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Pleat Positioned at Top Again in New Hampshire Senior Championship

September 26th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Laconia, NH –  With the opening round of the New Hampshire Senior Championship at Laconia Country Club complete, defending champion Phil Pleat (Nashua CC) has the lead at -1 (71).  Four players trail Pleat by one stroke – Bill Everett (Laconia CC), Mike Blair (Bretwood GC), Rich Parker (Hanover CC), and Andy Hunnewell (Carter CC).  These four players look to chase down the six-time New Hampshire Senior champion in the final round.
Pleat, who is no stranger to leading golf tournaments and winning golf tournaments, seemed to feel right at home at Laconia CC as he carded his 71.  Beginning the day on the back nine, he bogeyed the par-4 11th hole but went on to add two birdies on that same nine to make the turn at one under par.  Without a blemish, Pleat kept his score to one under with nine pars on Laconia’s front nine to ultimately make 12-straight pars in his round.
Following the round Pleat said, “I pretty much kept it in front of me and no real big mistakes which I was trying to do, I was coming off a poor round last week in the New England Seniors so I wanted to get my game back in shape a little so it’s a pleasant surprise”
With fond memories of this golf course, Pleat explained that he won his first State Amateur title there in 1981 and his first Mid-Amateur title there the same year his son James was born, 1990.  He says, “It’s kind of a special place for me.”  Although the course has changed a bit since then, he says he still enjoys playing Laconia CC.
There are eight players within three shots of the lead, so Pleat will need another solid round if he wants to claim a seventh victory in this tournament.  One of the players right behind him is Bill Everett who has home course advantage this year.  Everett also started his round on the back nine and came out firing on his opening nine making two birdies and no bogeys to sit at two under par.  With two three-putts on Laconia’s front nine that caused two bogeys, Everett finished his round at even par.
Playing your home course will always be an advantage for golfers.  Everett also stated, “I was hitting good iron shots and my putter was good.  I didn’t make any long putts, but I kept the ball rolling right for the hole.”
Despite the nearly two inches of rain the previous day, Laconia Country Club is in great condition.  Playing at about 6,200 yards, the course may have been a little longer and more challenging due to the rainy weather leading up to the tournament.  Players will return for one more round to determine the 2018 New Hampshire Senior Champion.
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