Pelletier, Larrivee, and Dickison Take Advantage of Perfect Conditions to Lead Divisions in First Round of Player's Invitational

Newbury, NH – Unlike the usual rain, wind, and 40-degree temperatures players can often experience at the Player’s Invitational, today's opening round of the 2024 Player’s Invitational was played under immaculate conditions. The sunny and 70-degree temperatures made for a great day on the course, and the scores reflect just that. Pat Pelletier (-5), David Larrivee (-3) and Amy Dickison (E) emerged as the leaders for each of their respective divisions under the warm sun on the first day of June. Pat Pelletier had the lowest score of the day at 67, he finished the front at 5 under and shot even on the back. David Larrivee shot 3 under on the front and even on the back for a final score of 69. Amy Dickison Was 2 under after 9 and finished the day even with a score of 72. Each competitor aims to maintain their lead heading into day two at Baker Hill Golf Club.  
Pelletier held onto his leading score of -5 as Matt Paradis went on to shoot a 34 on the front and back finishing at 4 under par for the day. The consistency of Paradis’ game has him sitting one stroke behind the division leader Pat Pelletier.  
Paradis is a familiar name in the New Hampshire golf community. He recently gained his amateur status back, and is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. “This is my first event back with the NHGA, it feels really good, and I do have a little bit of nostalgia at this place” states Paradis about his round today. He took the championship title in 2015, 2016, and most recently in 2019. 
Pelletier credited his previous knowledge of the course to his success today stating, “I have played here many times, and I knew, positioning wise, going into today I had a game plan, I was just trying to keep it in play the best I could”. Knowing that Paradis is one stroke behind, Pelletier added that “I know I will have to bring my A-game tomorrow and I’ll have the same game plan, keep it in play and take advantage when you can”. 
In the senior division, David Larrivee is the only player within the division to shoot below par on the first day. Peter Beaulieu currently in second place, shot even on the front and 2 over on the back, finishing the day with a final score of 74 (+2). Larrivee started the day with a bogey but soon found some success “the ball just started to go in the hole, and I ended up getting five birdies on the front”. After round one of last year’s Player’s Invitational, Larrivee was +6.
“Today I only had one swing thought and I just focused on it, and I really limited my misses” said Larrivee who finished this round 9 strokes lower than last year’s opening round. He added “trying to do the same thing and just rolling the ball in the hole” is a large part of his plan to maintain the lead throughout tomorrow’s round.   
For the women’s division, Amy Dickison leads with an even scorecard after day 1. She acknowledges that her putting played a large role into her success on the course, “the greens were rolling very true, and my putter was working”, “not thinking about the score and continuing the putting” were both her key takeaways for tomorrow’s round and holding the lead. Julie Rivers sits close behind Dickison at two over par with last year’s champion, Juliana Megan, sitting in the third position with +4, 76 round today. She will be looking to chase down the leaders tomorrow in hopes of defending her title. 
The Players Invitational brings together the top Men and Women from the previous year’s Player of the Year point standings to compete in a 36-hole championship at Baker Hill Golf Club.  Despite the cool temperatures, wind and rain, Baker Hill always proves to be a true test of golf for each competitor teeing it up.  The final round of the competition will begin at 7AM on Sunday, June 2nd.  
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