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State Am: Gillis grinds way to quarterfinals

By ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader

July 11. 2018 9:42PM




Brandon Gillis

Brandon Gillis does not think he played his best two rounds of golf at the 115th New Hampshire Amateur Championship Wednesday at Hanover Country Club. The Souhegan Woods Golf Club member performed well enough to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday, however.

Gillis earned a 1-up victory over Ryan Thorpe (Golf Club of New England) in the round of 32 and won by the same score against MacGregor Thompson (Breakfast Hill Golf Club) in the round of 16.

Gillis, of Nashua, recorded four bogeys against Thorpe but also secured birdies on holes No. 10 and 18. He also birdied 18 against MacGregor to secure his place in the quarterfinals against Ryan Brown of Manchester Country Club.

Gillis and Brown’s quarterfinal match Thursday has an 8:10 a.m. tee time.

“I didn’t feel like I had all my stuff in either match but what’s crucial in match-play tournaments is find a way to get it done, especially late in the match, and just trying to get to the next day,” Gillis said.

For Gillis to reach the tournament’s final round on Friday, he said he cannot doubt his approach.

“The key for me (Thursday) is trusting my process and routine going into every shot and being fully committed and just not trying to force anything,” Gillis said. “I feel like in match play when you force things, it doesn’t always work out for you.”

Joining Gillis and Brown in the quarterfinals are Matt Paradis and Fletcher Sokul, both of Concord Country Club, Ryan Tombs of Manchester CC, Nashua CC’s Tommy Ethier, Pat Pelletier of Carter CC and Windham Country Club’s Connor Greenleaf.

Pelletier and Greenleaf will begin their quarterfinal match at 8 a.m. while Ethier and Tombs have an 8:30 a.m. tee time.

Paradis, of Hooksett, said he and Sokul have been talking about potentially playing each other in the State Am for a few months now. They get that opportunity Thursday at 8:20 a.m.

“I know (Sokul) can hit the ball a little further than me but I just have to play my game like I have all week,” Paradis said.

Paradis defeated another familiar face on Wednesday to earn the chance to face Sokul. Paradis beat his Southern New Hampshire University teammate Garrett Olivar (Canterbury Woods CC), 5 and 3 in the round of 32 before earning a 1-up victory over David Larrivee (Manchester CC) in the afternoon round.

Against Olivar, Paradis recorded five birdies and just one bogey over 15 holes. Olivar did not birdie one hole in the match.

“It’s always a friendly battle,” Paradis said. “One of us had to go home unfortunately but I played good enough to stay.”

Paradis used that momentum to down Larrivee. He secured the round-of-16 win with a birdie on hole No. 18, which Larrivee bogeyed on.

“(Wednesday), I started off hitting the ball really well,” Paradis said. “It got me dialed in the rest of the day.”

ahall@unionleader.com


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