Lauren Thibodeau cruised to her first New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association championship after a final-round 72 gave her a nine-shot win Wednesday at Breakfast Hill Golf Club in Greenland.
Thibodeau, 19, of Hampstead, plays out of Windham Country Club and is about to start her sophomore college season at the University of Louisville. Her three-day total was 201, 6-under par.
Two-time champion Chelsea Sedlar of Litchfield’s Passaconaway Country Club was second with a 3-over par 219 after a 1-over 73 on Wednesday. She was 14 strokes ahead of third-place finisher Mindy Reid of Pembroke Pines (233).
Dana Harrity of Abenaqui in Rye, who has won this event 16 times, was fourth at 234. Carys Fennessy, 12, of Dover’s Cochecho, was fifth at 236. Maggie Kennedy of Lake Sunapee CC was sixth at 237, and Shivani Vora, 14, of Portsmouth Country Club was seventh at 238.
NHGA Stroke Play
Taylor Simpson of The Oaks Golf Links fired a 4-under par 68 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the NHGA Stroke Play Championship on Wednesday at the Jungle Course at Green Meadow in Hudson.
The 40 players who made the cut will play 36 holes Thursday to crown a champion.
Simpson started out the day at 3-under after a 69 on Tuesday and in the pack of golfers chasing down first-round leader Matt Paradis. He birdied on the third and fourth holes and bogeyed No. 5 to make the turn at 1-under par. He was one under on the back side when he eagled the par-5 18th to finish the round 4-under, 7-under for the tournament.
Paradis really stumbled, carding a 5-over 77 to stand 1-over par in a tie for seventh place. He made bogeys at No. 1 and 5 to make the turn at 2-over, but it was a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 13th that really sunk his round. He bogeyed 16 before recording his lone birdie of the day on 18.
Sam Natti of The Maplewood Golf Course carded 69-69 over the opening two rounds of the championship to get himself into second place at 6-under par.
“The shots that I hit off line, I did it in the right spots. The holes that you have to get one in play, I did. And when I hit shots well, I took advantage of it,” Natti said.
“I limited my mistakes”, Natti added. “I missed a couple of short putts, but I also had three or four up and downs that kind of kept things going a little bit.”
Josh Farmer of Amherst CC is two shots behind Simpson and Pat Pelletier of Hanover CC is three strokes back. Farmer’s first round 69 included a double bogey on the first hole, with five birdies and no other blemishes. For his second round, he again had five birdies but three bogeys kept him to 2-under 70.
Pelletier, the defending champion, also had a first-round 69 but four birdies and three bogeys in the second round left him at 1-under par 71.
New England PGA Championship
Claremont product Kirk Hanefeld finished in sixth place, 10 strokes off the pace, in the New England PGA Championship, which wrapped up Wednesday at Manchester Country Club.
Hanefeld’s 4-over 75 made it tough to stay in contention with the leaders. Shaun Warren of Falmouth Country Club in Maine won the event at 8-under par.
Hanefeld is the pro at Salem Country Club in Massachusetts.
Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, who works at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsborough, Mass., was tied for 16th at 7-over par.
Other New Hampshire players who made the cut were Rich Ingraham of Sky Meadow, Todd Rollins of Laconia and Cory Mansfield of Derryfield (tied for 22nd, 10-over par), Jason Sedan of Lake Winnipesaukee CC (tied for 30th, 11-over par), Rico Riciputi of Wentworth by the Sea (tied for 37th, 12-over par), SNHU coach Matt Arvanitis, Jim Schouller of Abenaqui and Thomas Smith of Atkinson Resort (tied for 47th, 14-over par), and Bill Andrews of Portsmouth CC (tied for 54th, 15-over par).