State Am opens; full field playing Monday

Day 1 of the 115th New Hampshire State Amateur is in the books, and the battle for positioning is absolutely on.

The full field tees it up Monday morning in Round 2 of stroke play at Hanover Country Club with one of 64 match-play spots on each player’s mind.

Those top qualifiers will begin phase two of the event, match play, which commences on Tuesday and continues through the week, with the 36-hole championship final on Friday.

Round 1 co-leaders Matt Paradis of Concord Country Club and Ryan Brown of Manchester Country Club lead the field into Monday’s second round. Each carded superb rounds of four-under par 67 for the lead.

The region was well-represented on Day 1 with Brandon Gillis alone in fifth. The Souhegan Woods standout shot 69.

Nashua Country Club’s Tommy Ethier was in a tie for eighth place at 70, while clubmate James Pleat, the former Dartmouth College state, was level par at 71.

Here’s a look at the area entries and where they stand heading into Monday.

5. Brandon Gillis, Souhegan Woods 69

T6. Tommy Ethier, Nashua CC 70

T8. James Pleat, Nashua CC 71

T11. Jack Brown, Nashua CC 72

T11. John Devito, Passaconaway GC 72

T11. Jared Lamothe, Passaconaway GC 72

T19. John Duarte, Green Meadow GC 73

T29. Chris Girouard, Amherst CC 74

T29. Jeff Monahan Green Meadow GC 74

T43. Rob Zimmerman, Nashua CC 75

T43. Austin Baker, Nashua CC 75

T52. Josh Chamberlain, Stonebridge CC 76

T58. Gunnar Senatore, Amherst CC 77

T58. Phil Pleat, Nashua CC 77

T76. Dylan Lortie, Amherst CC 78

T76. Ryan Friel, Overlook CC 78

T76. Kevin Gaynor, Souhegan Woods 78

T91. Colin McCaigue, Amherst CC 79

T97. Mike Cole, Amherst CC 80

T103. Curtis Collopy, Hidden Creek 81

T103. Justin Maguire, Amherst CC 81

T110. Taylor Scott, Nashua CC 82

T114. Shawn Lortie, Amherst CC 83

T114. Paul Torri, Sky Meadow CC 83

T114. Andy Page, Green Meadow GC 83

T129. Derek Leclair, Nashua CC 85

T132. Byron Brandes, Amherst CC 86

T136. Richard Dichard, Souhegan Woods 87

141. Scott Killam, Hidden Creek 92

143. Kevin Devine, Souhegan Woods 102