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Blair Strings Together Two Solid Matches to Advance in Senior Match Play
Author: Kate Kellar
May 16th 2017 - Greenland, NH –  With the second day of the Senior Match Play at Breakfast Hill Golf Club in the books, top seniors advance to the final day, including Mike Blair (Bretwood GC), Bill Everett (Laconia CC) and Bob Mielcarz (Concord CC).  Morning matches seemed to be a breeze for most and closer contests occurred in the afternoon. 
 
In the morning, with the exception of one match, most matches finished well before the 18th hole with Bill Everett defeating Kevin Williams (Abenaqui CC) 7 & 6, Bob Mielcarz defeated Robert Kalinowski (Cochecho CC) 7 & 5 and Danny Arvanitis (Derryfield CC) defeated Thomas Kelley 8 & 6.  On the other end of the spectrum, John Esterbrook (Crotched Mt. GC) and Jack Benson (Den Brae GC) took their match into five extra holes with Benson finally sealing the deal to advance to the afternoon matches.  The excitement from the morning came from Mike Blair who won the fourth hole of his match against Kevin Doherty (Manchester CC) with a hole-in-one, the first of his golf career.
 
The First Flight Championship match took place in the afternoon between Allen Pattee (Souhegan Woods GC) and William Monza (Farmington CC).  Pattee came out on top in the match, handily defeating Monza 5 & 4.  Mielcarz, an expert in the art of match play, will be advancing to the semifinals by defeating Bob Landry 3 & 2.  Mielcarz will face Mike Blair in the semifinals; Blair defeated Arvanitis in their quarterfinal match 5 & 4.  Bill Everett will face David Kane (Derryfield CC) in the semifinals after Kane sent Bo Harris (Concord CC) home in a 3 & 2 victory.
 
The semifinal matches for the Championship flight will take place Wednesday morning and the championship match will be contested Wednesday afternoon.
 
In its second year, the Senior Match Play Championship mirrors the format of the NHGA Junior Championship.  Competitors ages 55 and over play 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine their seed and flight for the match play rounds beginning Tuesday.  The top 16 players are placed into the Championship Flight with the next 8 players being placed into the First Flight.
 
Match Play Brackets and Tee Times can be found here:
https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/986606
 
 

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