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Atkinson's Pandelena is second at NE Am

Consistency paid off nicely for Nicholas Pandelena of Atkinson.

Pandelena shot two-over-par for 36 holes Thursday and landed in second place with an overall three-under-par 281 in the 72-hole 85th New England Amateur Golf Championship at the Winchester (Mass.) Country Club.

Pandelena, who captured low amateur honors in the New Hampshire Open last summer, was in second place throughout the three-day tournament.

He trailed leader John Gratton of Dedham, Mass. by a stroke after carding a four-under 71 round Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he fell two strokes behind Gratton after shooting a one-under 70.

On Thursday, as Gratton completely fell apart after shooting 17-over-par in 36 holes and dropped to 28th, Pandelena stayed consistent and sharp. Overall in 72 holes, Pandelena made 41 pars, 16 birdies, 13 bogeys, one double bogey and one eagle, which came on the par-five, 12th hole during his final round.

The eagle actually helped Pandelena erase a two-over par score on the front nine as he ended up even-par 71 heading into the clubhouse.

That, coupled with his two-over round earlier Thursday, allowed him to remain in contention for the title.

As it turned out, John Vanderlaan of New Haven, Conn. beat Pandelena by three strokes, finishing six-under for the tournament. Vanderlaan started the last day six shots behind Gratton and four behind Pandelena.

Current NHGA State Amateur champion Joe Leavitt of Atkinson ended up in a five-way tie for 16th place with an overall 288 four-over-par score. He was two-over in his final 36 holes at 74-70—144.

Makenzie Denver of Derryfield Country Club of Manchester ended in a three-way tie for 30th place with a final 295 tally. The Manchester Memorial graduate, who is now attending Skidmore College of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he will enter his junior season on the golf team, finished the tournament 11-over-par.

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