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Rain delay challenges locals at State Am golf tourney

  • Chris Durocher fromLake Sunapee Country Club blasts out of the 11th trap during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)

    Chris Durocher fromLake Sunapee Country Club blasts out of the 11th trap during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)

  • Chris Durocher from Lake Sunapee Country Club winces as he drives 11th hole during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

    Chris Durocher from Lake Sunapee Country Club winces as he drives 11th hole during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)


  • Chris Durocher from Lake Sunapee Country Club is frustrated after missing a putt on 11th during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

    Chris Durocher from Lake Sunapee Country Club is frustrated after missing a putt on 11th during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)


  • Chris Durocher fromLake Sunapee Country Club blasts out of the 11th trap during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)
  • Chris Durocher from Lake Sunapee Country Club winces as he drives 11th hole during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>
  • Chris Durocher from Lake Sunapee Country Club is frustrated after missing a putt on 11th during the State Am Golf Championship at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown Tuesday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

GOFFSTOWN – Dark clouds threatened the Stonebridge Country Club for most of the day. When the heavy rains and a little lightning finally arrived around 4 p.m. yesterday, it forced an hour delay in the 111th New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship. And it nearly ended the tournament for Rich Reeves.

“I was good until the rain delay,” said Reeves, who lives in Arlington, Mass., but plays out of Canterbury Woods Country Club because his father, Walter Reeves, is the director of golf at the course. “My back tightened up during the delay and I was seven over after that.”

That 7-over came in just five holes. Reeves, 23, lost the first two balls he hit after the delay to triple bogey the par-5 14th hole. He suffered through two bogeys and a double bogey after that to wind up with a two-day stroke total of 156, which put him in an eight-way tie for the final six spots in today’s Round of 64 match play.

That string of bad luck was hanging over Reeves as he waited for the sudden-death playoff.

“I’m not going to lie to you,” Reeves said. “I was nervous.”

But Reeves hit a solid drive to start the playoff march, which began on No. 1, a straightforward par-5. He followed up with a smooth 3-wood that left him just off the green. And he finished things by chipping on and then banging home a 12-foot birdie putt to earn one of those final spots for match play.

The delay also hurt Jim Cilley, the 2011 State Am champ who is from Belmont, lives in Penacook and plays out of Pembroke Pines Country Club. After shooting a 1-under 71 in Monday’s opening round, Cilley was tied for seventh. He seemed in good shape to maintain that position when he was 1-over through 13 holes yesterday, but that’s when the delay hit.

Cilley, 33, bogeyed his first hole after the delay and then double bogeyed another to finish with a 76. Still, he’s tied for 19th overall and feels good headed into match play.

“It will be a completely different day (today); it always is with match play,” said Cilley, who won the Central New Hampshire Amateur Championship in June and Concord’s city four-ball tournament last weekend. “I feel comfortable on this golf course. There are only a couple of tee shots that are uncomfortable for me, but all in all this is a course that’s very good for my game, so I’m excited.”

One player who wasn’t affected by the delay was 18-year-old Matt Paradis, who carded a 68 for a two-day total of 139 that put him in second place, just one stroke behind the medallist, Ryan Kohler of Hooper Golf Club in Walpole. Paradis lives in Hooksett and is playing out of the Derryfield Country Club, but he’s also been a member at the Concord Country Club for the last two years.

“I love it over there in Concord,” said Paradis, who played high school golf for Manchester Central and was the runner-up in the NHIAA individual championship in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Paradis hit 17 of 18 greens on Monday on his way to a 71 and he kept it yesterday, hitting 17 more greens in regulation. He also drained five birdie putts, including two after the delay.

“I’m feeling awesome going into match play,” Paradis said. “I’m pretty much going to keep the same motto as I did the last two days and just go to the center of the green and try to keep it going.”

New London’s Chris Durocher, who plays out of Lake Sunapee Country Club, found eight birdies on Monday, including five on the front nine. That hot start gave way to an erratic back nine as he made three bogeys and a double bogey, but also connected for three more birdies and an opening round of 70, which tied him for fourth overall.

Erratic turned to poor for Durocher yesterday as he started the day with five bogeys on his first nine holes. But he regained his consistency during the second half of the day with nine straight pars to finish with a 76 that left him tied for 13th overall.

“It was just a grind-away day,” Durocher, 24, said. “Make par and go on to the next hole.”

It may have felt mundane to Durocher, but the fact that he could grind like that was fairly impressive considering he broke his collarbone in January in a snowboarding fall, had a metal plate inserted in his shoulder and got a late start on the golf season.

The other local golfers who made the cut were Beaver Meadow Golf Course’s Matt Levins (149, tied for 26th); Loudon Country Club’s Bob Landry (149, tied for 26th); Colin Barnea of Hopkinton, who plays out of Rochester Country Club (149, tied for 26th); Jeremy Duhamel of Bow, who plays out of Manchester Country Club (150, tied for 32nd); Dan Doyle of Canterbury Woods (151, tied for 36th); Josh LaCasse of Pembroke Pines (154, tied for 51st); Justin Wilk of Pembroke Pines (155, tied for 55th); Ian Landry of Loudon Country Club (155, tied for 55th); and Kurt Eddins of Concord, who plays out of Exeter Country Club (155, tied for 55th).

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at tosullivan@cmonitor.com or 369-3341 or on Twittter @timosullivan20.)

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