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Local roundup: A repeat performance for Pelletier at N.H. Stroke Play

  • Hanover Country Club's Pat Pelletier watches a shot during his quarterfinal match in the New Hampshire Amateur on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Hanover Country Club in Hanover, N.H. Pelletier won his second consecutive New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship title, and third of his career, with an six-stroke victory on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, N.H..

  • Pat Pelletier watches his drive from the 14th tee at Hanover Country Club during his quarterfinal New Hampshire Amateur match on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Hanover, N.H. Pelletier, representing Hanover Country Club, won his second consecutive New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship, and third of his career, with an HTK HTK-stroke victory at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, N.H., on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover Country Club's Pat Pelletier awaits his turn to putt on the club's 15th green during his quarterfinal New Hampshire Amateur match on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Pelletier, presenting Hanover, won his second consecutive New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship, and third of his career, with an HTK HTK-stroke win at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, N.H., on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.

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Published: 8/8/2019 9:36:13 PM
Modified: 8/8/2019 9:36:03 PM

HUDSON, N.H. — Pat Pelletier is making a habit of winning the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship.

The Hanover Country Club golfer won the New Hampshire Golf Association’s second major for the second straight year on Thursday, and the third time in his career, with a dominant performance at Green Meadow Golf Club.

The former Lebanon High and University of Rhode Island golfer fashioned back-to-back rounds of 67-68 to reverse a three-stroke deficit entering the day and record a six-shot win over The Oaks’ Taylor Simpson, the tourney’s leader after Wednesday’s second round.

Pelletier finished at 13-under 275 for the championship.

Pelletier’s two-round tally of 9-under 135 was five shots better than anyone else on Thursday. The afternoon 18 was particularly emphatic, as Pelletier recorded two birdies and 15 pars before an eagle 3 on the par-5 18th hole to slam the door.

“It’s always nice to defend a title and to play well at the same time,” Pelletier said in a phone interview on Thursday night. “Going into today, I was three back and I figured if I could go out and play pretty solid in the morning, put up a 3- or 4-under round, that would keep me in the hunt. And I had more experience that all of the guys up on the leaderboard.”

Pelletier played the 18th better than any of Green Meadow’s holes in the three-day, 72-hole championship, shooting 5 under par for the tournament there.

Pelletier had just one bogey over 36 holes on Thursday, and that followed two early birdies on his third round. He would play 4-under-par golf the rest of the way for a 5-under 67 in the morning. The rest of his competition floundered, with Simpson shooting a 1-over 73 in his third round to surrender the lead.

“I hit 15 or 16 greens in the final round, including my last 11 or 12,” Pelletier said. “Once I had the lead to four or five shots, I really hit it solid.”

The 40 players who advanced from Wednesday’s cut combined to produce just eight below-par rounds on Thursday. Pelletier owned the only sub-70 scoresheet, and was also the only golfer in the field to break par in all four rounds.

Hanover’s Phin Choukas completed a consistent tournament with rounds of 74-76 on Thursday. The rising Middlebury College sophomore took 20th place with a 12-over 300 after shooting back-to-back 75s over the tournament’s first two rounds.

Vt. Women’s Amateur

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Hartland native and Hartford High School graduate Gretchen White held on for a top-10 finish to highlight Upper Valley participation in the final round of the Vermont Women’s Amateur championship at Ralph Myhre Golf Course.

White, who attended Hartford High in the mid-1980s, used a final-round 87 to secure her 10th-place state amateur result. Representing Williston Golf club, White shot 86-82-87-255.

Quechee’s Vicki Goodrich finished at 95-91-83-269, good for a tie for 16th. Meriden’s Kathy Allbright, playing out of Green Mountain National was 27th (92-89-97-278), and Lake Morey’s Jen Steck took 35th (97-99-99-295) in the field of 46.

Rutland’s Chloe Levins netted a final-round 77 to claim the title by eight strokes over Killington’s Tiffany Maurycy. Levins shot 74-74-77-225 for the three-day championship.

College FootballDartmouth predictedfor runner-up finish

HANOVER — Ivy League media members pegged Dartmouth College for a second-place finish in the preseason football poll released by the league on Thursday. Yale picked up nine first-place votes and 119 poll points, but Dartmouth — which finished runner-up to undefeated Princeton last year — was right behind with two first-place votes and 111 points.

The Tigers (4 first-place votes; 107) remain a threat in poll voters’ minds. Harvard (1; 93), Penn (67), Columbia (1; 61), Cornell (29) and Brown (24) completed the survey.

Dartmouth went 9-1 overall last season and 6-1 in the league, dropping only a 14-9 decision at Princeton that essentially assured the Tigers the Ivy crown. Dartmouth recently was included among programs receiving votes for the Stats FCS preseason poll; Princeton made the top 25, while the Big Green and Yale both received votes.

Dartmouth opens its season at Jacksonville on Sept. 21 in the program’s first meeting with the Dolphins.




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