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Joe Leavitt wins New Hampshire Tournament of Club Champions

NHGA Tournament of Club Champions

NORTH SUTTON – Joe Leavitt didn’t need to use Saturday’s Tournament of Club Champions as a tune up like the rest of the 26-man field.

Fresh off his college season at the University of Rhode Island, the Atkinson Resort and Country Club golfer enters the New Hampshire Golf Association season warmed up and ready to go as is evidenced by Saturday’s one-stroke win at the Country Club of New Hampshire. ...

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NORTH SUTTON – Joe Leavitt didn’t need to use Saturday’s Tournament of Club Champions as a tune up like the rest of the 26-man field.

Fresh off his college season at the University of Rhode Island, the Atkinson Resort and Country Club golfer enters the New Hampshire Golf Association season warmed up and ready to go as is evidenced by Saturday’s one-stroke win at the Country Club of New Hampshire.

“I’m in midseason form,” Leavitt said. “A lot of these guys are still trying to shake the rust off. I think that gave me an advantage coming in.

“I hit the ball pretty good. I hit 15 greens. I don’t think my putting was where it should be, but all-around it was a good day.”

One of Leavitt’s playing partners, Nashua’s Brandon Gillis thought Leavitt’s putting was just fine.

“Joe was consistent off the tee and on the greens,” said Gillis, who plays out of Souhegan Woods Golf Club in Amherst. “He’s a great player, and he was able to put together a lot of good shots.”

Leavitt, Gillis and Concord Country Club’s Doug Champagne were within a stroke of each other early on. Then the par-5 13th hole created separation.

Gillis and Champagne triple-bogeyed the hole and Leavitt birdied it. He’d par 14, 15, 17 and 18 to close out with a 2-over par 74. He bested Loudon Country Club’s Ian Landry, Pembroke Pines Country Club’s Jim Cilley and Hanover Country Club’s Tyler Silver by one shot, as the trio tied for second with 3-over par 75s.

Green Meadow Golf Club champion Richard Dichard (5-over, 77) finished seventh, while Gillis and Merrimack native Josh Chamberlain, who plays out of Crotched Mountain Golf Club and Resort, tied for eighth with 6-over par 78s.

ountry Club’s Daniel Arvarnitis ran away with the Senior Division for his second-consecutive Tournament of Club Champions victory. His 3-under 69 was seven strokes better than runner-up John Esterbrook (4-over, 77) of Crotched Mountain.

Nashua Country Club’s senior representative, Thomas Bouchard, finished sixth with an 8-over par 80.