Eight Greater Nashua players still in State Am field

The match-play field at the 115th New Hampshire State Amateur Golf Championship was sliced in half on Tuesday.

Of the 32 players still alive and fighting for a title as play resumes on Wednesday morning at Hanover Country Club, eight of them represent clubs from the area.

With the state’s top amateurs raising their level of play, nothing came easy on Tuesday, and even less quarter will be granted the rest of the week.

Playing on his former college course, Nashua Country Club’s James Pleat, the No. 6 seed after stroke play, survived a tough battle with Marshall Halpin, closing him out on the 18th hole, 2-up. The course knowledge certainly helped Pleat.

“It’s definitely a collision of worlds, because I’ve played in the New Hampshire Amateur and this was also something separate,” Pleat told the N.H. Golf Association.

“But it was great. It’s definitely good to be back.”

Pleat’s dad, Phil, a three-time State Amateur champ, prevailed in one of two Tuesday battles featuring two area players.

Pleat went 19 holes to knock off Green Meadow GC’s Jeffrey Monahan.

No. 19 Richard Moreau of Sky Meadow Country Club defeated Passaconaway’s Jared Lamothe in the other, 2-and-1.

Overlook Golf Club’s Ryan Friel delivered one of Tuesday’s biggest

shockers. The No. 52 seed ousted No. 13 Nate Choukas, 1-up.

Brandon Gillis, the No. 4 seed out of Souhegan Woods, earned a 2-up win over Matt Keane to advance. No. 9 Jack Brown out of Nashua CC dug deep for a 1-up win over Kaetan Foster.

No. 11 Tommy Ethier of Nashua CC survived a tough battle with Atkinson’s Alec Brunelle, 2-and-1, while No. 35 John Devito eliminated Scott Doughty, 3-and-2.

Wednesday’s morning matches will feature Brown vs. James Kinnunen; Gillis vs. Ryan Thorpe; Phil Pleat vs. Ryan Quinn; Devito vs Ryan Tombs; Moreau vs. defending champ Jim Cilley; James Pleat vs. Sam Barton; Ethier vs. Jamie Ferullo; and Friel vs. MacGregor Thompson.

Winners in the morning flight will advance to the round of 16 in the afternoon.

Area players eliminated in the round of 64 included: John Duarte, who fell to Thorpe in 19 holes; Josh Chamberlain, Rob Zimmerman and Lamothe.