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Lacasse-Paradis Come From Behind To Win Four Ball
Author: Kate Kellar
June 11th 2017 - Thornton, NH-  Matt Paradis and Josh Lacasse, both playing out of Concord Country Club, came from four shots back of the lead to win the Four Ball Championship in a two-hole playoff against James Pleat (Nashua CC) and John DeVito (Passaconaway CC). 
The Paradis-Lacasse side finished the tournament at 13-under par and 9-under on the second round alone.  Matt Paradis, who consistently finds himself at the top of NHGA tournament leaderboards, carded 8-under par on his own ball with Lacasse contributing with his consistency and a birdie on the second playoff hole to win the event.
Matt Paradis says, “It was the ultimate team effort, we both played pretty well yesterday.  Today we played a strategy all day.  We had him [Lacasse] tee of first, get it down the middle and get it in play and I would pretty much just take out driver.  He freed me up and allowed me to be aggressive.”
It wasn’t one particular hole in the second round that did it for them; the stretch of holes 4, 5 and 6 were important.  Lacasse states, “We got off to a mediocre start.  We knew one was a good opportunity to get a birdie and two was ‘hang on’ and three was ‘hang on’.  We knew if we got a birdie at 4 it would jump start us and then we got one at 5 and 6.”
While the duo played well in the first round, they started the day four shots back of the lead.  Paradis says, “We put a number in our head on the way here this morning; we said if we shoot 11-under we would be looking pretty good.  We got to 11-under on the 16th tee box, so we said any birdies from here on are bonus and we should be close.”
They eventually worked their way to 13-under par, but James Pleat and John DeVito had a similar round.  They finished at -9 as well after starting the day 4 shots back.  Pleat had two eagles and John had numerous birdies that helped the team.  Martel and Salo who began the day in the lead, came up just short.  They needed one more birdie to tie the leaders in the clubhouse and go to a playoff, but they just missed on 18 for birdie.
From the Net side, the team of Dave Metzger and Eric Stanely finished the tournament with a net score of 20-under par.  They won in a match of cards against the team of Tony Derepentigny and Jack McFarlin.  Metzger and Stanley remained consistent each day, shooting 62.
The Four Ball Championship is two-day, 36-hole best ball championship.  Teams of two take to Canterbury Woods Country Club and Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club to determine the top four ball team in the state.  The field is divided into a Gross and Net Divisions.
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