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Martel, Salo, Kinnunen, Hollander make the cut at State Amateur tournament

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The NHGA state amateur golf tournament second round at Keene's Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jake Hollander wasn’t exactly where he wanted to be Tuesday afternoon as he dug his ball out of the tall grass on the fringes of the treacherous seventh hole at Bretwood’s North Course. Even on the day and approaching the end of the round, Hollander needed to step it up if he wanted a chance at making the round of 64. He took his drop and sent his ball up the fairway. 

“There’s a lot of golf left,” he said. 

Hollander would finish at 74, cutting five strokes off his Monday total for a two-round score of 153. That left him tied with six other golfers for the final six spots in the round of 64.

Hollander, seeded 63rd, was one of four locals who made the cut for the round of 64, which took place in Keene yesterday after press time. Now in match play, Hollander faced off against No. 2 John DeVito of Passaconway Country Club, who shot a stellar seven-under-par 137 over two days, tying him with No. 1 seed Matthew Paradis of Concord Country Club.

Michael Martel of Nashua Country Club used a booming drive that took the rest of his group aback to surge into 10th overall at 142 (-2) after two rounds. Martel, the 2013 State Am champ and a member of three straight Mascenic golf championship teams, was paired with Mike Blair of Bretwood as things got underway on Wednesday.

Cameron Salo had some home cooking on his side as he embarked on the course Tuesday afternoon. Not only was the New Ipswich product playing his home club of Bretwood, but he had brother Damon as forecaddie. With all that on his side, Salo shot a 146 (+2). He’d end up 20th, paired with Austin Fox (152, +8) in the round of 64.

Shattuck golfer James Kinnunen was right in the mix with his +7 151, which got him the 41st seed and a pairing with Brennen Gillis of Candia (147, +3).

Didn’t make the cut

Mack Seppela of the Shattuck finished only five strokes back of the round of 64, shooting a two-day 158 (+14).

Bryce Salo of Crotched Mountain also finished at a +14 158, out of the running.

And Roman Ojala, the former Mascenic state champ now golfing at Bethel College, was ready to switch over to a career in tennis after shooting a +17 161.

NHGA State Amateur competition continued yesterday and concludes Saturday.

Look for results from local golfers in next Tuesday’s Ledger-Transcript.