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Martel Comes from Behind and Survives Playoff to Win
Author: Kate Kellar
August 10th 2016 - Concord, NH –  Day three of the Stroke Play Championship at Beaver Meadow Golf Course was full of excitement which included an hour and 43-minute weather delay, multiple players climbing the leaderboard, and a playoff.  Ultimately, Mike Martel of Nashua Country Club came out on top, defeating Damon Salo (Bretwood Golf Club) in a three-hole playoff.
 
Martel went out in the morning and shot an even-par 72 in his first 18 holes to maintain his position on the leaderboard.  Damon Salo, on the other hand, went out in the morning and fired a 7-under par, 65, that put him at the top of the leaderboard.  Martel then went on to card an astounding 10 birdies in his second 18 holes, with his tenth coming at the most important time, on his 72nd hole of the tournament to force a playoff with Damon Salo. 
 
On the back nine of his second 18 hole, Martel knew exactly where he stood.  He said, “I saw the leaderboard and thought I need to birdie the last three to have a chance.”  That is exactly what he accomplished. 
 
The playoff holes were determined to be the 10th hole and 18th hole in a loop until a winner was decided.  They each made par on 10 and moved to 18 where each made par again.  The third playoff hole decided it; Salo’s second shot went left, leaving him a tough shot, while Martel was in the bunker.  Unfortunately, Salo couldn’t make it work and ended up with bogey and Martel saved par to win the Championship.
 
Martel played an incredible final round; he says, “I’ve been hitting it pretty well and been putting it amazing.”  Although, he gave his Damon a lot of credit by saying, “Damon is steady, he’s very steady”.  He knew the playoff would be a challenge, especially going up against one of his best friends.
 
Ryan Tombs (Manchester Country Club) also climbed the leaderboard in a hurry but just ran out of time.  Tombs shot 66-69 on the final day which put him in third place for the tournament.  Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC) and Cam Salo (Bretwood Golf Club) also kept their status near the top by finishing T3 at 2-under par for the tournament.
 
Complete Results can be found here:
http://ghintpp.com/nhgolf/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=307
 
The NHGA Stroke Play Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event. Held over three days, players play 36-holes before a cut is made to the low 40 players and ties. Those making the cut will play 36-holes in the final round. The event debuted in the year 2000 and this is the first time that Beaver Meadow has hosted the Championship.
 
 

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