Tombs tops qualifying at State Am

Editor’s note: The New Hampshire Amateur Championship continued with match play Wednesday and Thursday, but results were not available by Bedford Journal press time.

LACONIA – On a day when there was barely any hint of a breeze at Laconia Country Club, Ryan Tombs blew away the field during the second day of stroke play qualifying in the 113th State Amateur Championship.

The Bedford resident and Manchester Country Club member shot a 7-under par 65 on Tuesday to grab the top seed heading into Wednesday’s Round of 64. His two-day total of 9-under 135 was six strokes better than Jim Cilley (70-71-141, 3-under), of Tilton and Ridgewood Country Club.

Other Manchester Country Club members to reach the match play portion of the tournament include: Jeremy Duhamel (two-day total of 154), Ryan Brown (151), Nathan Gardner (151), Kyle Wallace (156), Roger Larrivee (156),David Larrivee (151), Patrick McGinley (153) and Ryan Lebrun (154).

Day 1 leader Austin Fox, of Hooksett and Legends Golf NH, fell into a three-way tie for fourth at 1-under 143 along with host-club favorite Chris Houston, of Gilford, and Concord Country Club’s Matt Paradis, of Hooksett. Junior champion James McKee, of Windham and Windham Country Club, qualified for the third seed with a 2-under 142.

The top qualifier from Greater Nashua was Josh Kibbe. The Nashua resident and Green Meadow Golf Club member, who opened with a 1-over par 75 on Tuesday, shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday to finish in a three-way tie for seventh with an even-par 144. His two-day total equaled that of defending champion Connor Greenleaf, of Windham and Windham Country Club, and Damon Salo, of New Ipswich and Bretwood Golf Club.

"Both days were a little scrappy for me," Kibbe said. "I got lucky on Day 1, after double bogeying the ninth hole, I was able to close out with two of my three birdies and save the round."

Tuesday, Kibbe had three more birdies and no bogeys to earn himself one of the top seeds heading into match play.

After six playoff holes the four-way field was cut to two, leaving Chamberlain against Keene’s Mike Blair, who missed his 5-foot putt for par on the 18th green (eighth playoff hole) setting up Chamberlain for the win from 3 feet away. He sank his putt to set up a 7 a.m. Wednesday tee time with Tombs.

Pairings and tee times for the Round of 64 can be found at nhgolfassociation.org.