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Landry father-and-son duo set up meeting in State Am Round of 32

  • Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club follows through on his drive on the 3rd hole in the rain at the State Am Championship yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

    Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club follows through on his drive on the 3rd hole in the rain at the State Am Championship yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

  • Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club reacts to his second hole drive at the State Am Golf tournament yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

    Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club reacts to his second hole drive at the State Am Golf tournament yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)


  • Dan Doyle from Canterbury Woods Country Club watches the path of his tee shot on the 2nd hole at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown at the third day at the State Am Championship yesterday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

    Dan Doyle from Canterbury Woods Country Club watches the path of his tee shot on the 2nd hole at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown at the third day at the State Am Championship yesterday.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

  • The rain didn't stop play at the State Am at Stonebridge Country Club yesterday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

    The rain didn't stop play at the State Am at Stonebridge Country Club yesterday.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)


  • Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club reacts to his second hole drive at the State Am Golf tournament yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

    Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club reacts to his second hole drive at the State Am Golf tournament yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)


  • Joey Logano's crew works on his car after he crashed into the wall during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Loudon, N.H. The crash took Logano out of the race. Brad Keselowski won. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Joey Logano's crew works on his car after he crashed into the wall during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Loudon, N.H. The crash took Logano out of the race. Brad Keselowski won. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Concord resident Kurt Eddins, representing Exeter Country Club tees off against Matt Levins of Beaver Meadow Thursday at the Stonebridge County Club.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>

    Concord resident Kurt Eddins, representing Exeter Country Club tees off against Matt Levins of Beaver Meadow Thursday at the Stonebridge County Club.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)


  • Matt Levins from Beaver Meadow Golf Course tees off at the 1st hole during the State Am at the Stonebridge Country Club Thursday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

    Matt Levins from Beaver Meadow Golf Course tees off at the 1st hole during the State Am at the Stonebridge Country Club Thursday.

    (GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

  • Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club follows through on his drive on the 3rd hole in the rain at the State Am Championship yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)
  • Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club reacts to his second hole drive at the State Am Golf tournament yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>
  • Dan Doyle from Canterbury Woods Country Club watches the path of his tee shot on the 2nd hole at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown at the third day at the State Am Championship yesterday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)
  • The rain didn't stop play at the State Am at Stonebridge Country Club yesterday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>
  • Bob Landry from Loudon Country Club reacts to his second hole drive at the State Am Golf tournament yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>
  • Joey Logano's crew works on his car after he crashed into the wall during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Loudon, N.H. The crash took Logano out of the race. Brad Keselowski won. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • Concord resident Kurt Eddins, representing Exeter Country Club tees off against Matt Levins of Beaver Meadow Thursday at the Stonebridge County Club.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)<br/><br/><br/>
  • Matt Levins from Beaver Meadow Golf Course tees off at the 1st hole during the State Am at the Stonebridge Country Club Thursday.<br/><br/>(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

GOFFSTOWN – When Loudon’s Ian Landry tees off today in the Round of 32 at the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship, he’ll be facing an opponent who taught him the game, coached him in high school and helped him with his swing on Tuesday night.

When Bob Landry tees off in the Round of 32, he’ll be facing his swing coach, someone he was rooting for the last three days, someone who lives under his roof.

Yes, the Landrys will be squaring off against each other. After winning their Round of 64 matches yesterday at the Stonebridge Country Club, father (Bob) will be playing against son (Ian).

“We do enough of it. We played in the (Loudon Country Club) club championship. He beat me last year by a stroke,” Bob said. “We had a great day playing that, going back and forth, so it will be fun, I’m not worried about it. I probably wish I didn’t give him a couple swing tips last night. No, I’m just kidding.”

Even though that club championship was stroke play, Ian said it felt like match play because he and his father had pulled ahead of the field and were battling it out hole-by-hole. Ian, 23, agreed that it was a great day, but he disagreed with his dad’s memory of the final score.

“I beat him by two strokes, so he better check his math,” Ian said with a laugh. “We also played in the men’s league on Tuesday nights and we’d always try to beat each other. We haven’t really played head-to-head too much, but we’ve played together a lot. He knows my game and I know his game.”

Someone who knows both of their games is mom/wife Karen Landry, who has been Bob’s caddy for the last three days at Stonebridge. She’ll caddy for her husband again today, but she couldn’t say who would be the favorite to win and she definitely wasn’t offering any clues on who she’d be rooting for.

“I’m not saying. A Landry will advance, how about that?” Karen said. “I think it’s going to be fun.”

Bob, 52, coaches golf at Merrimack Valley High School and had Ian on the team from 2006-08. But the coaching relationship between the two goes in both directions.

“He’s my swing coach. He’s the one that understands my swing,” Bob said. “And he’s done some great things helping me with my high school team, working with some kids that just picked up a club.”

It was Bob, however, who was helping Ian make a few minor adjustments to his swing on Tuesday night after the younger Landry carded a 155 in the two days of stroke play to sneak into the match play portion of the State Am (the cut was 156). The advice helped yesterday as Ian, who was the No. 60 seed, beat No. 5 Connor Greenleaf (Windham Country Club), 3 and 1.

“I was feeling pretty good this morning after that practice last night,” said Ian, who played collegiate golf at Franklin Pierce. “Then I got up early against (Greenleaf), I won the first hole and then went up two after winning the fourth hole with a birdie. He came back on six, but I won eight and never looked back. That’s the thing about match play, anybody can beat anybody once you make the cut.”

The elder Landry had a tougher day. He was struggling with all aspects of his game before heavy rains forced a delay as he and Dan Doyle (Canterbury Woods Country Club) were on the fifth green. Landry was able to regain his focus during the delay and improved his ball-striking after it. He never quite found the range on his putts, but he managed to earn a 1-up win after Doyle missed a short par putt on 18.

“I never do it easy,” Bob said. “I’ve been lucky enough to win on a lot of Wednesdays in this thing, but I seem to win them on 18 or 19.”

The Landrys won’t be the only local pair with a long-standing connection facing off today. Concord High graduates Kurt Eddins and Matt Levins, who led the Crimson Tide to Class L titles in 2005 and 2006, will be playing each other for the right to move on to the Round of 16. The two also played together at the University of New Hampshire after graduating from Concord in 2008.

“Matt is coming to play with me in the member-guest at my club next week, that’s how close we are,” said Eddins, who lives in Portsmouth and plays out of Exeter Country Club.

While neither Landry would say who would be the favorite in their match, that wasn’t the case with Eddins and Levins.

“If I play like I did today, I like my chances,” said Eddins, who was the No. 58 seed and upset No. 7 Craig Steckowych, the 1990 and 1998 State Am champ, 4 and 3.

“He probably said he’s the favorite,” Levins correctly guessed. “He’s a confident little guy.”

Levins, who plays out of Beaver Meadow Golf Course, said he was simply steady in his 4-and-3 win over Rick Moreau of Sky Meadow Country Club. That round may not have given him the shot of confidence Eddins got after beating Steckowych, but Levins fired a small shot across his friend’s bow.

“We were one and two when we played together at UNH,” Levins said, and he didn’t pause when asked who was one. “I was one. You can remind him that I was No. 1.”

Jim Cilley, the 2011 champ who plays out of Pembroke Pines Country Club, advanced with a tough 2-and-1 win over Peter Keilty from the Portsmouth Country Club. The two were going back and forth with birdies throughout the match, and it was a birdie on 15 that finally put Cilley in the lead for good. Cilley will now face James Pleat from Nashua Country Club, the 13th seed who played just six holes yesterday before his opponent withdrew.

“I would put James in my top three or four favorites to win the thing, and he’s playing well right now, too,” Cilley said. “It will be a tough match, but if I play like I did today, I’ll give myself a chance.”

Bo Harris of the Concord Country Club advanced with a 5-and-4 win over Scott Doughty from Candia Woods Golf Links. Harris will face defending champ Mike Martel from Bretwood Golf Course today. Josh LaCasse, who helped Bow High to the Division III golf title this fall, advanced with a 1-up win over John DeVito from Indian Mound Golf Club.

Matt Paradis, the No. 2 seed who plays out of Derryfield Country Club but also belongs to Concord, beat Tommy Ethier from Nashua Country Club, 3-and-2. And New London’s Chris Durocher, playing out of Lake Sunapee Country Club, advanced with a 2-up win over Chris Miele from Nashua.

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