Hadges wins his Eighth Southeastern Amateur

BROCKTON - Thorny Lea Golf Course's John Hadges has played his home course thousands of times, and made tens of thousands of putts on its greens. He knows the location of every hump and bump, and knows their speed
as well as he knows the speed limit on his own street. So when Hadges lined up a six-foot par putt on Thorny
Lea's par-4 18th in Sunday's final round of the Southeastern Amateur Championship, which he needed to avoid
a playoff with Dennis Pines GC's Kevin Carey and capture the Southeastern Am title, the prevailing feeling amongst the sizable gallery that braved the cold and windy weather to gather outside the cubbhouse was that he'd roll it
right into the center of the cup. That's what he did.

Hadges made the par to finish with a 5-over-par 75, which was good enough to beat Carey by one and earn the Roger Barry Patriot Ledger Trophy. For Hadges, it's his eighth Southeastern Am title. It also marks the second
time in his career that he's won when Thorny Lea hosted the final round. He also achieved the feat in 1984, the
last time Thorny Lea hosted the final round.

Hadges' Massachusetts Am victory in July ranks as his most signif-icant title of 2010, but he said that the Southeastern Am will always be his favorite tournament.

"I think that's
a big part of why I've done so well here," Hadges said. "I really enjoy this tournament."

Norton CC's Ryan Riley shot 76 to finish third, while South Shore CC's Tom Czarnota and Hatherly CC's Hunter Talcott finished tied for fourth, shooting 73 and 76 respectively. Carey captured the Dick Lambert Cup for winning the Senior Division, while South Shore CC's David Pomarico took home the Fordie Pitts Cup for winning the Super Senior Division. Thorny Lea captured the team championship.

Hadges looked like he might run away from the rest of the field early, as his closest competitors fell off the pace after struggling on the front nine. But a pair of birdies by Carey on the 10th and 11th holes, combined with a pair
of bogeys by Hadges on the ninth and 10th, put Carey back in contention. Carey pulled even with Hadges several times on the back, including after a birdie on the 16th. But he bogeyed the 17th, forcing him to make birdie on
the 18th to put pressure on Hadges. He put his second shot on the green, but missed the lengthy birdie putt and had to settle for par.

Carey was pleased with his finish, but lamented too many missed oportunities throughout the tournament. He bogeyed three of his final five holes Saturday at Braintree after being 3-under through 10, and double-bogeyed
the par-3 ninth at Thorny Lea.

"I didn't lose it today, I lost it the last two days," Carey said. "It was good to be in the hunt. I wish I was going
down the first fairway (in a playoff). I almost got one for the old guys.

Hadges entered the final round with only one bogey in 36 holes. But he quickly added to that total, making
bogeys on the second, third and fourth holes.

"It was a tough day," Hadges said. "The weather made it difficult, but I didn't really play that well, regardless
of the weather. I was fighting it all day, and the weather just accentuated the bad shots.

Hadges took a two-shot lead after sticking his iron shot to a foot on 16 and making birdie, but gave it right
back with a bogey on 17. On that hold, Hadges feared the wind might move his ball and force him to take a
penalty stroke, so he rushed his routine.

"I kind of quick-hit it," Hadges said.

On the 18th, Hadges' course knowledge came in handy. faced with a short chip shot that he had to get up and
down in order to make par and avoid a playoff, he walked back to his bag to switch clubs, because he knew the exact distance he needed to carry the ball to give him a makeable putt. Not only was the putt he left himself straight, but it was against the wnd which allowed him to be more aggressive on Thorny Lea's fast greens.

"Putting back up into the wind made a big difference, instead of being six feet short and putting with the wind
at your back," Hadges said.

This article, written by Nate Crossman, was published on October 4, 2010 in The Patriot Ledger.