Leavitt, Salo to meet in N.H. Amateur championship match
From the New Hampshire Golf Association

Goffstown, N.H. (July 18, 2014) - Joe Leavitt and Damon Salo will play for the 111th New Hampshire Amateur Championship tomorrow at Stonebridge CC. Both endured two more rounds of match play today to earn a place in the 36-hole final.

Leavitt faced off against his good friend Nick Pandelena in his morning quarterfinal match. The match went to the 18th hole where Leavitt hit a key approach shot to earn a 2 up victory. In his semifinal match, his opponent was 2011 NH Amateur Champion Jim Cilley. Leavitt lost the first hole, but was in control from that point on. Errant shots on the par-3 13th and par-5 14th ultimately did Cilley in, and Leavitt cruised to a 5 & 4 victory.

Salo took on 2010 NH Amateur Champion Nick MacDonald in the quarterfinals. The match was all square headed to the 12th hole when Salo made his move. Consecutive birdies on #12 and #13 gave him a 2 up lead. After the duo halved #14 with pars, Salo made a par to MacDonald's bogey on the par-4 15th. Needing only to halve the 16th to win the match, Salo did just that with a par and captured a 3 & 2 victory.

Salo's semifinal opponent was against Matt Paradis who had run roughshod through the match play portion of the event. Paradis had won his previous matches 3 & 2, 6 & 5, 5 & 4, and 6 & 5. Salo took advantage of a couple of early Paradis mistakes to jump out to a 2 up lead through 6. It was a lead he wouldn't relinquish. After losing the 8th, he quickly won back 9th and also won the 11th to get to 3 up. From there he coasted to 2 & 1 victory.

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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