NH golfers make mark at NH Open
Jim Cilley of Penacook, left, shakes hands with Joe Leavitt of Atkinson after they finished their round during the New Hampshire Open at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Pandelena, 19, started his round scorching the Stonebridge Country Club course, converting six birdies through the first seven holes. Yet after finishing his round five-under and ending up seven-under overall as the low amateur winner of the New Hampshire Open, he was still pondering the three pars he made on the front nine.
Maybe he had good reason to review those makeable birdies because he ended up in a four-way tie for second place (70-67-137), just four shots behind winner Jesse Larson (68-65-133) of Mendon, Vt.
After making the turn with a stellar six-under 29 score, Pandelena parred every hole on the backside but the 14th, where he settled for a bogey.
Standing at 6-foot-4, you might guess he was a great all-around basketball player in high school. But it would turn out to be a wrong guess.
"My senior year we lost to BC High in the semifinals, but I did score a goal in my last game," he said. "It would have been nice to win it all, but scoring that goal was a good way to close out my career."
"I've won two (low) amateur titles in this tournament, the first one in 2009 when I was 15 years old and last year," said Leavitt (72-70-142) who ended two-under in an 18th place tie.
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