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Paradis Bound for Pebble Beach After Strong July Golf

August 9th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Concord, NH – New Hampshire golf standout, Matt Paradis is heading to Pebble Beach Golf Links to test his ability against the world’s best amateur golfers in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship.  The Hooksett, New Hampshire native is looking to build upon the success he has found in the month of July, winning the New Hampshire Amateur Championship and qualifying for the U.S. Amateur.
Paradis has found himself in contention of numerous tournaments in the last three years, including the 2016 and 2017 New Hampshire Amateur Championship.  In each of those tournaments he advanced to the final match but fell shy of the title.  It’s very rare that a golfer can withstand five matches to get to the finals of the New Hampshire Amateur multiple years in a row, but Paradis has had the endurance to do so now three years in a row. 
In the 2018 final match against Pat Pelletier (Lebanon, NH), former professional golfer who recently got his amateur status back, Paradis came out firing on all cylinders; he wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass him by a third time.  He ended up defeating Pelletier 5 & 4 to finally take home the trophy that has been within reach for the past three years.
Following his win at Hanover Country Club, Paradis went on to play in a Member-Guest tournament (and win it) and then immediately head down to Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Massachusetts for his U.S. Amateur Qualifier.  In the 36-hole qualifier where 84 golfers were competing for three qualifying spots, Paradis knew he needed two extraordinary rounds to have a chance.  In the first 18, he shot a two under par, 69 to be tied for the lead.  He was able to hang on long enough during the second 18 to shoot three over par, 74 and be among those heading to Pebble Beach.
“I knew after the first round I was in contention and I just told myself to hang on and play smart. But I thought I was closer to the cut line than I was so I tried to go for a shot I shouldn’t have on the 34th hole and made triple bogey. But I was fortunate enough to hold on and get into the top three by a shot”, says Paradis about his mindset following the first 18 holes of the U.S. Amateur qualifier.

Looking ahead to the Championship proper, he know he will have to be on top of his game to have a chance at competing in match play.  Paradis talks about the aspects of his game that will be important saying, “I have been driving the ball well which is extremely necessary at both Pebble Beach and Spyglass. But the whole week will come down to putting.”

While winning the Granite State’s premier amateur golf tournament has been on his mind, that didn’t stop him from achieving other accomplishments along the way.  He won the 2015 and 2016 New Hampshire Player’s Invitational, which is an exclusive tournament open to the top amateur golfers in New Hampshire from the previous season.  On top of that, he was named the New Hampshire Thomas J. Leonard Jr. Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. 
Regionally, Paradis has competed in multiple New England Amateur Championships with his strongest showing in the last three years.  He finished T2 in 2016, 4th place in 2017, and most recently finished T3 in the 2018 New England Amateur that began the day following his U.S. Amateur qualifier.
Heading into his second semester of junior year as a student-athlete at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Paradis is the top golfer for the SNHU Penmen team.  For the second-straight year, Paradis was named to the Northeast-10 All Conference Team with a scoring average of 72.6 over 23 rounds played.  In the 2017-2018 season, he finished in the top 10 eight times in the ten events he played in, including six top 5’s and four individual medalist honors.
As he heads out to Pebble Beach this week, Paradis states, “I’m just looking forward to the overall experience of meeting all of these good players, seeing what they do to practice, and compare my game with a lot of future tour pros. I am also excited to see two amazing bucket list courses.”

The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to wish Matt Paradis the best of luck!