Rivard rolls to City Golf crown

A month after regaining his amateur status, Hudson golfer Chris Rivard has another trophy for his case.

Rivard captured the Nashua City Golf Tournament on Sunday, and did it in style, shooting a 3-under 68 at Nashua Country Club.

Coupled with his even par 72 on Saturday at Green Meadow, his two-round score of 140 was nine strokes better than runner-up and defending champion Ryan Friel of the Overlook in Hollis, who captured last year’s tournament by 10 strokes.

“I love Nashua Country Club,’’ said the 33-year-old Rivard, who moved to Hudson twoy ears ago. “I just have an eye for the course and I love putting the greens there.’’

Rivard, who grew up in the Manchester area, won the Manchester City Tournament in 2003. He turned professional shortly after winning the New Hampshire Golf Association’s Stroke Play title in 2006.

Rivard was the State Am runner-up in 2000, falling in the finals to Concord’s Bob Mielcarz at Bretwood Golf Club in Keene.Rivard also has a NHGA Junior title to his credit, in 1996.

Sunday’s round included five birdies and two bogeys. Three of those birdies came on thefirst seven holes.

“From that point on I had a good lead and just tried to stay consistent,’’ Rivard said.

Friel was second with round of 74 and 75. Tied for third at 152 were Rob Zimmerman and ChrisMader. Randy Bragg captured the senior title with a 153, and was in a three-waytie for fifth overall with Andy Page and Greg Sutcliffe.

Tied for ninth at 154 were Steve Lane, Wayne Morris, Bob Grassetti and Jim Moniz.

The event raised over $11,000 for the Golf Fight Cancer charity.