Central senior Paradis picks up city golf crown
The Manchester Men's Golf Championship saw Matt Paradis capture the title at Manchester Country Club. Paradis is shown teeing off on the fifth hole at Intervale Country Club in an earlier round on Sunday. (UNION LEADER/THOMAS ROY)
The Hooksett golfer won the Men’s City Golf Championship on Monday after blazing through the challenging Manchester Country Club layout with a 4-under par 68 for a three-day total of 207.
As winner, Paradis gets a trophy and $550 pro shop credit. He also won the low junior award, good for another trophy and $100 pro shop credit.
Jake Nutter of MCC was second, seven strokes behind Paradis at 214. Sean Lacey of Intervale was third. David Sherborne of Derryfield fourth. Kyle Badger of Intervale was fifth. Austin Fox of Intervale, last year’s winner, finished sixth. Twelve-time winner Danny Arvanitis of Derryfield finished seventh and was the senior champion.
Tara Watt of Derryfield won the women’s title on Sunday.
The win was a great way for Paradis, a two-time NHIAA runner-up to college-bound Chelso Barrett, to gear up for the school year, which starts Wednesday.
Paradis, who also took home low junior honors, was under par each day of the tournament. He shot 1-under par 69 on Saturday at his home course, Derryfield Country Club, and followed that up with a 1-under par 71 at Intervale Country Club on Sunday. He arrived at MCC on Monday with a one-stroke advantage.
“I hit the ball well,” Paradis said of his Monday round, “ and the greens were nice so I ended up rolling in a lot of putts.”
Paradis set the tone for his day on the first hole. He hit a tree with his drive and, with more than 300 yards between himself and the green, had to lay up. But he got up and down from 100 yards to save par, and he was on his way.
Couple that with a double-bogey at the first by Nutter, Paradis’ nearest challenger, and it turned into a smooth day for the winner.
“I was pretty comfortable, relaxed,” Paradis said. “I had a good caddie (his uncle Bob Vigneault), so he definitely put me in a good mood.”
This is Paradis’ second year playing in the city tournament. And his win comes at the end of a productive summer, as he won five NHGA tournaments and placed fifth at the New England junior event.
Being such a youthful winner earned Paradis some good-natured ribbing from the more veteran players. And he enjoyed all of it.
“It’s awesome. I got a lot of recognition. I met a lot of people this week,” he said.
He also proved he belongs with the big boys.
“Oh, yeah,” he said. “I’d say so.”
Matt Paradis 207; Jake Nutter 214; Sean Lacey 216; David Sherbourne 217; Kyle Badger 218; Austin Fox 219; Dan Arvanitis 221; David Larrivee 222; Scott Underhill 224; Ted Foster 225; Bo Harris 225; Ken Prince 226; Roger Larrivee 228; Kevin Doherty 230; Tom Mareno 230;
Jeff Sullivan 231; Ray Badger 232; Tim Baines 233; Shane Glennon 233; Marc Fortin 233; Allen Pattee 234; Pat McGinley 234; Chris Stamoulis 235; David Kane 235; Bennett Doherty 235; Ryan Cowette 236; Nate Gardner 236;
Ross Oberg 237; Michael Allen 237; Tom Thornton 238; Barry Hammer 239; Brian Cullity 239; Bryan McKeon 240; Rick Morse 240; Patrick Mahan 240; Sean Reardon 241; Derek Mahoney 241; Brendan O’Sullivan 242; Justin Clutter 246; Roger Godin 250; Paul Brassard 251; Beau Breton (DNF)
On the women’s side, Tara Watt of Derryfield CC fired a 72 on Sunday at her home course to finish with a two-day total of 152 and beat runnerup Andrea Morrell of Derryfield by three strokes. Morrell, who, like Watt had an 80 on Saturday at Intervale CC, fired a 75 on Sunday.
The women’s senior champ was Louise Billy of Derryfield, who carded rounds of 83 and 86.
Senior champ: Louise Billy, 169.
First flight: First gross, Karen McBarron 167; second gross, Colette Charpentier 173; tie, first net, Joanna Teas, 147, and Donna Haggis, 147.
Second flight: First gross, Liz Lafferty, 176. Peg Tosi, 183; first net, JoAnn Carswell, 143; second net, Terry Bressler, 147.
Third flight: First gross, Sandy Gunski, 185; second gross, Ginny Sinclair, 194; first net, Donna Anthony, 131; second net, Eileen Conway, 146.