Mielcarz ups game in match play, advances at state am

  • Bob Mielcarz tees off at the first hole at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Club in 2015 in his quarterfinal match against Jim Cilley in the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship. Mielcarz won a record nine state am titles before stepping away from the event in 2012. He returned to play in 2015 and again this year at the Nashua Country Club. Mielcarz snuck into the 64-man match play portion of the tournament as the No. 62 seed, and then beat No. 3 Dustin Moreault on Wednesday, 6-and-5, to advance to Thursday’s Round of 32. GEOFF FORESTERfile / Monitor Staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/9/2020 7:51:05 AM

Day three of the New Hampshire Golf Association’s 117th Amateur Championship showed, once again, that stroke play success and seedings don’t guarantee match play wins.

Nine-time champ Bob Mielcarz needed two birdies in the final four holes of match play on Tuesday just to sneak into the match play field of 64 as the No. 62 seed. That didn’t matter on Wednesday as Mielcarz handily beat No. 3 Dustin Moreault (Derryfield Country Club), 6-and-5, at the Nashua Country Club.

The 70-year-old Mielcarz (Concord Country Club) will face No. 30 Cameron Sheedy (Windham Country Club) in Thursday morning’s Round of 32 with a potential Thursday afternoon showdown against the winner of a match featuring two of the state’s most accomplished golfers - No. 14 Brett Wilson (The Golf Club of New England) and No. 19 Phil Pleat (Nashua Country Club).

Defending state am champ John DeVito (Passaconaway Country Club) also upped his game for match play. After shooting a 152 in the two rounds of stroke play (same as Mielcarz) and earning the No. 61 seed, DeVito beat No. 4 Pat Pelletier (Carter Country Club), a 2018 semifinalist, 4-and-2.

“Somebody said it best yesterday, this is the only tournament you can shoot 79 the first day and still possibly win it,” DeVito told the NHGA.

DeVito will now face two-time champ Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth Country Club), who beat Bow’s Doug Champagne (Concord CC), 2-up, on Wednesday.

A pair of former champs playing out of Beaver Meadow Golf Course also advanced on Wednesday – No. 12 Mark Stevens, the 2008 champ, and No. 26 Jim Cilley, who won in 2011 at Nashua CC. Stevens rolled to a 5-and-4 win against Bill Everett (Laconia Country Club) and will now face No. 44 Sam Natti (The Maplewood Country Club). Cilley beat Kevin Strong (Rochester Country Club), 3-and-1 and will meet No. 7 Harvin Croft (The Oaks Golf Links) in Thursday morning’s Round of 32.

Fletcher Sokul, a 2011 Bishop Brady graduate, advanced with a 6-and-5 win against Justin Grondahl (Th Golf Club of New England). No. 17 Fletcher (Abenaqui Country Club) will play No. 16 Eric McCoy (Nashua CC) on Thursday morning. No. 18 Kurt Eddins, a 2008 Concord High graduate, used a 5-and-4 win to beat Jared Lamothe (Portsmouth CC) and will met No. 50 Ryan Anderson (Laconia CC) in the Round of 32. Anderson upset No. 15 Craig Moran (Nashua CC) on Wednesday in 19 holes. And No. 11 Bobby Williams, a 2008 Kearsarge Regional graduate, beat Jeff Monahan (Green Meadow Golf Club), 5-and-4, to advance to a Round of 32 match against No. 43 Rick Moreau (Sky Meadow Country Club).

Jake Nutter (Concord CC), Will McLaughlin (Concord CC) and Scott Underhill (Canterbury Woods Country Club) all lost on Wednesday. The top two seeds – No. 1 James Pleat and No. 2 William Huang – both advanced to the Round of 32.




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