State Am: Paradis, Tombs rally to advanceBy JOE DUBALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 10. 2018 8:59PM
A lot went as planned when it came to higher seeds advancing in Tuesday’s first round of match play at the 115th New Hampshire Amateur Championship at Hanover Country Club. However, some top players squirmed and hassled before moving on to Wednesday, where the field will drop from 32 competitors to eight after two rounds of match play beginning at 8 a.m.
While stroke play medalist and No. 1 seed Pat Pelletier advanced with relative ease in a 2-and-1 win over Bill Everett, No. 2 seed Matt Paradis and No. 3 seed Ryan Tombs each labored in order to reach the next round.
Paradis defeated Tim Baines in 20 holes while Tombs was 2-down to Nashua CC’s Rob Zimmerman after 10 holes before coming on strong late to earn a 3-and-2 triumph. Tuesday was especially rough on Paradis, who tied Baines on the 18th hole of the match before finally taking the win on a second playoff hole.
“I wasn’t hitting it as good today as I did the last two days and Tim was putting up a heck of a fight,” Paradis said. “He was staying consistent and keeping it in play while I made a few bogeys and early mistakes that allowed him to have a lead all day.”
Baines, the 63rd seed out of Intervale Country Club in Manchester, birdied the first hole of the day and led from there until the 18th hole.
Paradis, a Hooksett resident playing out of Concord Country Club, went 1-down after a bogey on No. 17, which meant he needed an eagle or birdie on the par-4 18th to force a playoff.
Paradis said he got lucky on a bad drive and poor execution out of a greenside bunker to set up dueling birdie putts to decide his fate.
“I had a 20-footer and he was sitting at 15 feet,” Paradis said. “I knew I had to make it to force a playoff so I just kind of grinded over it and willed it in before he missed his.”
The birdie on No. 18, which was the only one Paradis had all day, turned Paradis’ confidence and allowed him to close out Baines in short order.
“Tim had been feeling pretty good all day and putting pressure on him (on No. 18) like that was huge,” Paradis said. “After he missed, I had a pretty good feeling I could finish it.”
Paradis lipped a birdie on the first playoff hole to keep things going, but Baines found the hazard on the next extra hole, which allowed Paradis to clinch the match with a par.
All but two of the top 20 seeds advanced to today’s rounds while there were 10 upsets overall. The biggest surprises were 52nd-seeded Ryan Friel and 50th-seeded David Larrivee sneaking through as the highest remaining seeds in the field. Friel, of The Overlook Golf Club in Hollis, downed 13th-seeded Nate Choukas on his home course with a 1-up win. Larrivee, of Manchester Country Club, put away 15th-seeded Bill Vielleux in 20 holes.
Paradis and Larivee were among seven players to win in extra holes. Notable among those playoff winners is three-time State Am champion Phil Pleat, who came away victorious over Jeff Monahan in 19 holes. Ryan Thorpe, Tom Hixon, Fletcher Sokul and Tommy Ethier rounded out the playoff winners.
New Hampshire Amateur Championship
At Hanover CC
Round of 64 results
Pat Pelletier def. Bill Everett, 2 & 1
Jake Hollander def. Phin Choukas, 2-up
Ryan Cowette def. Derek Mahoney, 2 &1
Ryan Kohler def. Eric Byrne, 4 & 2
Connor Greenleaf def. Eric Aguiar, 3 & 1
Tom Hixon def. Will Hartigan, 20 holes
Jack Brown def. Keeton Foster, 1-up
James Kinnunen def. Eric Evans, 2-up
Brandon Gillis def. Matt Keane, 2-up
Ryan Thorpe def. John Duarte, 19 holes
Ryan Friel def. Nate Choukas, 1 up
MacGregor Thompson def. Sam Natti, 2 & 1
Ryan Brown def. David Kane, 5 & 4
Drew Jankowski def. Austin Fox, 3 & 2
Dan Arvanitis def. AJ Correia, 3 & 2
Andy Hunnewell d. Josh Chamberlain, 5 & 4
Matt Paradis def. Tim Baines, 20 holes
Garret Olivar def. Brett Wilson, 1-up
David Larrivee def. Bill Vielleux, 20 holes
Justin Grondahl def. Scott Peters, 1-up
Ryan Quinn def. Ryan Sylvester, 6 & 4
Phil Pleat def. Jeff Monahan, 19 holes
Fletcher Sokul d. Taylor Simpson, 20 holes
Brennan Hughes def. Cam Salo, 1-up
Ryan Tombs def. Rob Zimmerman, 3 & 2
John Devito def. Scott Doughty, 3 & 2
Jim Cilley def. Jack Nadeau 4 & 2
Richard Moreau def. Jared Lamothe, 2 & 1
James Pleat def. Marshall Halpin, 2-up
Sam Barton def. Ryerson Stinson, 3 & 2
Tommy Ethier def. Alec Brunelle, 19 holes
Jamie Ferullo def. Harvin Groft, 4 & 3