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DeVito Does It Again; Steckowych Earns Senior Match Play Title

May 9th, 2018

Author: Kate Kellar
Portsmouth, NH –  In the final day of the Mid-Amateur and Senior Match Play Championships, defending champion John DeVito (Passaconaway CC) defeats Jamie Ferullo (Rochester CC) in a back-and-forth battle while Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth CC) takes the Senior Match Play victory over Bob Mielcarz (Concord CC). 
 
The semifinal rounds saw John DeVito up against the top seed, Harvin Groft (The Oaks GL).  DeVito was able to edge out Groft in a close match, DeVito taking it 2&1.  Jamie Ferullo took on Fletcher Sokul (Concord CC) and ended the match on the 14th hole with a 5 & 4 win.  The afternoon was a different story for both DeVito and Ferullo; they started out with a back and forth match, each winning one hole or another, until the back nine.  Ferullo put himself in a tough position a few times, that cost him a few holes.  DeVito closed it out on the 14th when Ferullo put his tee shot in the water and couldn’t get up and down.
 
This is DeVito’s second consecutive Mid-Amateur Match Play victory.  In 2017, he defeated Ryan Kohler at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in the inaugural Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship.
 
The Senior Match Play semifinal rounds were between Bob Mielcarz and Scott Peters (Hanover CC) and Craig Steckowych and Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield CC).  Mielcarz used his match play experience to his advantage, defeating Peters 5 & 4.  Steckowych and Arvanitis had a close battle, but Steckowych ultimately won 2 & 1.  In the final match, Steckowych and Mielcarz had a steady round, trading holes early on then halved seven straight holes until the 13th, where Steckowych gave one back.  Hanging on until the 18th hole, Steckowych defeated Mielcarz 2 Up.
 
The Senior First Flight and Senior Second Flight both concluded their matches earlier in the day.  Ken Nilson (Ridgewood CC) bested Bill Sheridan (Nashua CC) 3 & 2, while Brian Cannon (Souhegan Woods GC) defeated Bill Krueger (Concord CC) 3 & 2. 
 
Pease Golf Course was in great condition for all three days of the tournament.  The greens were rolling fast and smooth, providing ideal and challenging playing conditions for all competitors.  The NHGA would like to thank Pease GC for being great hosts for this three-day championship event.
 
The Mid-Amateur and Senior Match Play Championships mirror the format of the NHGA Junior Championship.  Competitors ages 25 and over compete in the Mid-Amateur division and competitors 55 and over compete in the Senior division.  All competitors play 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine their seed and flight for the match play rounds beginning Tuesday.  The top 16 players from each division are placed into the Championship Flight.  All flights conclude play on Wednesday.
 
Results can be found here:  https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/1435372