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Kibbe's Consistency Lands Him Atop Stroke Play Leaderboard

August 8th, 2017

Author: Kate Kellar
Rochester, NH –  As competitors were finishing up all day at the Stroke Play Championship sponsored by Willem Verweij Physical Therapy, it wasn’t until one of the final three groups that someone was able to record an under-par round.  Josh Kibbe (Green Meadow GC) leads the field at Rochester Country Club by two strokes by carding two under par, 70. 
Many others came close to an under-par round including Damon Salo (Bretwood GC), Peter Keilty (Portsmouth CC), Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield CC) and Sean Lacey (Manchester Golf Matches Assn.) who all shot even-par, 72 in their opening rounds.  These four players along with the remainder of the field will be chasing Kibbe and attempting to earn on of the 40 spots advancing on to the third and final day.
Kibbe opened his round strong on Rochester’s 10th hole with a birdie and made pars all the way to the 17th hole where he made bogey but bounced back quick with a birdie on the next hole.  His second nine was very similar, consisting of two birdies and just one bogey, finishing at two under par.
When asked about his round and how he played in this opening round, Kibbe said, “I just played good enough.  I didn’t do anything too spectacular. I hit a couple good wedge shots in close, made a couple putts, made a couple good par saves.”
While Kibbe hasn’t played Rochester recently, he did comment saying, “It plays well for me.  I don’t have to force anything here.  I’m obviously a pretty long hitter, so I can go out here and hit 3 woods and irons off tees and not get myself out of position.”
Rochester Country Club is playing at about 6,600 yards this week and is in great condition.  The real trick to this golf course is hitting the greens in the right spot; being below the hole and on the correct level of the green will benefit the player and help to avoid three putts.
The NHGA Stroke Play Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event. Held over three days, players play 36-holes before a cut is made to the low 40 players and ties. Those making the cut will play 36-holes in the final round. The event debuted in the year 2000 and this is the first time that Rochester Country Club has hosted the Championship.
First Round Results can be found here:
Second Round Tee Times can be found here: