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It's all in the family for the Landrys at State Am

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 16. 2014 8:23PM

Phil Pleat of Nashua Country Club lines up a putt while his son, James, who was caddying for him, looks on during the State Amateur Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown on Wednesday. The younger Pleat is also competing in the tournament. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

GOFFSTOWN — Perhaps, Bob Landry said with a laugh, he should not have given his son, Ian, tips on his golf swing on Tuesday night.

The tips may have helped Ian, 23, knock off Connor Greenleaf of Windham in the first round of the 111th New Hampshire State Amateur Golf Championship on Wednesday at Stonebridge Country Cub, but they may come back to bite Bob, 52, as well.

The Landrys meet in a rare father-son faceoff in the Round of 32 Thursday morning at Stonebridge.

“The only good thing is, one of us will be playing Thursday afternoon,” Ian said. “It’s too bad we’re not meeting later in the week.”

The Landrys plan to have fun with the matchup and the family-affair takes on an added dimension with Karen Landry — wife to Bob and mother to Ian — caddying for her husband.

She has no favorite in the match, she said.

“One of them will go on, but they’ll both have to earn it,” Karen said. “It will be fun.”

The Landry wins were highlights of the first day of match play that also featured defending champion Mike Martel and most of the top seeds, including medalist Ryan Kohler and teenaged runnerup Matt Paradis of Hooksett, advancing and a short morning rain delay.

Paradis, 18, plays out of the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester and Concord Country Club and struggled a bit early in his match against Tommy Ethier out of Nashua Country Club.

Parasis three-putted two of the first three holes and was down two, battled back to get even and then won holes No. 12, 13 and 14 to take charge and win the match 3 and 2.

He takes on Ryan Tombs of Bedford, who plays out of Manchester Country Club, in the second round today. The two met in the third round last year.

“He’s a good buddy of mine and beat me 3 and 2 last year,” Paradis said. “He’s 1-0 against me in match play. Hopefully I get some redemption.”

Nick Pandelena, 20 and out of Atkinson and Atkinson Resort & Country Club, won his match 1-up against Mike Blair, out of Bretwood in Keene, in his first time back in the State Am since 2010.

Pandelena faces one of his buddies today as well when he takes on Nick Fairweather, out of Windham Country Club. Pandelena will be a junior on the Boston College golf team and Fairweather plays at the University of Rhode Island.

Defending champion Martel, who plays out of Bretwood in Keene, and fellow former champs Joe Leavitt (2012), Jim Cilley (2011), Nick MacDonald (2010), Dan Arvanitis (2001) and Phil Pleat (1981, 1985 and 1997) all advanced to the Round of 32.

Craig Steckowych, who won the championship in 1990 and 1999, lost to Kurt Eddins out of Exeter Country Club, 4 and 3.

Two of the past winners — Leavitt and Pleat — play in the Round of 32.

Pleat and his son, James, both play out of Nashua Country Club and James also won his match on Tuesday.

The Pleats have never met in match play at the State Am — they would only meet this year if each advanced to the championship — and told Bob Landry they have never really come that close to squaring off.

Arvanitis said he and his son, Matt, were on a collision course to meet late in the tournament when he won in 2001, but Matt came up a match or two short.

“That was my worst fear,” Dan said. “It would have been neat after it was over, but before that ... We played in a lot of the same tournaments in medal play, but match play is a different animal. It becomes more personal.”

The Landrys get a chance to see just how personal it gets Thursday morning.

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