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Barrett’s latest title is NH Stroke Play champ

Staff Report
August 01. 2013 8:25PM
Chelso Barrett sinks his putt on the 14th hole, during the NHGA Stroke Play Championship, held at Green Meadow Golf Club, in Hudson, on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
2013 NHGA Stroke Play Championship
At Green Meadow Golf Club
Jungle Course, Hudson
6,940 yards; Par 72
Final Results, Thursday

Chelso Barrett, 74-65-68-70–277
Damon Salo, 71-69-69-71–280
Jake Nutter, 72-69-71-69–281
Ryan Tombs, 74-73-70-68-285
Connor Greenleaf, 74-68-73-70–285
Joe Toland, 69-74-67-75-285
Ryan Kohler, 72-71-72-73-288
Griffin Brown, 73-72-76-70-291
Josh Chamberlain, 71-72-75-74-292
Jeff Sullivan, 72-74-75-72-293
Jim Cilley, 75-73-72-73-293
Tyler Silver, 72-72-75-76-295
Craig Steckowych, 74-75-67-79-295
Alexander Correia, 74-73-76-73-296
Joe Leavitt, 71-77-73-75-296
Ian Landry, 72-75-74-75-296
John DeVito, 75-76-76-71-298
Fletcher Sokul, 76-75-76-71-298
C.J. Konkowski, 78-73-74-73-298
Sean Lacey, 77-74-72-75-298
Ryan Butler, 75-73-75-75-298
Andrew Jankowski, 73-76-73-76-298
Eric Soderman, 72-78-77-72-299
Dylan Cowette, 72-75-78-75-300
Michael Martel, 76-75-79-72-302
Nick Fairweather, 74-74-80-74-302
Dan Kokosa, 73-75-79-76-303
Ricky Bergevin, 77-75-74-77-303
Dan Kish, 76-74-82-72-304
Scott Underhill 74-74-79-77-304
Danny Arvanitis, 74-77-76-77-304
Austin Fox 78-74-79-74-305
Jon Malloy, 74-74-82-75-305
Cameron Salo 74-77-74-81-306
Alex von Svoboda, 78-74-78-77-307
Colin Barnea 78-71-78-80-307
Josh LaCasse 82-71-80-75-308
Jamin Somero, 77-76-81-76-310
David Kane, 75-77-83-76-311
Ethan Aube, 80-73-78-89-320

Before this summer, Keene’s Chelso Barrett already had won three New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships and two New Hampshire Golf Association junior titles, and had been runner-up in the U.S. Golf Association Junior Amateur.

Now the Texas Christian University-bound freshman has an NHGA men’s championship on his ever-expanding resume.

Playing out of Bretwood Golf Club in Keene, Barrett on Thursday closed out the three-day, 72-hole NHGA Stroke Play Championship with an 11-under-par total of 74-65-68-70-277 on the Jungle Course of the Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson,

In shooting 6-under for the final two rounds, Barrett fended off challenges from two of the state’s other top young golfers, Damon Salo of New Ipswich and the Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey (71-69-69-71-280), and Jake Nutter of Bedford and Manchester Country Club (72-69-71-69-281).

It’s been a productive summer for Barrett. He qualified for the United States Amateur Public Links Championship, though he dropped out after carding a second-round score of 7-over-par 77 at Lorton, Va., and recently won a sectional qualifier at the Vesper CC in Tyngsborough, Mass, to earn a berth in the U.S. Amateur, set to start Aug. 12 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. and the Charles River CC in Newton, Mass.

In the Stroke Play tournament, Barrett converted 40 pars, 19 birdies, 10 bogeys, one double bogey and two eagles.

During his 4-under 68 third round Thursday morning, he started on Hole 10 and converted two birdies on the backside. He went to 9-under for the tournament by sinking an eagle on Hole 3 and a birdie on Hole 9.

Salo, a member of the golf team at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, stayed within striking range, just two strokes off the pace after making birdies on Holes 6 and 9 to complete his morning round with a 3-under 69.

Salo took advantage of bogeys by Barrett on Holes 3 and 5 to forge into a tie at 10-under with nine holes to play. But Barrett regained the lead for good, making birdies on 10 and 13 while Salo bogeyed both and Hole 14 to fall five shots behind.

Barrett, a two-time NHGA Junior champion and 2011 USGA Junior Amateur finalist, finished 11-under for the tournament.

Nutter, who played at Florida Southern College in 2012 before transferring to the University of South Carolina-Aiken, made some noise in the last round with five birdie putts. But bogeys on Holes 14 and 16 cost him a chance of catching Salo for second place.

Tied for fourth place at 285, eight shots behind Barrett, were Ryan Tombs of Manchester, Connor Greenleaf of Windham and first-round leader Joe Toland of Hanover.

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