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Pelletier Seals the Deal and Wins Stroke Play Championship

August 2nd, 2018

Author: Kate Billings
Canterbury, NH – After two runner-up finishes in July, Pat Pelletier (Carter CC) takes home the victory in the 19th Stroke Play Championship being held at Canterbury Woods Country Club.  Pelletier finished the tournament at 15-under par, 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.  Beginning the day, conditions were tough as the wind was blowing for the first 18 holes which drove scores higher than usual.  Pelletier posted 73 (+1) 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 (Hooper GC) 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 (Concord CC) 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 2nd and 5th 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 par.
 
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.
 
Pelletier commented after claiming the victory saying, “This morning I didn’t really play that well but I kept it together.  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 thru six holes, inching his way closer but bogeys on the 8th and 10th holes hurt his progress.  Ultimately, he and Kohler tied for 2nd place in the tournament after finishing the 72 holes at 6-under par.  Ryan Tombs (Manchester CC) followed in behind for 4th 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 (Windham CC) faltered a bit with a 76 in the third round and 74 in the final round to sit him back at tied for 5th place with AJ Correia (Laconia CC) and Sam Natti (Profile Club).
 
The NHGA would like to thank Canterbury Woods Country Club for their hospitality throughout the Championship.  Despite the heavy rain that came in on Wednesday evening, the course was in pristine, championship condition.
 
Complete Results can be found here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1274884