Paradis breaks through, wins State Amateur

Give Matt Paradis credit for grinding.

Facing one of the toughest draws on the match-play tree, the Concord Country Club star plowed through some top names along the way to Friday’s final in the 115th New Hampshire State Amateur Championship at Hanover Country Club.

He survived a 19-hole semifinal classic with Nashua’s Tommy Ethier on Thursday. And on Friday, he faced the fact that he had lost in the last two finals of this tournament as well.

This time, Paradis delivered the victory, the Southern New Hampshire University standout knocked off Pat Pelletier, 6-and-5, for the 2018 title. Paradis just let it fly this time around and found an old, reliable friend along the way, his putter.

“I just figured I’d stay aggressive out there,” he told the New Hampshire Golf Association. “I felt confident enough in my swing … I haven’t made (long putts) all year in the rounds that I have played. To be able to drop three of them in this match is huge. It’s pretty lucky.”

Paradis, who won six of the first 10 holes Friday, was six-under par in the first 18, building an insurmountable lead. Pellettier had a great run that included a semifinal win over Souhegan GC’s

Brandon Gillis.