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Thresher Shows Consistancy, Lands at Top of Leaderboard After Second Round of New Hampshire Open

July 24th, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Goffstown, NH – After a breezy day at Stonebridge Country Club for the second round of the New Hampshire Open Championship presented by Xfinity, Jason Thresher (West Suffield, CT) played a solid round of golf to show his consistency and vault himself to the top of the leaderboard with a 66 (-6) for a two-day total of 134 (-10).  Thresher has a one-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes of play in this championship.
 
Thresher, who is no stranger to winning State Opens as he has claimed the Massachusetts Open victory for three-straight years, showed his talent on the golf course right away by making an eagle on his opening hole, the 490-yard par-5 1st hole.  While his front nine was consistent the entire way through, he added one more birdie on the 6th hole, making the turn at three under par.  He went on to add three more birdies in his last five holes to finish out his round at six under par, 66. 
 
With that, Thresher sits at the top of the leaderboard, a position he is very familiar with.  “It’s more of the same thing.  Out here, you have lots of wedges in hand and you have lots of birdie putts”, states Thresher when asked about his mindset heading into the final day.
 
With a score like that, many aspects of your game must be working well but, in particular, Thresher says, “I was hitting my irons really well.  I hit every green except the second hole and I had birdie putts on every hole.” 
 
Round one leader, Peter French (Franklin, MA) turned in a one over par, 73 in the second round, but with a very strong showing in his first round he sits in second place heading into the final round.  French was three over on his opening nine, Stonebridge’s back nine, but turned it around on the front nine of the golf course to finish at just one over par.  His two-day total is 135 (-9).
 
From the amateur side of the field, Pat Pelletier (Lebanon, NH) has a strong grasp of the low-amateur lead and also sits tied for third place in the overall field.  After firing a five under par, 67, Pelletier is nine strokes ahead of the remainder of the amateur field.  His second round did not include any bogeys, which was key to getting to five under par.
 
Though the rain held off for much of the day, the wind was strong out there at Stonebridge Country Club, causing some players to rethink their club choices in some situations.  Despite the wind, the course yielded many more under par scores and the cut to the final round ended up at +1 (145) with 40 golfers advancing on.
 
Round 1 and 2 Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/1553322
Round 3 Starting Times can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/1551969