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James Pleat Leads Strong Field of NH Mid-Amateur Following Second Round 72

October 7th, 2020

New Durham, NH – Through windy conditions and rain at times, James Pleat (Nashua CC) worked his way to the top of the leaderboard following the second round of the New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship being held at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club (LWGC).  Pleat fired an even-par, 72 to sit at two-over for the tournament with a one-stroke lead over round-one-leader, Brett Wilson (Golf Club of New England).
Pleat began his second round on the back nine of Lake Winnipesaukee and made a bogey to start the day.  After playing four holes, he was two-over on the day, but an eagle on the par-4, 14th hole brought him back to even par.  He added another bogey to the card on Lake Winnipesaukee’s 17th hole to make the turn at one-over par.
His second nine started out similar to his first, making a bogey, but he turned that around quickly with his second eagle of the day on the 2nd hole at LWGC and following that up with a birdie.  The up and down day continued as he made two more bogeys and one birdie to finish up the day at even par.  His rounds of 74 (+2) and 72 (even) are good enough to be leading the tournament after a challenging day on the course for all.  Pleat will look to hang on to that lead heading to the final round to capture his third New Hampshire Mid-Amateur title in four years.
Brett Wilson, who began the day with a two-shot lead, sits just one shot behind Pleat as he had a tough day on the course, finishing up his second round with a 78 (+6).  Wilson had just one birdie accompanied by seven bogeys which led to his six-over par round, but still good enough to be one shot off the leader. 
Not to be counted out is Ryan Kohler (Hooper GC) who has gone 73-75 and is now three strokes behind James Pleat and in the final pairing for the last 18 holes of the tournament.  Between James Pleat, Wilson and Kohler, there are five New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship titles, as Kohler has one of his own from 2015.
The low round of the day and the only under-par round of the day belongs to Rick Moreau (Sky Meadow CC) who fired a two-under par, 70 to move up the leaderboard into the T4 position with John DeVito (Passaconaway CC).  He turned some heads with a bogey-free front nine that included three birdies to turn at three-under par.  Heading to the back nine, he made two more birdies that brought him to five-under par on the day, but a bogey on the 15th hole and a double bogey on the 17th hole brought him back to two-under par, a great score especially in the challenging conditions that the afternoon brought.
“I just hit it pretty good and made a few putts”, stated Moreau after his round.  “I didn’t get into much trouble, so it was kind of stress free and that’s usually not my game.  I was able to hit a lot of greens and a lot of fairways, so I was able to keep it in play.”
Moreau has been a solid, consistent golfer in New Hampshire and showed it today.  Lake Winnipesaukee seems to suit the way he plays his game.  He says, “You have to hit it straight and I usually hit it pretty straight, I don’t make a lot of putts.  But today I hit it pretty straight and I made a couple putts for a change.”
While the golf course has many challenges, for Moreau, the greens and putting tend to be the toughest and many in the field would agree.  Moreau comments, “You have to really get your speed right on the greens or you could run into some three-putts.”
As he now sits three shots back of the leader, he heads into tomorrow with a positive mindset, hoping to repeat what he did in the second round, if not better.  “Hopefully I hit it just as straight as I did today and hopefully, I make more putts,” said Moreau.
The field was cut to the low 27 golfers after the second round with those shooting 159 (+15) or better advancing on to the final round of the tournament.
Round 1 & 2 Results: CLICK HERE
Round 3 Tee Times: CLICK HERE