Gillis, Ethier fall in New Hampshire State Am Golf tourney

The amazing statement made by the new breed in local golf came to an end Thursday in the 115th New Hampshire State Amateur. Ah, but what a ride it was.

Nashua’s Tommy Ethier and Brandon Gillis, a pair of young guns on the collegiate golf scene, won in the morning and fell in tight semifinals in the afternoon, falling a win short of Friday’s 36-hole final for the title.

Gillis, the Wake Forest University sophomore-to-be, might have been the most consistent player at Hanover Country Club all week.

The Souhegan Woods GC player busted out of the gate Thursday morning and dominated his quarterfinal with Ryan Brown of Manchester Country Club, closing him out on the 15th green, 4-and-3.

Gillis just couldn’t carry the momentum into the afternoon match with top seed Pat Pelletier of Carter Country Club.

The aspiring Demon Deacon tried to play catch-up. He evened things at the tun but a Pelletier birdie on the 12th gave him the lead for good.

Pelletier, who golfs for URI, prevailed, 2-and-1.

Ethier, a first-team All-Northeast-10 selection for Bentley University as a freshman, was in a dogfight from the start in the morning quarterfinal with Ryan Tombs.

The Bishop Guertin grad worked overtime, taking the match in 19 holes, but was forced to head right back out to face Matt Paradis in the semis.

With Paradis up a hole on the back nine, the two matched scores until 17, where the Southern New Hampshire University star closed it out, 2-and-1.

Paradis and Pelletier will play a 36-hole match on Friday to decide the title. It is Paradis’ third straight trip to the finals.

Talk about a powerhouse State Am.