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Penultimate Day Paves Way for Pelletier and Paradis Final Match

July 12th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Hanover, NH – In a day of the Quarterfinals and Semifinals of the New Hampshire Amateur Championship presented by Audi of Nashua at Hanover Country Club, the top two seeds prevailed.  Pat Pelletier (Carter CC) and Matt Paradis (Concord CC) are set to square off in the final match.
Pelletier started his day with a tough opponent, Connor Greenleaf (Windham CC) who was in the winning spotlight in the 2015 New Hampshire Amateur.  Greenleaf took Pelletier to the 18th hole in their quarterfinal match but needed to win the hole to advance the match; Pelletier defeated him 1up. 
In his semifinal match up, he took on Brandon Gillis (Souhegan Woods GC) who had an early-ending match in the quarterfinals after beating Ryan Brown (Manchester CC) 4 & 3.  Gillis got down in the match on their first hole with a bogey and lost the 6th hole with a bogey but won the 7th and 9th holes to get back to All Square.  Pelletier came up with a birdie on the par-4, 11th and 13th and Gillis couldn’t respond.  The match ended on the 17th hole where they halved it with birdies; Pelletier won 2 & 1.
Through his route to the State Amateur finals, Pelletier has had four of the five opponent take him to the 17th or 18th hole of the golf course.  When asked about his energy level heading into a 36-hole final match, Pelletier stated, “I’d say I’m a little tired right now.  It’s mentally a little exhausting, especially going to 17 and 18 every day.”
Paradis had an easier road in the morning as he defeated fellow Concord Country Club member, Fletch Sokul 6 & 5.  His semifinal match was trickier as he faced Tommy Ethier (Nashua CC) who was fresh off a victory over Ryan Tombs (Manchester CC) in 19 holes.  Despite the close match between Paradis and Ethier, it ended on the 17th after Ethier hit his approach shot into the hazard on the left side of the hole.  Paradis won it 2 & 1.
This is the third-straight year Paradis is advancing on to the final match of New Hampshire Amateur Championship.  He faced 2016 champion Chris Houston and 2017 champion Mike Martel in the previous two appearances in the final match.
There seems to be something about match play that works for Paradis.  When asked about it, he commented saying, “I think it’s my competitive drive and being able to see what the other guy does every hole and grind over every shot.  Out here it just kind of keeps me focused all day, keeps me dialed into the zone.  I love this type of play.”
Heading into the week, most players have a goal in mind and for Paradis he said, “My goal for this week was to just make it back to the finals again, to give myself another chance.”
The 36-hole final match is slated to begin at 8AM on Friday, July 13th.
The Match Play Bracket can be found here: