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Everett Claims Senior Match Play Championship Title
Author: Kate Kellar
May 17th 2017 - Greenland, NH – On what has been one of the warmest days of the season, the two players in the final match of the Championship flight of the Senior Match Play battled out two matches to determine a winner. Ultimately, Bill Everett (Laconia CC) had the edge on Mike Blair (Bretwood GC) winning the match 2 UP.|
The semifinal matches were hard fought battles between Bob Mielcarz (Concord CC) versus Mike Blair and Bill Everett versus Dave Kane (Derryfield CC). The Mielcarz/ Blair match needed one extra hole to determine the winner; Blair had the edge up on their 19th hole with a solid tee shot, while Mielcarz found the fairway bunker. Blair ended it quickly by draining his putt from just off the green for birdie. The Everett/Kane match used all 18 holes, with the match going into 18 all square. Kane was tangled amongst the trees from his tee shot giving Everett the green light. Everett took advantage of the opportunity to advance on to the final match.
In the final match between Everett and Blair, they started by trading off on winning holes, but Blair was able to go three up in the match following their 9th played hole. Everett slowly climbed his way back after their 15th making it all square and again after their 16th going 1 UP. Each have been able to overcome difficult lies on various holes to keep it to a tight match. On their 17th hole, under pressure, Everett drained a lengthy putt for birdie to potentially win, but Blair answered right back to continue the match. The 18th hole of their match was won by Everett after Blair’s tee shot landed in a less than favorable position.
After going down by three to Blair with six holes to play, Everett said, “I thought if I don’t make some birdies here I’m going to lose the match. But I made three birdies and a conceded birdie on the last hole for four in a row.”
Everett continues, “This is my first-ever state-anything championship; I only started playing these tournaments when I was sixty”. Everett has consistently been in the hunt for a Championship within the last few years and his hard work has paid off. He says, “It’s very nice to finally win one.”
Each competitor in the final match ended up playing at least 36 holes on this 86-degree day, with Blair ending up with 37 holes under his belt today. It’s impressive this early in the New Hampshire golf season to see these competitors compete at such a high level. Breakfast Hill Golf Club was great test for the top senior golfers in New Hampshire.
In its second year, the Senior Match Play Championship mirrors the format of the NHGA Junior Championship. Competitors ages 55 and over play 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine their seed and flight for the match play rounds beginning Tuesday. The top 16 players are placed into the Championship Flight with the next 8 players being placed into the First Flight.
Match Play Brackets & Results can be found here: