HANOVER Country Club’s Pat Pelletier has never played in a USGA event, but that will soon change. Pelletier has exempt status for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which will be held Sept. 14-19 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., and CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to any amateur golfer who is at least 25 as of Sept. 14 and whose handicap index does not exceed 3.4. The low 64 scorers following two rounds of stroke play will qualify for match play.
Pelletier, who lives in Lebanon, is exempt because of his World Amateur Golf Ranking.
“I’m definitely going,” Pelletier said after he won last week’s New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship by six shots. “My goal, honestly, is just to make match play. The courses look hard. They look nice, but hard. If I can shoot two rounds right around par … I think even will give me a chance to get in. I don’t think you have to shoot that low to be a 64 seed.”
Pelletier was named the Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year when he played golf for Southern New Hampshire University (2006-07), but transferred to the University of Rhode Island for his final three seasons.
“Once you make match play anything can happen,” Pelletier said. “When I was at Rhode Island we were lucky enough to play a great schedule and we played against a lot of guys I see on tour now. It’s not like it scares me to play against good players. I enjoy playing with good players. You just kind of feed off each other when you play with good players.”
Winning the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association’s Amateur Championship last week wasn’t the end of Lauren Thibodeau‘s summer, but it was close. Thibodeau, a Hampstead resident who posted a nine-stroke victory in the Women’s Am with a three-day total of 210 (6 under par), will leave for her sophomore season with the University of Louisville golf team on Wednesday. Practice begins a week from today.
Thibodeau played in eight tournaments for Louisville last season. Her 74.91 scoring average in those tournaments is the fourth lowest by a Louisville freshman. She had three rounds in the 60s, which is tied for the most by a freshman in the program’s history.
“I might have surprised the coaches a little bit because I don’t think they were expecting me to be really good right off the bat,” Thibodeau said. “I shot three rounds in the 60s and five rounds below par in tournaments. Based on scoring average I ended up being ranked third on the team. That was pretty good.
“I didn’t have any expectations. I just went out and played my game. It was a really good fall. The spring wasn’t as good, but I still got to play in a couple tournaments and I did relatively well for a freshman I guess I would say.”
Thibodeau will be playing for a new head coach this year. Courtney Trimble resigned following the 2018-19 season and assistant coach Whitney Young was promoted to head coach. The Cardinals won a conference championship and made five-consecutive trips to the NCAA regional championships in Trimble’s six seasons as head coach.
“We should be a pretty strong team, so we’re excited,” Thibodeau said.
The following golfers are representing New Hampshire in the New England Junior Amateur Invitational, a three-day event that begins today at Mill River Country Club in Stratford, Conn.: William Huang, Jack Pepin, Mathew Gover, Bryce Zimmerman, Colin McCaigue, Brian Adams, Russell Hamel, Carys Fennessy, Shivani Vora and June Doerr.
The New England Junior Invitational is a 54-hole team and individual stroke play competition that features seven boys and three girls from each New England state. This is the first year that girls are participating in the tournament.
The golf association in each state selected its team.
Will McLaughlin shot a 2-over-par 142 (71-71) to win the 2019 club championship at Concord Country Club by five strokes. Dave Perry finished second (74-73-147) and Doug Champagne was third (74-74-148). It was McLaughlin’s third club championship.
Chris Friedman won Concord Country Club’s women’s club championship with a two-round total of 171 (88-83). Mary Hogan won the women’s net championship with a 144 total (69-75).
Other club champions at Concord:
Mike Boylan: 70-79-149 (super senior champion)
Kevin Hobbs: 72-67-139 (first flight co-champion)
Mike Gallant: 73-66-139 (first flight co-champion)
Allen Lindquist: 70-75-145 (second flight champion)
New Hampshire Golf Calendar
Aug. 11-13: New England Junior Amateur (Mill River CC)
Aug. 13: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier (Laconia CC)
Aug. 21-22: Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (Baker Hill GC)
Aug. 27: Stroke Play Series (Intervale CC)
Sept. 4-5: Senior Four Ball (North Conway CC)
Sept. 10-11: Senior Championship (Cochecho CC)
Sept. 17-18: New England Senior Amateur (Biddeford-Saco CC)
Sept. 22-23: Mid-Am Team Championship (Mt. Washington Resort GC)
Oct. 1: Mid-Amateur Championship (Concord CC).