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Simpson Soars to the Top, 68 Lands Him Atop Leaderboard Heading to Final Day of Stroke Play Championship

August 7th, 2019

Hudson, NH – As one of final golfers to finish up in the second round of the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship, Taylor Simpson (The Oaks GL) slides into the first-place position with a four under par, 68.  Simpson built upon his momentum from round one where he shot three under par, 69.  He now has the solo lead at seven under par over 36 holes.
 
Simpson started out the day in the pack of golfers chasing down Matt Paradis for that top spot on the leaderboard.  With birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes of the Jungle course at Green Meadow, he was already off to a strong start.  He followed those two birdies up with a bogey on the 5th hole but made the turn at one under par.  He was one under par on the back nine until the 18th hole where he recorded an eagle to take a jump up the leaderboard and finish the round at four under par. 
 
With everyone now set to keep their eyes on Simpson, as he has all the momentum, another player to keep an eye on is Sam Natti (The Maplewood GC).  Natti carded 69-69 over the opening two rounds of the championship to get himself into second place at six under par.  Listening to Natti talk after each round, he didn’t play what he would consider his best golf, but something had to be working both days.
 
After the round today Natti commented, “The shots that I hit off line, I did it in the right spots.  The holes that you have to get one in play, I did.  And when I hit shots well, I took advantage of it.”
 
“I limited my mistakes”, continueD Natti.  “I missed a couple of short putts, but I also had three or four up and downs that kind of kept things going a little bit.”
 
With 36 holes on the horizon for the final day, Natti’s game plan is simple.  He stated, “Make it through 36 holes.  It’s going to be a grind regardless of what the weather does.”
 
Not to be overlooked are Josh Farmer (Amherst CC) and Pat Pelletier (Hanover CC) who are two and three strokes behind Simpson, respectively.  Farmer’s first round 69 included one double bogey on the 1st hole, with five birdies and no other blemishes on the card.  For his second round, he again had five birdies on the card, but three bogeys kept him to two under, 70.  Pelletier also had a first round 69, but four birdies and three bogeys in the second round left him at one under par, 71.  As the defending champion, Pelletier is well-aware of what the final day brings and has the ability to record two low rounds back-to-back.
 
40 golfers are moving on to the final day of the Stroke Play Championship with the cut ending up at 15 over par.  With plenty of golf left to be played, anything can happen.  It will be a matter of who can make more birdies and avoid mistakes during a long day of golf.
 
The NHGA Stroke Play Championship is a 72-hole individual stroke play event. Held over three days, players play 36-holes before a cut is made to the low 40 players and ties. Those making the cut will play 36-holes in the final round. The event debuted in the year 2000 and has seen some of the best amateur golfers in the state take the title.
 
First & Second Round Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2137817
Third Round Tee Times can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2126467