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Hanover CC Poised to Host Granite State's Top Amateur Golfers

July 6th, 2018

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Golf Association is just days away from kicking off the 115th New Hampshire Amateur Championship sponsored by Audi of Nashua. On Sunday, July 8, 144 players will tee it up at Hanover Country Club with hopes of being crowned the champion five days later. This will be the fifth time Dartmouth College’s Hanover Country Club will host the State’s most prestigious amateur championship, with the last coming in 1986 where Donald Folsom claimed his first of back-to-back titles.

With last year’s champion Michael Martel turning professional, the 115th New Hampshire Amateur Championship is up for grabs. Hanover Country Club will stretch out to 6,500 yards for the championship and looks to be a fair test for all players. The club has selected Scott Peters to compete under their host club exemption and will be represented by five other members.

The 144-player field is comprised of seven past Amateur Champions:  Connor Greenleaf (2015), Jim Cilley (2011), Nick MacDonald (2010), Danny Arvanitis (2001), Jared Lamothe (1999), Craig Steckowych (1998, 1990), and Phil Pleat (1997, 1985, 1981).

Joining Phil Pleat will be his son, James, who most recently won the 2017 Robert H. Elliot Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2015 Stroke Play Championship. James Pleat is a graduate of Dartmouth College and will look to use his familiarity with Hanover Country Club to capture his first Amateur Championship title.

Other players to watch include Matt Paradis and Brandon Gillis. A Southern New Hampshire University golf standout, Paradis is also a two-time runner up of this event, including last year at Bretwood Golf Course. No stranger to match play himself, Gillis won the 2015 New Hampshire Junior Championship and made the quarterfinals of the 2016 US Junior Amateur Championship. Gillis is going into his sophomore year at Wake Forest University where he continues to play collegiately.

Greg Howell, NHGA Tournament Director, on the field and the course: “There is a fantastic mix of experience and youth in the field for the Amateur this year. Seven past champions along with plenty of talented challengers, it should be an excellent week at Hanover. The golf course is immaculate, and it should be a challenging test for the state’s top amateurs.”

Play will begin with 36 holes of stroke play on Sunday, July 8, and Monday, July 9, followed by a 64-player match play bracket. The first round of match play will be contested on Tuesday, July 10, and two rounds of matches will be played on both Wednesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 12. The New Hampshire Amateur Champion will be named following a 36-hole final match on Friday, July 13.

The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to thank Audi of Nashua for their continued support of this Championship.

First and Second round pairings and tee times can be found here:  https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/1528142