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Familar Faces Lead The Way At The 50th New Hampshire Senior Championship

September 7th, 2021

Wolfeboro, NH – Three of the most accomplished golfers in NHGA history are tied for the lead after round one of the 2021 NHGA Senior Championship. Phil Pleat (Nashua CC), Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth CC), and Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield CC) all fired opening rounds of even-par 72 ahead of Wednesday’s final round.
 
Under sun-soaked skies, the 6,200 yard Kingswood GC layout proved to have plenty of birdies but none of the three men leading were able to finish with a clean card. Pleat’s round included four birdies, including back to back on 14th and 15th holes, which were cancelled out by bogies at the 1st, 4th, 12th and 13th holes. Steckowych had birdies on the 8th and 12th but made bogies on the 5th and difficult par-3 13th which clocked in at a stout 213 yards. Arvanitis got off to a slow start, making a bogey on the first hole, another at the 4th, and a double on the short par-4 8th. His front nine was aided by two birdies on the 2nd and 9th holes and he played solid golf coming in, firing a 2-under 35 on the second nine to post even par.
 
The chase group is led by John Flynn (Cochecho CC) who fired a 2-over par round of 74, Bill Everett (Laconia CC) sits in solo fifth place after shooting 75 (+3) and Mike Blair (Bretwood GC) and Jim Jankowski (Baker Hill GC) are tied for sixth after shooting 77 (+5). Steve Thompson (Pease GC), Tim Hartnett (Concord CC), Bob Mielcarz (Concord CC), and Kevin Doherty (Manchester CC) rounded out the top of the leaderboard with all four players shooting 6-over par 78.
 
All three players tied for the lead have their fair share of NHGA hardware but to date, the Senior Championship has eluded both Steckowych and Arvanitis. Pleat will be gunning for his eighth senior title tomorrow and no other player in the 50-year history of the event has won more than three.
 
The full field of 72 players is broken down into age divisions in addition to battling for the overall championship. Steckowych currently leads Jankowski in the 60-64 division, Pleat and Arvanitis are tied atop the 65-69 division and Bill Everett holds a three shot lead on Mielcarz in the 70 and older division.
 
Despite recent wet weather, Kingswood GC more than held its own without a single player breaking par. The scoring average for the day was just under 87 (86.99) with four holes averaging a full shot over par. The aforementioned par-3 13th didn’t yield a single birdie all day and six holes only had one birdie made throughout the opening round.
 
Wednesday’s final round will begin at 7:30am with the final group teeing off at 9:00am.
 
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