Martel aims for NH Golf Association State Amateur repeat
Martel, 21, begins defense of his 2013 championship when the 111th State Amateur tees off at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown a week from Monday on July 14.
Peter Harrity took the honors in 2002 and since then the winner each year has been a first-timer, which speaks not only to the level of competition, but the format of the tournament.
Martel was four holes down at the lunch break after 18 holes. He stormed back in the afternoon.
After 36 holes of stroke play over Monday and Tuesday, the tournament field is cut to the top 64 for match play that begins on Wednesday.
"They've done a lot of things to promote smoothness on the greens," Jelley said. "We don't expect them to be perfect, but hopefully they will be good enough and we'll be fine with them. Every place really comes back at a different pace and this year probably half the courses had damage, maybe more, and some came back quicker than others. I think the players will understand. Probably a few don't understand why we don't have perfect conditions every time. But we live in New Hampshire and it's tough up here some times."
Harrity, 55, has won 15 New Hampshire Women's Golf Association titles, the most recent in Hanover in 2002, but had always come up short in the New England Am.
She rallied on Wednesday on the last nine holes of the 54-hole tournament to hold off two of New England's best players, Tara Connelly and Pam Kuong of Massachusetts. Harrity posted an even-par 71-73-72-216. Connelly was a stroke back and Kuong was three behind Harrity.
One New England Am, in particular, haunted her.
Dedham, Mass., 1989.
"I led by a shot going up 18 and hit into a bunker and made bogey and lost the tournament, Harrity said. "It was an awful, awful feeling and I had it for years. I blew my only chance to win the New England Am. ... I never really got over it for a long time. This helped a lot."
A final note from the NHGA Junior Golf tournament contested at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem a couple of weeks ago.
"I'm always impressed when people do that and call a penalty on themselves," Jelley said. "That's what the game should be about, but it isn't always. He's probably been brought up right. I'm sure it wouldn't cross his mind to not say something."
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