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Pleat Secures Second Consecutive New England Senior Title
Author: Kate Kellar
September 14th 2017 - Wethersfield, CT –  Phil Pleat of Nashua Country Club is continuing to make his mark on New England golf by defending his title at the New England Senior Championship, held this year at Wethersfield Country Club in Connecticut.  Finishing the 36-hole tournament at two under par, Pleat was able to win by a three-stroke margin.
In his opening round of the Championship, Pleat shot a one-under par, 70 which was good enough to put him into the final pairing with Joe Walker (MA) and fellow New Hampshire golfer, Mike Blair for the final day.  Pleat’s second 18 holes had a few bumps early and late, but he made four birdies in a seven hole stretch in the middle to keep himself at the top of the leaderboard.  With three bogeys and one birdie in his closing three holes, he still managed one under par for the round and two under for the tournament to grab the victory.
Making this his second-straight New England title, Pleat won in 2016 at Crestwood Country Club with a total of five under par, just one stroke ahead of second place.  Pleat adds this win alongside his 19 New Hampshire Golf Association victories which include three State Amateurs, eight Mid-Amateurs, three Stroke Plays, and five Senior Championships.  His accomplishments don’t stop in New England, he was also Runner-Up at the 2011 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and has competed in six U.S. Amateur Championships.
Pleat wasn’t the only New Hampshire golfer to have a strong showing at the New England Senior.  Mike Blair (Bretwood GC) and Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth CC) were among the top 5 competitors on the final leaderboard.  Blair finished out his run at just one over par (70-73), tied for second with Joe Walker from Massachusetts and Steckowych finished tied for fourth place with Robert Murphy of Connecticut at three over par (75-70). 
The race for the New Hampshire Golf Association Senior Player of the Year continues next week at North Conway Country Club for the New Hampshire Senior Championship.  Pleat will be looking to defend his title at this Championship as well as earn the Senior Player of the Year title for the sixth time.
Complete New England Senior Championship Results can be found here:

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