Gillis playing at Junior PGA Championship

Souhegan Woods Golf Club member Brandon Gillis has headed to Rhode Island.

The Nashua High School North senior-to-be took to the links at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., on Tues­day for the 41st Junior PGA Championship. Results were not available by Cabinet presstime. It’s the first time New England is hosting the event.

The 17-year-old member of Amherst’s Souhegan Woods Golf Club advanced to the U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals a month ago, and he’s a darkhorse to challenge for a title this week in the Ocean State.

The field features 156 players: 78 boys vying for the Jack Nick­laus Trophy, and 78 girls compet­ing for the Patty Berg Trophy.

One of the girls in the field is also from the Granite State – 16-year-old Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead. The Windham Country Club member and ju­nior-to-be at Derry’s Pinkerton Academy came up just short of match play in last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur.