Pandelena leads at New Hampshire State Amateur
14 Jul 2014
see also: New Hampshire Amateur Championship, Hanover Country Club

From the New Hampshire Golf Association

Goffstown, New Hampshire (July 14, 2014) -Nick Pandelena of Atkinson Resort & Country Club fired an impressive round of 6-under par 66 to take the first round lead at the New Hampshire State Amateur.

Pandelena had a pedestrian first nine carding 8 pars and a single birdie. But after a bogey at the 10th, Pandelena went on a tear. He birdied #11, #13, #15, and #17 and made eagle at the par-5 14th to get to 6-under. "I started slow, but played really well on the back," said Pandelena. The rising junior at Boston College said his ball striking was the key to his round. "I didn't miss many iron shots all day and that's the key out here."

Pandelena's round was just the beginning of what he hopes is a successful week. "I'm here to win. But there's a long way to go and there are a lot of really good players out here. I'm just trying to take it one day at a time." His game seems to be hitting its stride at the right time. "This is the best, most consistent golf I've played all year," he said.

Damon Salo of Bretwood GC is one shot back after firing a 5-under par round of 67. Salo had seven birdies against just two bogies to put himself in good shape heading into round two. Josh Chamberlain shot a 3-under par 69 and sits in third place. Defending champion Mike Martel shot a 1-under par 71.

All competitors will again play 18-holes of stroke play tomorrow before the field is cut to the low-64 players for the match play portion of the event.

ABOUT THE New Hampshire Amateur

Competition will be held at ten pre- qualifying sites and will be 18 holes at Stroke Play. The low qualifiers and ties from all the sites along with the players exempt from prequalifying, will be eligible for the 36-hole qualifying on the first two days of the tournament proper. Sixty-four players will begin match play the following day. Entries are open to males who are members in good standing of member NHGA Clubs who are legal residents of New Hampshire. An eligible non-resident can play in NHGA Championships if he has been a member in good standing of an NHGA member club for the last three complete golf seasons and has played a minimum of 25 rounds of golf at this club in each of the three seasons. A letter signed by the President of the member club must accompany his first entry, stating that the player complies with NHGA eligibility requirements.

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