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Concord Country Club’s Godbout stuns top seed in State Am

  • Loudon Country Club's Bob Landry hits the ball from the fourth fairway during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Landry defeated Ridgewood Country Club's Hayden Maroun, 1 up. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Loudon Country Club's Bob Landry hits the ball from the fourth fairway during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Landry defeated Ridgewood Country Club's Hayden Maroun, 1 up.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Canterbury Woods Country Club's Jim Cilley hits the ball out of the rough on the fifth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship took The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Canterbury Woods Country Club's Jim Cilley hits the ball out of the rough on the fifth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship took The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul waits for The Golf Club of New England's Patrick Rahn (not pictured) to tee off on the 12th hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Sokul defeated Rahn, 4 and 2.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul waits for The Golf Club of New England's Patrick Rahn (not pictured) to tee off on the 12th hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Sokul defeated Rahn, 4 and 2.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Will McLaughlin tees off on the ninth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Will McLaughlin tees off on the ninth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry reacts after missing a putt on the fourth green during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry reacts after missing a putt on the fourth green during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Loudon Country Club's Bob Landry hits the ball from the rough on the fourth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Loudon Country Club's Bob Landry hits the ball from the rough on the fourth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul hits the ball from the rough on the ninth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul hits the ball from the rough on the ninth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Loudon Country Club's Bob Landry hits the ball from the fourth fairway during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Landry defeated Ridgewood Country Club's Hayden Maroun, 1 up. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Canterbury Woods Country Club's Jim Cilley hits the ball out of the rough on the fifth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship took The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul waits for The Golf Club of New England's Patrick Rahn (not pictured) to tee off on the 12th hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Sokul defeated Rahn, 4 and 2.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Country Club's Will McLaughlin tees off on the ninth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry reacts after missing a putt on the fourth green during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Loudon Country Club's Bob Landry hits the ball from the rough on the fourth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul hits the ball from the rough on the ninth hole during the first day of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

STRATHAM – Adam Godbout saved his chances at a State Amateur championship in a playoff, and the reward for his survival could hardly be considered a prize. He was saddled with the 64th seed and had to go against Joe Cooper, a golfer at Division I Bowling Green and the top seed in the tournament entering match play.

No pressure. Not in Godbout’s mind, at least.

“I had nothing to lose,” he said.

Nothing to lose, but plenty to win. Godbout took command early and pulled off the biggest stunner of the tournament’s Round of 64, beating Cooper, 6 and 4, and advancing to today’s round of 32, which will be followed immediately by the Round of 16.

“He didn’t bring as much as he could, and I did,” said Godbout, a rising senior at Concord High and golfer out of Concord Country Club. “I just took advantage of that, took advantage every hole.”

Godbout’s win highlighted a day of upsets that took down the top two golfers in the tournament. No. 2 James Pleat also lost, falling in a 5-and-4 decision to No. 63 David Larrivee, another playoff winner.

“I’ve been in this situation before where I was a one seed, losing to the 64, and I’ve also been in the spot of being the 64 beating the one,” said Larrivee, of Manchester Country Club. “It happens in match play. In order for me to win, I had to catch him on a bad day and a good day for me, and that’s what happened.”

No. 9 Fletcher Sokul, out of Concord Country Club, was the highest-seeded local winner, beating Patrick Rahn, 4 and 2. No. 11 Jim Cilley of Canterbury Woods Country Club beat Jon Malloy, 4 and 2; No. 31 Bob Landry, out of Loudon Country Club, won the final hole for a 1-up win over Hayden Maroun; and No. 38 Ian Landry, also out of Loudon, held on for a 1-up win over Scott Underhill.

Rounds of 79 and 83 put Godbout into a four-golfer playoff with three spots to be determined at the end of Tuesday’s stroke play, but the 17-year-old felt his game coming together toward the end of the stroke play competition. The shots were better, the swings were better, and Godbout knew he was ready to face an opponent in Cooper who shot 72 and 71 the first two days.

“I had some confidence going into today,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about my swing. I knew I could do better than an 83. … I wasn’t nervous, really, because frankly, I didn’t think I was going to win.

“But anything can happen in match play.”

Match play’s an equalizer, but Godbout still needed to bring the game. That meant keeping the ball in play, finding the greens and preventing the mistakes. Pars, pars and more pars, with a few birdies along the way.

It worked. Godbout started off well, going par-par-birdie on the first three holes, and taking a quick 3-up lead when Cooper stumbled to a bogey-bogey-bogey start. Cooper regained a hole on the par-5 fifth, but Godbout took back momentum on the par-4 sixth. Cooper stuck his approach shot by the pin, but Godbout’s 9-iron found the green as well. He sunk his birdie putt, and when Cooper’s lipped out, Godbout said he saw frustration set in for the top seed.

“He started getting really angry,” he said. “He started losing his game, but I kept mine.”

Godbout didn’t let up, going up six holes after 12, closing the match on the 14th and ensuring that his first experience in the State Am will last another round.

“I’m just going to take it hole by hole,” he said. “The swing’s pretty good right now.”

The high-seeded winners had impressive victories, with both Sokul and Cilley wrapping up their matches after the 16th holes. Cilley, the 2011 champion, led by one hole at the turn but came alive on the back nine by winning the 11th, 15th and 16th holes.

“It was survival today,” Cilley said. “Jonny’s really a solid young player, and just the couple of times I made mistakes, he did too, and then I was able to make a few more putts than he did.”

Bob Landry had to provide a late escape of his own to advance, as he trailed by a hole with three to play. He won the 16th with a par to knot the match, however, and took advantage of a bad break for his opponent when Maroun couldn’t find his drive on the 18th, allowing Landry to win the hole and the match.

“That’s a tough way to lose,” Landry said. “Nobody got up by more than one. … I just tried to stay steady, and let the course not beat me. It ended up working out, but I need to make more putts tomorrow.”

Landry’s son, Ian, won the first three holes to gain control early, then had to hang on after he bogeyed the 15th and Underhill was able to trim the gap to one.

“I was trying to simplify it,” he said. “Try to hit the fairway, hit the green, take your par and get out of there. But it’s a lot easier said than done.”

Several local golfers fell in tight decisions, as Concord’s Will McLaughlin lost to Mike Peters, 2 and 1, North Sutton resident Kurt Wuenschel lost in 20 holes to Chase Dembisky, and Concord High graduate Kurt Eddins lost to Ryan Tombs, 1 up. Coe-Brown grad Codi Daudelin lost to Chelso Barrett, 7 and 5.

(Drew Bonifant can be reached at 369-3340 or at abonifant@cmonitor.com, or via Twitter @dbonifant.)

Wednesday’s results

Round of 64

No. 64 Adam Godbout, Concord d. No. 1 Joe Cooper, Portsmouth, 6 and 4

No. 33 Matthew Paradis, Derryfield d. No. 32 Chris Atwood, Rochester, 2 up

No. 16 Ryan Tombs, Manchester d. No. 49 Kurt Eddins, Exeter, 1 up

No. 17 Tom Hixon, Wentworth BTS d. No. 48 Makenzie Denver, Derryfield, 3 and 2

No. 8 Nick Fairweather, Windham d. No. 57 Jamin Somero, Crotched Mtn., 5 and 3

No. 40 Daniel Arvanitis, Derryfield d. No. 25 Dylan Evans, Stonebridge, 4 and 3

No. 9 Fletcher Sokul, Concord d. No. 56 Patrick Rahn, The Golf Club of NE, 4 and 2

No. 24 Chris Rivard, Manchester GMA d. No. 41 Josh Chamberlain, Crotched Mtn., 7 and 5

No. 4 Jake Nutter, Manchester d. No. 61 Vince Kimball, Hanover, 6 and 5

No. 36 Phil Pleat, Nashua d. No. 29 Austin Fox, Intervale, 4 and 3

No. 13 Chase Dembisky, Souhegan Woods d. No. 52 Kurt Wuenschel, Baker Hill, 20 holes

No. 45 Peter Keilty, Portsmouth d. No. 20 Eric Soderman, Hoodkroft, 1 up

No. 5 Billy Forcier, Abenaqui d. No. 60 Tyler Silver, Hanover, 3 and 2

No. 28 Mike Peters, Portsmouth d. No. 37 Will McLaughlin, Concord, 2 and 1

No. 53 Craig Steckowych, Portsmouth d. No. 12 Michael Killam, Newport, 1 up

No. 21 Ryan Kohler, Hooper d. No. 44 John Esterbrook, Crotched Mtn., 8 and 7

No. 63 David Larrivee, Manchester d. No. 2 James Pleat, Nashua, 5 and 4

No. 31 Bob Landry, Loudon d. No. 34 Hayden Maroun, Ridgewood, 1 up

No. 15 Tim Manwaring, Bretwood d. No. 50 Steve Lane, Green Meadow, 3 and 2

No. 18 Brett Wilson, The Golf Club of NE d. No. 47 Matthew Killam, Newport, 1 up

No. 7 Jamie Ferullo, Rochester d. No. 58 Bo Harris, Intervale, 7 and 6

No. 26 Michael Martel, Crotched Mtn. d. No. 39 David Sherborne, Derryfield, 3 and 2

No. 10 Chris Houston, Laconia d. No. 55 Patrick Paulson, Souhegan Woods, 4 and 3

No. 42 Ryan Friel, The Overlook d. No. 23 Connor Greenleaf, Windham, 20 holes

No. 3 Damon Salo, The Shattuck d. No. 62 Bill Everett, Owl’s Nest, 6 and 5

No. 30 Griffin Brown, The Overlook d. No. 35 Joe Toland, Hanover, 4 and 3

No. 14 Sean Lacey, Intervale d. No. 51 John DeVito, Indian Mound, 3 and 2

No. 19 Joe Leavitt, Atkinson d. No. 46 CJ Konkow, Rochester, 5 and 4

No. 6 Chelso Barrett, Bretwood d. No. 59 Codi Daudelin, Cochecho, 7 and 5

No. 38 Ian Landry, Loudon d. No. 27 Scott Underhill, Manchester, 1 up

No. 11 Jim Cilley, Canterbury Woods d. No. 54 Jon Malloy, The Oaks, 4 and 2

No. 22 Michael Mahan, The Oaks d. No. 43 Chris Kelloway, Portsmouth, 2 up

Thursday’s tee times

Round of 32

No. 64 Adam Godbout, Concord vs. No. 33 Matthew Paradis, Derryfield, 8 a.m.

No. 17 Tom Hixon, Wentworth BTS vs. No. 16 Ryan Tombs, Manchester, 8:08 a.m.

No. 40 Daniel Arvanitis, Derryfield vs. No. 8 Nick Fairweather, Windham, 8:16 a.m.

No. 24 Chris Rivard, Manchester GMA vs. No. 9 Fletcher Sokul, Concord, 8:24 a.m.

No. 36 Phil Pleat, Nashua vs. No. 4 Jake Nutter, Manchester, 8:32 a.m.

No. 45 Peter Keilty, Portsmouth vs. No. 13 Chase Dembisky, Souhegan Woods, 8:40 a.m.

No. 28 Mike Peters, Portsmouth vs. No. 5 Billy Forcier, Abenaqui, 8:48 a.m.

No. 53 Craig Steckowych, Portsmouth vs. No. 21 Ryan Kohler, Hooper, 8:56 a.m.

No. 63 David Larrivee, Manchester vs. No. 31 Bob Landry, Loudon, 9:04 a.m.

No. 18 Brett Wilson, The Golf Club of NE vs. No. 15 Tim Manwaring, Bretwood, 9:12 a.m.

No. 26 Michael Martel, Crotched Mtn. vs. No. 7 Jamie Ferullo, Rochester, 9:20 a.m.

No. 42 Ryan Friel, The Overlook vs. No. 10 Chris Houston, Laconia, 9:28 a.m.

No. 30 Griffin Brown, The Overlook vs. No. 3 Damon Salo, The Shattuck, 9:36 a.m.

No. 19 Joe Leavitt, Atkinson vs. No. 14 Sean Lacey, Intervale, 9:44 a.m.

No. 38 Ian Landry, Loudon vs. No. 6 Chelso Barrett, Bretwood, 9:52 a.m.

No. 22 Michael Mahan, The Oaks vs. No. 11 Jim Cilley, Canterbury Woods, 10 a.m.

Round of 16

Godbout/Paradis winner vs. Hixon/Tombs winner, 1 p.m.

Arvanitis/Fairweather winner vs. Rivard/Sokul winner, 1:08 p.m.

Pleat/Nutter winner vs. Keilty/Dembisky winner, 1:16 p.m.

Peters/Forcier winner vs. Steckowych/Kohler winner, 1:24 p.m.

Larrivee/Bob Landry winner vs. Wilson/Manwaring winner, 1:32 p.m.

Martel/Ferullo winner vs. Friel/Houston winner, 1:40 p.m.

Brown/Salo winner vs. Leavitt/Lacey winner, 1:48 p.m.

Ian Landry/Barrett winner vs. Mahan/Cilley winner, 1:56 p.m.

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