ENFIELD, NH (September 7, 2016) -- Phil Pleat of Nashua Country Club has done it again—he won the New Hampshire Senior Amateur Championship, marking the fifth time he has won the Championship in the last six years. Pleat shot two even par rounds in the 36-hole event to win by a four shot margin. Following in behind was Bob Landry (Loudon Country Club) finishing the tournament at four-over par. With a slight hiccup on the par three, fifth hole where he made double bogey, Pleat’s round was solid and consistent. Talking about his round, Pleat stated, “I started off steady and then I made some mistakes on the tricky 5th hole.” Pleat continued to say, “I missed some makeable birdie putts and then I made two long ones on 10 and 11.” Holes 10 and 11 seemed to be the turning point of his round as he birdied both holes, which have consistently been some of the tougher holes on the course. Prior to those holes, round one leader Bill Everett started to find some bogeys piling up on his card—he carded a bogey on holes 8, 9, and 10, right when Pleat was beginning to settle in on his strong round. When it came down to it, it was going to be the player who avoided the bogeys that was going to win it. Pleat said, “I was fortunate that the guys I was playing with weren’t making a lot of birdies”. Being able to make par as often as he did was key to Pleat’s victory. Defending champion, Bob Mielcarz (Concord Country Club) climbed the leaderboard in the second round by firing two-under par, 70, after opening the tournament with a round at seven over par. Finishing tied for 3rd with Mielcarz was Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield Country Club) who shot 71. Mielcarz and Arvanitis were the only two under-par rounds in the second 18 holes of the tournament. Reflecting on the two days, Pleat commented, “It was a little ugly at times but I got the job done. It’s a tough golf course and I’m mentally drained after two days.”
ROUND ONE RECAP
Bill Everett (Laconia Country Club) fired three-under par in the first round of the Senior Championship being played at Montcalm Golf Club. Everett finished the day as the only player, out of 80 participants, to card an under-par round. Following close behind him at even-par, is four-time Senior Champion, Phil Pleat from Nashua Country Club. Everett recorded a near-perfect round, ending up with one bogey on his card and four birdies. With three birdies in his first six holes, Everett shot two-under, 34 on the front nine. Staying consistent, his back nine was made up of eight pars and one birdie that came on the 14th hole. Sitting on the lead going into the final 18 holes, Everett will look to capitalize on his strong showing in the first round. Pleat placed himself in second place with an even-par round after putting five birdies and five bogeys on the card. He birdied two of his last three holes which should provide a little momentum as his enters the final round. Defending champion, Bob Mielcarz found a little trouble on the course and finished his round at seven-over par, 79. Jim Cardoso (Sky Meadow Country Club) leads the Pre-Senior Division of the Senior Championship with five-over par, 77. Pete DesJardins (Atkinson Country Club) follows close behind at 79 and Joel Silverwatch (Windham Country Club) rounds out the top three of the Pre-Senior Division at 81. With Montcalm Golf Club playing at around 6,300 yards, it was a tough test for the field. Many players will be looking to use their knowledge from the first round to string together a low final round.The Senior Championship is a two-day, 36-hole individual stroke play event. This year the event is being played at Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield, NH.
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