Matt Paradis is Named Union Leader Athlete of the Month
Matt Paradis has been named Union Leader player of the Month, Kid is an absolute stud
Matt Paradis proved something to himself last month.
After finishing as the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship runner-up each of the previous two summers, the Hooksett resident won the 115th edition of the tournament at Hanover Country Club on July 13. Following that victory, Paradis added to his summer of success with a top-three finish at the New England Amateur Championship and by qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
For his performances at both the state and New England amateur championships and for qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, Paradis was named the July Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center/Express MED Athlete of the Month by the New Hampshire Union Leader Board of Judges.
Paradis, a Concord CC member, entered the State Am’s Round of 64 as the second seed and defeated five golfers before reaching the final for a third consecutive summer. The Southern New Hampshire University junior defeated Carter CC’s Pat Pelletier, the tournament’s top seed who previously called Hanover CC his home course, 6 and 5, over 36 holes to capture his first State Am crown.
“It was a proving point to myself that I can win,” Paradis said. “It’s tough getting so close then losing by a few shots. … Finally (winning) was awesome.”
The Manchester Central graduate grabbed the lead in the championship match early, finishing with a 4-under-par on the front nine and holding a 5-up lead at the turn.
“I think it was just everything coming together,” Paradis said of his performance against Pelletier. “Everything felt good. I was hitting the ball pretty close with my irons and wedges. I think it really just came together that whole day and whole week basically.”
Paradis said winning the State Am helped boost his confidence, which he displayed three days later when he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship. Contending among 83 other golfers, Paradis earned a two-round total of 143 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass., on July 16 to secure one of three qualifying spots for the tournament that were up for grabs that day.
Paradis was tied for the lead after shooting a 2-under 69 in the first round before earning a 3-over 74 in the second round on Taconic GC’s par-71 course, earning the third and final qualifying spot.
“I knew after the first round I was in contention and I just told myself to hang on and play smart,” Paradis told the NHGA regarding his U.S. Amateur qualifier.
Paradis went on to shoot a 6-over 149 over two rounds, failing to make the playoff cut, at the U.S. Amateur, which took place at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and Spyglass Hill GC, earlier this month.
Before heading to Pebble Beach, Paradis finished in a three-way tie for third place at the 89th New England Amateur, which Portland (Maine) CC hosted July 17-19. He shot a 1-under 209 over three rounds. Reese McFarlane, of Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, won the title with a 4-under 206
I could write some shit on here, but bottom line is that this kid basically won every event he played in and or around NH. Although he did just sneak by Tim Baines in the first round of the NH Amateur match play, but rolled through after that near hiccup. Congrats to Matt and good luck this upcoming season at SNHU.