After close calls, Pelletier gets the W at N.H. Stroke Play
Pat Pelletier (NHGA photo)
Pat Pelletier (NHGA photo)

Canterbury, N.H. (Aug. 2, 2018) – After two runner-up finishes in July, Pat Pelletier took home the victory in the 19th Stroke Play Championship at Canterbury Woods Country Club. Pelletier finished the tournament at 15-under, at least nine strokes better than the remainder of the field, to claim his second Stroke Play Championship win.

After leading the tournament the previous two days, Pelletier entered the final day knowing there was still a lot of golf to be played. At the beginning of the day, conditions were tough as the wind was blowing for the first 18 holes which drove scores higher than usual. Pelletier posted 1-over 73 for the first 18 of the day and luckily for him, all other scores were in similar range. The next closest competitor was Ryan Kohler who was six shots back heading into the final round.

Pelletier knew his closest competition was in the group ahead of him in the last round, Matt Paradis and Ryan Kohler. Either one could have made a run with a number of birdies, so putting up a few birdies to make them have to go very low was important. On the front nine, he birdied the second and fifth holes of the golf course and managed par the rest of the way. Heading to the back, he made bogey on 10, his only bogey of the round, by hitting his tee shot into the trees on the left side, forcing him to punch out. Maintaining his lead the entire way, he had a tap-in eagle putt on the 16th to solidify the victory, putting him at 15 under.

July was a tough month for Pelletier, he played in the New Hampshire Amateur Championship, finishing runner-up to Matt Paradis and competed in the New Hampshire Open, finishing runner-up once again, this time to Jason Thresher who is a very strong professional golfer from Connecticut. While he finished runner-up both times, Pelletier’s game has been right there and he had his eyes on the Stroke Play Championship.

“This morning I didn’t really play that well but I kept it together,” Pelletier. “No one else went really that low so this afternoon I had the mindset to try and go a couple under and make someone go crazy low to beat me and luckily I came out on top.”

Up ahead of Pelletier in the final round, Paradis was 4 under through six holes, inching his way closer but bogeys on the eighth and 10th holes hurt his progress. Ultimately, he and Kohler tied for second place in the tournament after finishing the 72 holes at 6 under. Ryan Tombs followed in behind for fourth place after firing 2 under in the final round of play.

Despite his strong play in the opening two rounds of the tournament to land himself in second place going into the final day, Connor Greenleaf faltered a bit with a 76 in the third round and 74 in the final round to sit him back at tied for fifth place with A.J. Correia and Sam Natti.

ABOUT THE New Hampshire Stroke Play

Tournament is 72 holes stroke play, 18 holes for each of the first two days; field will be cut to low 40 plus ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead after 36 holes. Entries are open to male members in good standing of member NHGA clubs who are legal residents of New Hampshire.

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