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Bob Landry still alive as weather wreaks havoc at State Am

  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul works his way out of a sand trap during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul works his way out of a sand trap during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Adam Godbout watches his ball after teeing off in his match against Matthew Paradis at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Adam Godbout watches his ball after teeing off in his match against Matthew Paradis at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry watches his ball after teeing off during his match against Chelso Barrett at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry watches his ball after teeing off during his match against Chelso Barrett at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The Derryfield County Club's Matthew Paradis chips his ball on the fairway during his match against Adam Godbout in the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The Derryfield County Club's Matthew Paradis chips his ball on the fairway during his match against Adam Godbout in the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul studies potential paths from the rough to the green during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul studies potential paths from the rough to the green during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul works his way out of the rough during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul works his way out of the rough during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry works his way out of a sand trap during his match against Chelso Barrett at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry works his way out of a sand trap during his match against Chelso Barrett at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul works his way out of a sand trap during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Country Club's Adam Godbout watches his ball after teeing off in his match against Matthew Paradis at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry watches his ball after teeing off during his match against Chelso Barrett at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The Derryfield County Club's Matthew Paradis chips his ball on the fairway during his match against Adam Godbout in the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul studies potential paths from the rough to the green during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Country Club's Fletcher Sokul works his way out of the rough during his match against Chris Rivard at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Loudon Country Club's Ian Landry works his way out of a sand trap during his match against Chelso Barrett at the New Hampshire Golf Association's State Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham on Thursday, July 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

A long day of golf at the State Amateur Championship, featuring the Round of 32 and the Round of 16 matches, was made even longer by two weather delays yesterday. For four local golfers, the day was long enough to decide their fates, but for Bob Landry of Loudon Country Club the outcome of his efforts is yet to be determined.

It took Landry 19 holes to best David Larrivee of Manchester Country Club in the Round of 32, then the weather proved too much of an obstacle in the Round of 16 and Landry’s match against Brett Wilson was suspended with the score tied after 14 holes. The winner advances to the quarterfinals, which will start soon after the finish of the suspended match.

Ian Landry (Loudon CC), Fletcher Sokul (Concord CC), Adam Godbout (Concord CC) and 2011 champion and 2012 semifinalist Jim Cilley (Canterbury Woods CC) all lost in close matches in the Round of 32 early in the day.

Landry claimed his victory over Larrivee in dramatic fashion. Larrivee (the No. 63 seed who bested No. 2 James Pleat on Wednesday) won the 15th and 16th holes to go 2 up with only two holes to play. Needing to win the final two holes just to stay alive, Landry did just that and forced a 19th hole to decide the match. A 155-foot shot with an 8-iron from the fairway gave him a birdie on the deciding hole to earn a tee time later in the day.

“I’m guessing a little bit better how the shots are coming out of the rough. I was able to guess better today and that helped,” said Landry after finishing his fourth round at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham in four days.

Landry, the No. 31 seed and Merrimack Valley High School golf coach, needed that knowledge of the course against Wilson, who plays out of the Golf Club of New England. Although Wilson has the home-course advantage, the weather conditions played in Landry’s favor. Following a 2-hour, 20-minute delay after five holes, the ball’s speed on the green was noticeably slower, Landry said, thus negating Wilson’s putting advantage.

“He’s got that advantage. He knows what he wants to hit, but at this point it comes down to execution,” Landry said. “We’ve played a lot by this point, we all know the course.”

Landry added that both he and Wilson have been hitting well so far and that at this point in the competition “you are playing good players up and down the whole lineup.”

Landry will tee off for the final four holes at 7 a.m. Three other Round of 16 matches were also suspended, while four golfers – No. 16 Ryan Tombs, No. 24 Chris Rivard, No. 26 Michael Martel and No. 53 Craig Steckowych – completed and won their matches to advance to the quarterfinals.

Cilley and his State Four-Ball teammate and best friend Michael Mahan needed 16 holes to decide their match, but in the end Cilley was unable to reach his previous level, falling 3 and 2.

“He just played a touch better than I did,” said Cilley, who was down by three holes through 11 before making a comeback.

Cilley won the 12th hole to cut the deficit to two, but the turning point was the 14th hole when Cilley nearly had a hole in one. But his 179-foot shot rolled over the edge of the hole and Mahan converted a 25-foot putt to halve the hole, stopping Cilley’s momentum.

“There’s only going to be one guy who is happy at the end of the week. If I’m going to lose to anyone it might as well be to my best friend. He’s such a good player, I really hope he makes a run at it,” said Cilley, joking that “I didn’t really want to play (No. 6 Chelso Barrett) anyway. ... It’s more like the Junior State Am now.”

Three local competitors were among the multitude of young golfers who advanced to the Round of 32, including Landry’s son Ian Landry, a Franklin Pierce student, who fell to No. 6 Barrett (Bretwood Golf Club), 4 and 3. Ninth-seeded Sokul lost a heartbreaking 2-and-1 match to Rivard (Candia Woods). Godbout, a rising senior at Concord High, shook the field by upsetting the No. 1 golfer as the No. 64 seed, but couldn’t continue his streak yesterday, falling to Matthew Paradis out of the Derryfield CC, 4 and 2.

Today’s quarterfinal winners won’t have much time to rest. The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 1 and 1:10 p.m. The 36-hole championship is scheduled for tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Thursday’s results

Round of 32

No. 33 Matthew Paradis, Derryfield d. No. 64 Adam Godbout, Concord, 4 and 2

No. 16 Ryan Tombs, Manchester d. No. 17 Tom Hixon, Wentworth BTS, 3 and 2

No. 8 Nick Fairweather, Windham d. No. 40 Daniel Arvanitis, Derryfield, 6 and 5

No. 24 Chris Rivard, Candia Woods d. No. 9 Fletcher Sokul, Concord, 2 and 1

No. 4 Jake Nutter, Manchester d. No. 36 Phil Pleat, Nashua, 3 and 2

No. 13 Chase Dembisky, Souhegan Woods d. No. 45 Peter Keilty, Portsmouth, 19 holes

No. 28 Mike Peters, Portsmouth d. No. 5 Billy Forcier, Abenaqui, 1 up

No. 53 Craig Steckowych, Portsmouth d. No. 21 Ryan Kohler, Hooper, 3 and 1

No. 31 Bob Landry, Loudon d. No. 63 David Larrivee, Manchester, 19 holes

No. 18 Brett Wilson, The Golf Club of NE d. No. 15 Tim Manwaring, Bretwood, 3 and 2

No. 26 Michael Martel, Crotched Mountain d. No. 7 Jamie Ferullo, Rochester, 3 and 2

No. 10 Chris Houston, Laconia d. No. 42 Ryan Friel, The Overlook, 4 and 3

No. 3 Damon Salo, The Shattuck d. No. 30 Griffin Brown, The Overlook, 4 and 3

No. 19 Joe Leavitt, Atkinson d. No. 14 Sean Lacey, Intervale, 4 and 2

No. 6 Chelso Barrett, Bretwood d. No. 38 Ian Landry, Loudon, 4 and 3

No. 22 Michael Mahan, The Oaks d. No. 11 Jim Cilley, Canterbury Woods, 3 and 2

Round of 16

No. 16 Ryan Tombs, Manchester d. No. 33 Matthew Paradis, Derryfield, 3 and 2

No. 24 Chris Rivard, Candia Woods, d. No. 8 Nick Fairweather, Windham, 2 up

No. 4 Jake Nutter, Manchester, 1 up thru 14 v. No. 13 Chase Dembisky, Souhegan Woods, susp.

No. 53 Craig Steckowych, Portsmouth d. No. 28 Mike Peters, Portsmouth, 4 and 3

No. 31 Bob Landry, Loudon v. No. 18 Brett Wilson, The Golf Club of NE, susp., tied thru 14 holes

No. 26 Michael Martel, Crotched Mountain d. No. 10 Chris Houston, Laconia 2 and 1

No. 3 Damon Salo, The Shattuck, 1 up thru 14 v. No. 19 Joe Leavitt, Atkinson, susp.

No. 6 Chelso Barrett, Bretwood v. No. 22 Michael Mahan, The Oaks, susp.

Quarterfinals

No. 16 Ryan Tombs v. No. 24 Chris Rivard, 8 a.m.

Nutter/Dembisky winner vs. No. 53 Craig Seckowych, 8:10 a.m.

Landry/Wilson winner vs. No. 26 Michael Martel, 8:20 a.m.

Salo/Leavitt winner vs. Barrett/Mahan winner, 8:30 a.m.

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