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Match Plays March On: Six Matches Advance to Extra Holes

May 8th, 2018

Author: Kate Kellar
Portsmouth, NH –  With day two of the Mid-Amateur and Senior Match Play Championships at Pease Golf Course in the books, top seed Harvin Groft (The Oaks GL) will advance to the semifinals of the Mid-Amateur Match Play, while Bob Mielcarz (Concord CC) defeated top seed Peter Beaulieu (Profile Seniors) 1 Up in a rematch from the 2016 Senior Match Play, where Beaulieu previously defeated Bob in 19 holes.
Facing Groft in tomorrow’s semifinal round will be 2017 Mid-Amateur Match Play Champion John DeVito (Passaconaway CC) who won each of his matches today 6 & 5.  Also playing in the semifinal round of the Mid-Amateur Match Play are Jamie Ferullo (Rochester CC) and Fletcher Sokul (Concord CC).  Ferullo’s afternoon match against Aaron Loring (Rochester CC) was a tough, back and forth battle which came down to the 18th hole where Loring needed to win the hole to advance the match but just missed his putt for birdie to do so; Ferullo won 1 Up.
The Senior side of the Match Play Championship saw Bob Mielcarz, experienced match play competitor with nine State Amateur wins under his belt, take down top seed Peter Beaulieu in a close match ending on the 18th hole.  Joining Mielcarz in a match is Scott Peters (Hanover CC) that went into extra holes with Bill Everett (Laconia CC) but ultimately won in 19 holes.  Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth CC) and Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield CC), both familiar names, will square off in the semifinal round as well.
In the Senior First Flight, Ken Nilson (Ridgewood CC) found himself in extra holes in both of him matches, coming out with the win each time in 19 holes.  Nilson will face Bill Sheridan (Nashua CC) in the First Flight Final match.  In the Senior Second Flight, Brian Cannon (Souhegan Woods GC) will match up against Bill Krueger (Concord CC) in the Second Flight Final match.
The Mid-Amateur and Senior Match Play Championships mirror the format of the NHGA Junior Championship.  Competitors ages 25 and over compete in the Mid-Amateur division and competitors 55 and over compete in the Senior division.  All competitors play 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine their seed and flight for the match play rounds beginning Tuesday.  The top 16 players from each division are placed into the Championship Flight.  All flights conclude play on Wednesday.
Match Play Results can be found here: