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Pelletier Paves His Way to Medalist Honors

July 9th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Hanover, NH – Pat Pelletier (Carter CC) used his extensive knowledge of Hanover Country Club to navigate his way to earn medalist honors in the 115th New Hampshire Amateur Championship presented by Audi of Nashua.  Pelletier fired the low round for the day with a 67 (-4) which positioned him at the top of the leaderboard after Matt Paradis (Concord CC) and Ryan Tombs (Manchester CC) posted solid rounds to be six under for the 36 holes of play.
With local knowledge under his belt, Pelletier went out firing on all cylinders opening his round with three-straight birdies.  With a few bumps along the way, he ended up closing his round with three-straight birdies.  Pelletier knew he had some work to do with Paradis and Tombs going low right before him, but he stepped up and earned the medalist honors.
Pelletier has not played in the New Hampshire Amateur Championship in a few years.  He comments on his mindset heading into match play, saying “Just keep doing what I’m doing.  I have a lot of course knowledge, it helps on the greens out here.  The greens have a lot of subtle breaks.  A lot of shots you can’t see the green when you’re hitting, so it helps when you can trust the yardage because I’ve played here multiple times.”
Although Paradis got off to a tough start on his opening nine in the second round, he was able to turn it around and have a bogey-free second nine with three birdies to finish with a 69 and at -6 for the 36 holes of qualifying.  Right alongside him was Ryan Tombs who had a completely bogey-free round with three birdies and 15 pars.  Both competitors are safely on to match play.
Tombs comments after his solid round saying, “I’m pretty confident out there.  I feel like I have good control of my game right now and I’m just looking forward to getting out there.”
With the Round of 64 on deck, Tombs talks about his game plan for match playing stating, “I think tomorrow with match play you can be a little more aggressive and fire at pins so hopefully the birdies will come that way.”
The day concluded with a playoff to determine the remaining players heading into match play.  There were five players vying for four spots:  Rob Zimmerman, Bob Kearney, Tim Baines, Bill Everett and Matt Keane.  The group headed to the first tee for the playoff and only needed one hole to figure things out as Keane and Zimmerman made birdie, Everett and Baines made par, and Kearney made bogey to be eliminated.
Pat Pelletier (1) will be facing Bill Everett (64) in the opening round of match play.  Matt Paradis (2) will face Tim Baines (63), Ryan Tombs (3) will take on Rob Zimmerman (62) and Brandon Gillis (4) will take on Matt Keane (61). 
The New Hampshire Amateur Championship is a six-day event, beginning with 36-holes of stroke play qualifying on Sunday and Monday to determine the 64 players who will be advancing to the match play rounds beginning on Tuesday.  One round of matches will be played Tuesday, two rounds of matches will be played both Wednesday and Thursday, and the championship concludes with a 36-hole final match on Friday.
Match Play Bracket can be found here: