Imagine having a career climax on a big stage.

Portsmouth’s Peter Lown doesn’t have to imagine it, he actually had such an uplifting experience last year after shooting a 7-under 64 in the first round of qualifying at the New Hampshire Golf Association State Amateur in North Conway Country Club.

“Everyone in the state played that day,” he said. “There were 156 guys playing and I was leading by three. It was a big confidence booster and gave me confidence that I could beat anyone. I know I can beat anyone if I’m at my best. That’s sort of what has guided me throughout the past year. Even when things are bad, I know I can have a day like this out of nowhere.

Lown reached the quarter-finals of match play where he was down two holes with two to play. He birdied 17 to draw less than one, but failed to extend the game by putting three putts in the 18th.

“It keeps me going,” he said. “I can’t wait for State Am this year and get redemption. … I was really proud of the way I played last year, so I’m taking that with me.

Lown hopes to keep the vibes going when he plays Friday morning in the first round of the 42nd annual Seacoast Amateur Golf Championship at York, Maine, Golf & Tennis Club.

He will play in his fourth Seacoast Am. He made the cut in the previous three with his best result last year.

“I love competitive golf,” Lown said. “It’s a ton of fun. There aren’t many tournaments where you can go to three different courses. I really like this look. »

The second round on Saturday will be played at Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth with the third and final round on Sunday at Wentworth By The Sea Country Club in Rye.

Lown will be part of a line Friday that will include Craig Steckowych and Nick McLaughlin. Steckowych won three Seacoast Ams and McLaughlin two. McLaughlin played Division I college golf at the University of Virginia.

Lown recently finished his junior season at Division III Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where this spring he finished second in two tournaments.

“I love it (there),” he said. “Our conference is one of the most competitive conferences in all of Division III. There are four very high quality teams. It’s great fun because there’s always good competition and good players. Coming back and playing in State Am is even better competition, I think.

Lown even convinced Oyster River’s Jack Poitras that he would be a perfect fit for Dickinson academically and athletically.

“I was a little shocked when he said he was going to apply, but he applied and he’s coming,” Lown said. “I can’t wait to get him involved. He will be a good addition to our team. »

Going further in last year’s State Am exempted Lown from qualifying for next month’s New England Amateur in Rhode Island.

But right now he’s focused on Seacoast Am where the first four groups out on Friday include seven players who have combined for 14 titles led by Brett Wilson of Dover with an all-time high of five. Previous winners Harvin Groft, Will Delano, Kevin Strong and Mike Mahan are also in the 102 field.

“I think it’s important to note that this is an amateur tournament and anything can happen,” Lown said. “If I go out to York on Friday and shoot 80 or something, I’m definitely not beside myself.”

Ryan Quinn of North Hampton, winner last year, is recent proof of this. After shooting an 80 in the first round, he rallied the next two days and prevailed by nine strokes with a three-day score of 3 over par.

“You don’t have to do anything fancy, just get up and down, hit good tee shots and keep the ball in play,” Lown said. “You just have to be somewhere around par after three days. I definitely aim to win this tournament at some point in my life.

Quinn, however, won’t be back to defend his title after turning pro last winter. Coincidentally, he will play the New Hampshire Open this weekend at Breakfast Hill Golf Club in Greenland, his home course of which Lown is also a member.

“He should be a favorite,” Lown said. “He has the game. He knows his way there. There will be no surprises. He knows exactly what he’s going to do. »

In previous years, Lown represented First Tee of New Hampshire, where he got his start in golf as a youngster.

“First Tee is amazing,” he said. “They taught me that it doesn’t really matter how you play, it’s just a game you can play all your life. They kind of inspired me to take it more seriously, I think.