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Thresher Closes Out New Hampshire Open Victory for First Time

July 25th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Goffstown, NH – After finishing just one shot off a playoff in the 2017 New Hampshire Open, Jason Thresher of West Suffield, Connecticut was not going to let that happen again this year.  With a five under par score (67) in the final round, Thresher was able to claim the New Hampshire Open presented by Xfinity title by two strokes with a three-day total of 201 (-15) at Stonebridge Country Club.
Thresher began the day with a one-shot lead over Peter French and knew he had many players to contend with in order to claim the title at the end of the day.  He started out making a quick birdie on the 1st hole and another on the 4th hole, but found a small fairway bunker off the tee on the 5th and was not able to recover, settling for bogey.
With a tap-in birdie on the 7th he gained one back but missed the green on his approach shot on the 8th hole causing another bogey.  Meanwhile, Chris Crawford (Bensalem, PA) was making a charge up the leaderboard in a hurry.  Crawford made five birdies on the front to make the turn with a one-shot lead and head to the challenging back nine with some confidence.
Realizing he had given up the lead to Crawford, Thresher turned it around on the back side making birdie on the 10th hole where many have struggled this week.  From there, he birdied the 12th hole and simultaneously Crawford bogeyed the 13th to give Thresher the lead back.  Playing the tight 14th hole conservatively, he made par on 14, 15 and 16.  Heading to the 17th hole, there was a three-way tie for first place between Thresher, Crawford and Pat Pelletier (Lebanon, NH) who had made a quick run up the leaderboard with four birdies on the back the nine.
Thresher hit his tee shot in an ideal location on 17 to get up to the green in two and make a two-putt birdie to get the lead heading to 18.  Up ahead of him, Pelletier finished out his round and posted -13 for the tournament while Crawford fell back two strokes with a double bogey on 18 after hitting his tee shot into the hazard.  While a one-shot lead was not all that comfortable, Thresher placed his tee shot perfectly in the fairway, hit the center of the green and drained his birdie putt to clinch the victory at -15.
Heading into the day and throughout the round Thresher had a similar mindset saying, “The whole entire day I felt like I needed to make a few birdies.  I was trying to get to 14 under all day long, I figured that would be a good number.”
Beginning on the 9th hole, he began checking up on the leaderboard after each hole, checking where he stood, knowing what he needed to do to win.  Following his birdie on the 17th, he knew he had a one-shot lead and while that didn’t make things easier for him, he said it was nice to know where he stood and certainly took some pressure off his birdie putt on the 18th to get the win by two.
Pelletier played consistently strong golf all three rounds to work his way up the leaderboard to grab the Runner-Up spot and the low amateur honors.  As one of two amateurs that made the cut to the final round, Pelletier ended up taking the low amateur title by 18 strokes over MacKenzie Nelson (Lexington, MA).
Pelletier is familiar with the position and mindset that the professionals are in with these tournaments as he was once a professional.  Recently getting his amateur status back, Pelletier has been competing in amateur tournaments across the State, including the New Hampshire Amateur Championship where he also finished runner-up.
When talking about the amateur mindset, Pelletier states, “It’s nice in my position because I can be aggressive, I don’t have to worry about if I make a bogey it’s costing me a couple thousand dollars.  Luckily today, I stayed pretty aggressive and made a few down the stretch and made Jason have to play solid the last couple of holes.”
Stonebridge Country Club was in great shape all week despite the rain that hit periodically the last few days.  Thresher is thrilled to be adding this New Hampshire Open title to his three Massachusetts Open titles that he has claimed the last three years.
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to Xfinity for their support of this championship for the past two years.  Also, thank you to Stonebridge Country Club for being gracious hosts and giving the competitors a fair, yet challenging golf course to play.
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