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New Champions Emerge: Brown-Gillis Win Gross Four Ball

June 10th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Thornton, NH –  In a day where any of four teams could have won the Championship, the team of Brandon Gillis (Green Meadow GC) and Jack Brown (Nashua CC) emerged as champions following a three-hole playoff with James Pleat (Nashua CC) and John DeVito (Passaconaway CC).  These two teams finished the 36-hole tournament with a twelve under par total, 132 after the final 18 holes at Owl’s Nest Resort Golf Club.
Brown and Gillis began the day three shots back of the leaders Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC) and Michael Mahan (Cochecho CC) who fired 64 at Green Meadow Golf Club in the opening round to lead the tournament.  At different points throughout the final round, Brown/Gillis, Pleat/Devito, Cilley/Mahan and the side of Ryan Tombs (Manchester CC) and David Sherborne (___) all had a share of the lead; Brown and Gillis knew they would need to string together a low round to even be in contention.
They made the turn on a high note after Brown sunk a lengthy eagle putt to get the pair to ten under par, which was right where the Pleat/DeVito team sat.  With some ups and downs on the back nine, Brown and Gillis finished out the 18th with a par thinking they had missed it by one shot.  Little did they know, Pleat and DeVito missed a key opportunity to at least make a birdie on the 17th hole where most people walk out with a birdie or better.  Following another par on the 18th hole, the two teams entered into a playoff that was ended on the third playoff after Gillis rolled in a birdie putt under pressure.
While the duo felt they left a few out there at Green Meadow in the first round, Brown discussed what was going through their heads during the round, especially after the front nine, saying, “After making an eagle on nine we just knew we could win it, so we stuck with it.  Our goal today was to get to 14-under and after making the turn at five under, we knew four under on the back would be a pretty good score.”
While they were only one under on the back nine, coming up to the 18th hole, Gillis talks about their mindset saying, “We assumed they were going to birdie 17 so we thought we needed to at least make it to get into a playoff, but fortunately for us they only made par and we were able to get it done in the playoff.”
This is the first Gross Four Ball Championship victory for Brandon Gillis and Jack Brown.  Though Pleat and DeVito came up short in the playoff, they played a solid round especially on the front nine, recording four birdies on their scorecards, including a birdie on the 6th hole from DeVito by draining a long putt.  They faltered a little on the 16th hole, having to take a bogey and not capitalizing on the reachable 17th hole.  This is their second visit to playoff holes in the Four Ball Championship as they faced the 2017 champions, Josh Lacasse and Matt Paradis last year.
The Gross Four Ball Championship is two-day, 36-hole best ball championship.  Teams of two take to Green Meadow Golf Club and Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club to determine the top four ball team in the state.
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