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Buffalo's Chris Covelli had four birdies and one double bogey on his way to a round of 2-under 68 Friday at Niagara Falls Country Club to take medalist honors in a local qualifier for the state Mid Amateur Tournament.
Covelli bounced back from a five on the par-3 13th hole at NFCC to birdie Nos. 16 and 17 near the close of his round, comfortably winning by seven strokes over Lewiston native Frank Garcia Jr., who tied for second with Nolan Swanson after rounds of 5-over 75.
A total of 20 golfers qualified for the state Mid Amateur (ages 25 and over) Tournament, which will be held at Midvale Country Club on Sept. 28-30.