Nashua Country Club and has been a dominant figure in his home state for years, was a model on consistency in the final round, carding two birdies with only one bogey.

Included in the seventh-place tie with Congdon was Jim Ruschioni, who finished second behind Dave Houghton in last week's Mass. Super Senior Championship at Wyatenuck. Hougton tied for 50th on Wednesday with a 156 total.

Berkshire Hills Country Club's Bob Linn improved by three shots over his opening-round 80 to tie for 55th in the 119-player field.

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