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Senior and Mid-Amateur Match Play Champions Crowned

September 22nd, 2021

Stratham, NH- On a cool NH Seacoast morning, the finals of the Mid-Amateur and Senior Match Play Championships got underway at The Golf Club of New England.

In the Mid-Am division it was the number one seed, Phil Moore of Canterbury Woods CC, versus the number seven seed, Rick Dichard of Souhegan Woods GC facing off. Dichard was able to grab the victory winning the well fought match, 3&1.
Rick had to win three other matches at different courses around New Hampshire to get to the finals at GCNE, beating out higher seeds on the way.

The final match today went back in forth on the front nine with each player giving and taking holes. Dichard, however, got off to a strong start and stated “I won three holes in a row, and that kind of let me take the lead. I was getting in good shots and making pars but got a bad break on the 7th hole by hitting it in the bunker, and then three putted the 8th.”

As Dichard was going up against a number one seeded player, he knew the match would be a battle until the end. “Going into the 10th hole was one of the turning points in the match for me,” stated Dichard after the match. “I had just missed a five-footer, and he missed his putt to keep me 1UP. I then birdied the next two holes. This is what got me comfortable in the match.”

Rick kept that momentum up throughout the rest of the match, but Moore would not give up so easily. “It went to the 17th, which is a great hole. I am really happy with the way I played over all with my ball striking and I did what I needed to do. That’s what you have to do in match play,” Dichard concluded.

In the Senior division, the final match was the number one seed, Craig Steckowych of Portsmouth CC, versus the thirteenth seed, Bill Everett of Laconia CC.  Steckowych was able to take the match with a result of 3&1, making this his fourth straight Match Play Championship win.

Craig Steckowych was able to get an early start over Everett in the match, leading the match the entire front nine. The match headed to the back nine with Steckowych being five up. Everett, having played Steckowych in the same final match last year, knew he would have to start winning some holes in order to continue the match.

Once the players reached the 13th hole, Everett started making his move and won a couple of holes in a row to make the match a close one. Everett took the match all the way to the 17th hole, and simply ran out of time, allowing Steckowych to claim his victory 3&1.

The NHGA would like to thank the Golf Club of New England, and all of the clubs that hosted a round of the Mid-Amateur and Senior Match Play Championships this season.
 
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