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Kohler in Control at Montcalm

October 6th, 2021

October 6, 2021
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Enfield, NH – Ryan Kohler (Hooper GC) followed up Tuesday’s opening round 68 with another beautiful round of golf and fired another round of 4-under par. He currently leads the 37th NHGA Mid-Amateur by five shots over Jim Cilley and sits at 8-under par after 36-holes.  
Starting the second round on the 10th hole, Kohler seized the initiative and never let it go. He made eagle at the short par-4 11th and then birdied three holes in a row. A bogey on the par-3 17th was immediately followed by a birdie on the par-4 18th for an opening nine of 31. An uncharacteristic double bogey on the short par-3 5th was a minor setback as he followed that up with a birdie on the par-5 6th. Three pars followed and he ended his round four shots better than par for the second consecutive day.
“I got off to a really good start today, especially the first five holes or so and then just kind of held on. There is trouble everywhere on this golf course and doubles are never out of the equation. I putted better than I did in yesterday’s round but I still need to clean some things up off the tee,” said Kohler.
Kohler’s exceptional round did enough to stretch his round one lead from two to five. The chase group is led by 2013 champion Jim Cilley, who followed up an opening round of even par with a 3-under 69 and sits in solo second place. Reigning state amateur champion James Pleat played a much cleaner round of golf, carding a 2-under 70 to go with yesterday’s 75. Cilley and Pleat will join Kohler in the final group tomorrow.
An interesting subplot within the event is the battle for 2021 Player of the Year. Cilley currently sits just 26.25 points behind Pleat with the season winding to a close. While both players will look to put pressure on Kohler in Thursday’s final round, there is plenty to play for within the final pairing.
Craig Steckowych of Portsmouth CC shot 75 in the second round and sits tied with Pleat in third place. The 62 year-old once again finds himself square in the middle of a large pack of younger players, including John DeVito and Jamie Ferullo who are tied for fifth and Cam Salo and Joe Bowker who are tied for seventh. Harvin Groft, fresh of an appearance at the USGA Mid-Am, shot an even par round of 72 and sits tied for ninth with 2019 NHGA Mid-Am champion, Matt Burroughs.
Montcalm proved a stiff test once again, although the average score in round two was about two shots lower than Tuesday’s opening round. After a morning of cloudy and overcast conditions, the field was treated to a sun soaked afternoon and very little breeze. Thursday’s conditions look ideal once again as Kohler looks to put a bow on what would be back to back Mid-Am championships. 
Still, the 37 year-old understands there is much to be done in order to take the title once again. “I’m not going to think about it too much,” he said. “I’m just going to keep playing well and not get ahead of myself.”
The field was cut to the low-27 players and ties after the second round. 29 players made the cut at +15 (159) or better.
The final round will begin Thursday at 8:30am with all players teeing off the first hole.
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