State Am Notebook: Paradis wins Ty Abate Award, says 68 'could have been lower'
Matthew Paradis of Derryfield Country Club follows his shot after teeing off in the 2014 State Amateur Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Paradis, who graduated from Manchester Central High School this year, is representing Manchester’s Derryfield Country Club. He’s also a member at Concord Country Club.
This is the third time Paradis has competed in the State Am. He also qualified for match play in 2012 and in 2013. He reached the Round of 16 in last year’s tournament.
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THE seven past champions in this year’s field all qualified for match play. That group features Dan Arvanitis of Derryfield Country Club (2001), Craig Steckowych of Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland (1990, 1998), Nick MacDonald of Hanover Country Club (2010), Jim Cilley of Pembroke Pines Country Club (2011), Joe Leavitt of Atkinson Resort & Country Club (2012) and Phil Pleat of Nashua Country Club (1981, 1985, 1997).
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Former University of New Hampshire goaltender Ty Conklin was among those who failed to make the cut. Conklin, who lives in New Castle, finished with a two-day total of 171 (82-89). Although he gets his handicap at Breakfast Hill Golf Course in Greenland, Conklin said he plays most of his golf in Maine.