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Paradis Leads Packed Leaderboard at Green Meadow in Stroke Play Championship

August 6th, 2019

Hudson, NH – Through a packed leaderboard, Matt Paradis (Concord CC) emerged as the leader following the opening round of the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship taking place at Green Meadow GC.  With a four under-par 68, Paradis is in familiar position among the leaders of this year’s tournament with a strong field following close behind him.
 
For someone who hasn’t played much golf as of late, Paradis’ round would indicate otherwise.  His front nine included one eagle, two birdies and two bogeys.  And, steady as ever, his back nine began and ended with birdies, with all pars in between. 
 
Following the round, Paradis commented saying, “I stayed steady.  I had a few silly bogeys with wedges in my hand, but overall, I hit it very good and kind of kept it below the hole.  These greens are kind of tricky, they’re enough to get you from back to front.  It felt like a good round for me.”
 
Paradis last competed in the New England Amateur Championship at The Quechee Club in Vermont, but aside from that he hasn’t been playing much golf.  He said, “I had a little hand injury.  I’ve been getting back into it and I haven’t been playing my best lately, but it feels good to get out there and make some birdies today and get back into the swing of things.  I’m hoping to have a good week.”
 
Fortunate enough to be paired with two of the top golfers in the state, Paradis, Pat Pelletier (Hanover CC) and Joe Leavitt (Atkinson Resort & CC) all had solid opening rounds in this championship.  Paradis mentioned, “It was fun.  We kind of fed off of eachother; Pat and Joe played great, made a bunch of birdies.  We battled down the stretch and all finished two, three and four under par, so it was a great day for us.”
 
Pelletier, one of the six golfers sitting just one shot behind Paradis, has consistently been playing some great golf.  He recently received an exemption in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for his position on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.  With six birdies on the card in his first round of the Stroke Play Championship, he will be looking to eliminate a few of the bogeys he made today to try and defend his title.
 
Joe Leavitt is back to amateur golf after a go at the professional side.  In his first competitive round in New Hampshire, he fired a respectable two under par, 70 to be only two strokes back of Paradis.  Leavitt carded five birdies and three bogeys in this opening round.  With plenty more golf to be played, he is looking to keep Paradis, and the six other golfers ahead of him, in his sights.
 
The NHGA Stroke Play Championship is a 72-hole individual stroke play event. Held over three days, players play 36-holes before a cut is made to the low 40 players and ties. Those making the cut will play 36-holes in the final round. The event debuted in the year 2000 and has seen some of the best amateur golfers in the state take the win.
 
First Round Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2137817
Second Round Tee Times can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2126467