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Dover’s Bill Heffernan earns ticket to US Senior Amateur on back nine

Bill Heffernan will be competing in the US Senior Amateur championship in North Carolina next month.
Bill Heffernan will be competing in the US Senior Amateur championship in North Carolina next month. David Colt/MGA/file

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Bill Heffernan’s opportunity to qualify for the US Senior Amateur golf tournament for the first time was slipping away in a qualifer at Segregansett Country Club in Taunton.

“It’s a tough field and I thought I’d have to shoot par to have a chance,’’ said the 59-year-old Dover resident, who struggled over the first nine holes with a 39.

But Heffernan, a four-time national champion sailor out of Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, saved par at 10 and then went on a tear to post a 34 on the back side.

His 1-over 73 tied for third and placed him among the six qualifiers.

Heffernan is two-time senior club champ at Dedham Country & Polo Club and former golf captain at Wellesley High and Franklin Pierce University.

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