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Pelletier's Power Can't Be Beat, Takes Home Second-Straight Stroke Play Title

August 8th, 2019

Hudson, NH – Coming from behind to begin the day, Pat Pelletier (Hanover CC) charged up the leaderboard in the final 36 holes of the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship to capture his second consecutive title in this tournament.  Pelletier finished the 72-hole championship at 13-under par, 275, which was six strokes better than the 36-hole leader, Taylor Simpson (The Oaks GL).
 
Although he was under-par in all four rounds of the tournament, his lowest scores came on the final day where those making the cut were set to play 36 holes.  In the third round, he recorded a five-under par, 67 to propel himself up the leaderboard and into a comfortable position heading to the final round.  At that point, he had a three-stroke lead over Taylor Simpson.
 
His final round consisted of one birdie on the front nine with eight pars and one birdie on the back nine, with seven pars and one eagle, which came on the 18th hole, the 72nd hole of the championship, after rolling in a 50-foot putt. 
 
While his first two rounds were still strong enough to keep him in contention, his final two rounds are really where he turned on the jets.  Pelletier commented on the difference in the rounds saying, “I just made some putts.  I pretty much was not making anything unless it was a tap in.  So, today I finally made a few 5-6 footers.”
 
“The afternoon round on the front nine I made some good par-saves”, continued Pelletier.  “I gave myself a lot of opportunities and fortunately I finally made a few putts.”
 
Having won this championship last year, Pelletier was in familiar position heading into the final 36 holes.  He said, “I felt pretty confident.  I was knocking on the door all year; I came in 8th in the New England Amateur and again, I didn’t really make any putts.  I feel like I’m hitting it pretty good, so I was confident coming in knowing to just keep kind of playing the way I am and just make some putts.  It’s really all about putting and I finally made some.”
 
This is the first tournament in New Hampshire that Pelletier has competed in this season, but he has been near the top in the other championships he has played in around the region.  With his strong, consistent play, Pelletier has landed himself in the top 10 of mid-amateur golfers on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.  That position earned him an exemption in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship taking place next month in Colorado. 
 
This will be the first USGA event for Pelletier.  He is excited to compete and when asked what he is looking forward to most he said, “Just the experience; playing with all the best players in the country and the world.”
 
Pelletier may have stolen the show on the final day, but Taylor Simpson’s 72-hole total of seven-under par, 281 was some great golf.  In the third round he struggled a little on the front nine of the Jungle course with three bogeys and no birdies to back them up.  He ended up finishing that round at one-over par to open the door for Pelletier.  But he had some redemption in the last round, finishing at one-under par, but couldn’t quite catch Pelletier who was on a hot streak.  Simpson settled for second place this year.
 
Finishing in third place and slowing climbing the leaderboard is Harvin Groft (The Oaks GL) who closed out the tournament with 70-70 to finish up at three-under par, 285.  Groft’s setback happened in the second round when he shot four-over par, 76, but his opening round 69 and closing 70’s kept him among the top in this championship.
 
The Jungle course at Green Meadow Golf Club was an excellent test of golf for the top amateur players in the Granite State.  Playing at around 6,900 yards, the course was in great conditions, especially the greens.  The NHGA would like to thank Green Meadow GC for this hospitality throughout this tournament.
 
Complete Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2137817