2 reach Round of 32 at NH State Amateur
Salo, Martel won opening pairings of match play on Wednesday
Damon Salo watches a shot during Tuesday’s stroke play. Salo is the top
remaining seed entering today’s match play Round of 32 at the NH State Amateur after defeating Bill Evereyy 6 and 5 on Wednesday.
Mike Martel, seen during Tuesday’s stroke play, defeated David Sherbourne 3 and 2 on Wednesday to advance to the second round of match play today. Martel will play Jaime Ferullo.
When the week began, 144 golfers teed it up for the 110th New Hampshire State Amateur at the Golf Club of New England course in Stratham.
Now just 32 remain after Wednesday’s first round of match play.
Only two golfers, Joe Cooper and James Pleat, stood below par after the first two days of stroke play and both were eliminated on Wednesday, leaving Damon Salo of New Ipswich as the top remaining seed.
The par 72 course proved difficult through the first two days — with over half the field shooting a two-day total of at least plus-20.
Of the 144 players in the field, nine call courses in the Monadnock region their home. And after the first two days of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday, just five survived the cut for the top 64. When Wednesday’s match play came to a close, only Salo and Mike Martel of New Ipswich remained among the group battling to be named best in New Hampshire.
Each player shot 18 holes on Monday and another 18 on Tuesday. The two days scores were combined and the top 64 players advanced. The cut stood at plus-18 after Tuesday.
And while the Golf Club of New England created a lot of problems for the field, Salo was one of just six players to finish with a two-day total within three strokes of par.
Salo, who won the New England Interscholastic Golf Championship as a junior at Mascenic and helped the Vikings to three state titles, shot a three-over, 75, on Tuesday after posting an even-par, 72, on Monday — one of just five players to record a score of par or better on the day — to finish third overall entering Wednesday. And in the opening round of match play, Salo defeated Bill Everett 6 and 5 to advance to today’s Round of 32, where he will play Griffin Brown at 9:36 a.m. Brown defeated Joe Tolland 4 and 3.
After the first day, Salo stood in fifth place with four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the day. He was two-under at the turn after birdieing the fifth and sixth holes, but quickly dropped back to even with bogeys on 10 and 11. Salo went on to birdie 13, bogey 15 and birdie 16.
On Tuesday, Salo bogeyed the 10th and 18th holes to stand at two-over at the turn. He got within one stroke of par after his birdie on the third hole, but back-to-back bogeys on five and six left him at three-over.
Martel was one of just two players to shoot even par on Tuesday and tied for the second best round. Martel collected four birdies and four bogeys on the day. He was one over through the front nine with two birdies and three bogeys, but was one-under over the final nine holes and if not for a bogey on 18 he would have tied for the top score.
Martel was plus-10 on Monday and collected just one birdie and was ranked 26th overall entering match play on Wednesday. Martel won his opening match with David Sherbourne 3 and 2 and will play No. 7 Jamie Ferullo at 9:20 a.m. today.
If Salo and Martel win this morning, they will compete in another match play pairing later today.
Josh Chamberlain, who calls Crotched Mountain Golf Club home, posted back-to-back 79’s to finish the first two days at 14 over and was the 41st seed in the opening round of match play on Wednesday where he lost 7 and 5 to Chris Rivard.
Chamberlain began his week on the right note with two straight birdies on Monday and stood at one over after his first nine holes. Through 12 holes he was still at just one-over, but four bogeys and a double bogey put him at plus-7 after the opening day. On Tuesday, Chamberlain had one birdie, four bogeys and a double bogey.
John Esterbrook, who owns a pair of NH senior titles, rebounded from a rough end to Monday’s round and tough start to day two to finish of plus-14 overall.
Esterbrook finished with an 11 on the par 4 18th on Monday to watch his opening round balloon to a plus-10. Esterbrook then bogeyed his first three holes on Tuesday and made the turn at plus-16. But he settled down and birdied four holes over the final nine to finish 44th overall. But Esterbrook fell in the opening round of match play 6 and 5 to Ryan Kohler.
After going six-over on the front nine on Monday, Jamin Somero shot an ever par over the final nine holes to finish with a 78. But on Tuesday, Somero finished with five bogeys and three doubles for a two-day total of plus-17. He made the cut for match play as the 57th ranked player, but lost 5 and 3 to Nick Fairweather.
Richard Gray, who played at Franklin Pierce University, battled back from an 89 on the first day to shoot a plus-7 on Tuesday for a two-day total of plus-24. Gray was six shots off the cut.
Roman Ojala, who won the Division III individual title last fall as a freshman at Mascenic, was 13 over on Monday and 18 over on Tuesday. He was plus-31 for the tournament.
Aaron Slyman was 14 over on the first day and 19 over on day two to finish plus-33 in his first trip to the state amateur. Slyman had three birdies between his two rounds.
Kell Traffie shot a 98 on Monday and 93 on Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of plus-47.
The rounds of 32 and 16 are today, while the quarterfinals and semifinals will take place on Friday. The 36-hole finals are scheduled for Saturday.