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Kohler Leads at Mid-Amateur

September 22nd, 2015

Author: Greg Howell

Goffstown, NH – Ryan Kohler (Hooper GC) leads a talented field at the 2015 New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship presented by Country Club Enterprises after eighteen holes at Stonebridge CC. Kohler’s 1-under 71 was good enough for a 1-shot lead over Jim Cilley (Lochmere Golf & CC) and James Pleat (Nashua CC).

Kohler, the 2013 Stroke Play Champion, was the medalist during the 2014 State Amateur Championship held at Stonebridge. He was 3-under par on the difficult back nine including an eagle on the par-5 14th hole.

Pleat, a first-year eligible Mid-Amateur, was the 2015 Stroke Play Champion and was the 2006 Junior Champion. His father Phil has won eighteen NHGA Championships and sits just four shots off the lead after a round 1 75.
Defending Champion Brett Wilson shot a 74 in the first round in his first round ever at Stonebridge CC. He will play with Kohler and James Pleat on Wednesday.

Stonebridge’s 6,600 yard layout played more difficult than expected, with an average score for the 1st round over 81. Tomorrow will be very similar with almost the same yardages on each hole. The field will be cut to the low 27 players and ties after Wednesday’s second round.

Full Results for the first round can be found here:
Round 2 Parings can be found here:

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Mid-Amateur Facts and Notes:
  • 7 of the 72 players are from the host club, Stonebridge CC. They are represented more than any other club with Canterbury Woods CC having 5 players. The low round from a Stonebridge Player was 79 from Jim Reid and Josh Chamberlain.
  • Phil Pleat has won eight Mid-Amateur Championships including multiple Championships in each of the last three decades.
  • Outside of Pleat the rest of the field has twelve total Mid-Amateur Championships spread among seven players.
  • The lowest final score to par since 2010 was Brett Wilson’s 4-under at Cochecho in 2013. Kohler and the rest of the leaders at Stonebridge will look to break that in 2015.