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Sheedy Soars to Top of Stroke Play Leaderboard with Four-Under Par Second Round

August 11th, 2021

Keene, NH – Beginning and ending his round with birdies propelled Cam Sheedy up the leaderboard following the second round of the Stroke Play Championship being held at Keene Country Club.  Sheedy now leads the tournament after 36 holes of play as he fired a four-under par, 68 to work his way to the top and sit at even-par for the championship.  Round one leaders, Mike Blair and Craig Steckowych sit just one and two strokes behind Sheedy, respectively, with Jim Cilley also in the mix, two shots back of Sheedy.
Sheedy’s two rounds of the tournament were quite different from each other.  In the opening round, Sheedy found himself making some big numbers, including a triple bogey and three double bogeys.  Admittedly, Sheedy commented that those high scores really took away from four birdies and one eagle he also had in the round.  Sheedy ended his first round at four-over par, 76, and five shots back of the two leaders.
“Going into today, I picked up on some of the mistakes I made yesterday”, stated Sheedy.  “There were a lot of holes that can sneak up on you.  I just kept the same game plan, but I knew where not to miss, no laying up and no leaving putts short.”
For his second round, he did learn from his mistakes in round one and turned it around completely.  He began the day with a birdie, giving himself more confidence going into the rest of the round.  At the turn, he was even-par on the day with one additional birdie and two bogeys.  His back nine is where he turned on the jets.  Instead of being five-over par on just the 13th and 14th holes at Keene, he was one-under for those two holes.  His back nine consisted of an impressive five birdies and one bogey, finishing the day at four-under par, 68.
Now with two rounds under his belt at Keene Country Club, he plans to keep the momentum going into the final round.  He said, “I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.  I don’t plan on taking my foot of the gas.”
The players in contention will have to match what Sheedy displayed in the second round to keep up in the final round.  Mike Blair now sits in second place after a second round 74 (+2) and is one shot back of Sheedy.  For today’s round, Blair did not have quite the front nine that he had in the first round, but still made the turn at even-par, but the back nine gave him more trouble.  He made four bogeys and two birdies on the back nine to end his round at two-over par, 74.
Craig Steckowych, the other round one leader, slipped to two shots back of the lead after a three-over par, 75 in the second round.  With a lone double bogey on the 8th hole at Keene, Steckowych made the turn at two-over par.  He made two bogeys and one birdie on the back nine to end the day with a 75 and two-shots back of Sheedy heading to the final round.
Another player to keep an eye on with the final round in sight is Jim Cilley who played another consistent round carding a 73 (+1) to be at two-over par for the competition.
“I feel like I played so much worse today, but I made more putts”, commented Cilley following his round.  “I didn’t hit the ball well off the tee at all.”
With a new driver in the bag, Cilley feels that while he shot the same score in round one and round two, he didn’t play as well as he did in the first round.  He still managed to get the job done to be in a good position heading to the final round.  He made just three bogeys and two birdies throughout today’s 18 holes, including a birdie on the closing hole to give himself more confidence with 18 holes left to play.
Cilley would love to be able to claim this year’s Stroke Play title but knows it won’t come easy.  He said, “I think I need to shoot something in the 60’s tomorrow to win.  I think I need to play better than I did and hit the ball better off the tee.  If the putter stays hot, I can get myself on the greens and give myself reasonable looks, then I feel pretty good about it.”
The putter was one of the aspects of his game that worked for him in the second round, draining the necessary putts to keep himself in contention.  He now looks to keep Sheedy in his sights for the final round and make a few more birdie putts to try and get his name to the top of the leaderboard.
The New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship is a 54-hole championship over the course of three days.  This year the tournament is being held at Keene Country Club which plays to about 6,400 yards.  Despite the massive amounts of rain and storm damage the course has seen in the last month, the course is in great condition for this championship event.
Round 1 & 2 Results > CLICK HERE
Round 3 Pairings & Tee Times > CLICK HERE