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Josh Chamberlain has his game face on for 2014 NHGA season

Local Golf Journal

So-so weather hasn’t hindered Josh Chamberlain from finding time to play a round of golf. Compared to other Granite State golfers, this spring has been kind to the Merrimack native, who now lives in New Boston.

“It’s been crazy the last few springs and summers,” Chamberlain said. “Between my wife being pregnant and moving, there wasn’t much time for golf. So when I was in an event I wasn’t as comfortable and didn’t have many rounds under my belt. ...

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So-so weather hasn’t hindered Josh Chamberlain from finding time to play a round of golf. Compared to other Granite State golfers, this spring has been kind to the Merrimack native, who now lives in New Boston.

“It’s been crazy the last few springs and summers,” Chamberlain said. “Between my wife being pregnant and moving, there wasn’t much time for golf. So when I was in an event I wasn’t as comfortable and didn’t have many rounds under my belt.

“This spring I’ve been able to get in more practice. This will be the first summer in a while that I’ll be playing some golf and more prepared for the bigger events.”

He teed off in the 2013 State Am at Golf Club of New England in Stratham just two weeks removed from his wife, Meghan Chamberlain, delivering the couple’s third child, Elias.

Coming off a State Am final appearance in 2009, there were high hopes for a big run in 2010. But, instead of celebrating a State Am title, the Chamberlains were blessed with the birth of their first child, Reagan. Their daughter’s birth forced Chamberlain to withdraw the day before play opened at the 107th State Am at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham.

He returned to State Am action again in 2011, once again with a pregnant wife, and reached the Round of 16 at Nashua Country Club before losing 5 and 4 to Alstead’s Ryan Kohler. The couple’s son Ezra was born a month later.

“I couldn’t be happier with how things have worked out,” Chamberlain said. “I’ve got three beautiful children. I’m sure people are wondering if four is on its way this summer.”

The only thing apparently on the way from the Chamberlain household is a determined golfer, who is putting in some quality time on the links to get back to championship form. Throughout last summer’s NHGA tournament season, Chamberlain never seemed happy with his game.

There were parts that worked when others didn’t, but nothing ever seemed to be functioning at the same time.

“Right now I’m hitting pretty good,” Chamberlain said. “I’m actually hitting the ball pretty well. I’m hitting better this spring than in the last three or four years.”

His improved game was put on display at Kingswood Golf Club in Wolfeboro on May 18, as he and Kohler teamed up to win the 2014 NHGA Spring Four Ball Gross Division title with a 5-under par 67. Bob Davis and Greg Sargent won the Net Division with a net 11-under 61.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun,” Chamberlain said about being paried with Kohler. “We have the perfect personalities to compliment each other out there on the course. As well as I feel I’ve been hitting, I have to give him credit. I think he had most of the big shots for us.”

Next up for Chamberlain is a Saturday morning trip to Sutton for the NHGA Tournament of Club Champions at the Country Club of New Hampshire.

Chamberlain, who represents Crotched Mountain Golf Club and Resort in Francestown, will be teeing of at 8:30 with Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth Country Club) and Jim Cilley (Pembroke Pines Country Club).

They are three in a field of 26, which also includes locals Thomas Bouchard (Nashua Country Club), Richard Dichard (Green Meadow Golf Club) and Brandon Gills (Souhegan Woods Golf Club).

Bouchard is looking forward to kicking off his golf season with some of the state’s best. He’s also representing Nashua Country Club in the event for the first time.

“I’m very excited,” Bouchard said. “Based on the field I’m part of, this will be a good day of golf. It’s very exciting to play with these guys.

“I’m as ready as I can be. Nashua Country Club opened real late, I mean real late this year. So I’ve been getting in as much time as I can. It will be a great chance to compare my game against theirs.”

Bouchard tees off with Bo Harris (Intervale Country Club) and Kevin Doherty (Manchester Country Club) at 8:10.

Gillis tees off at 8:40 along with Doug Champagne (Concord Country Club) and Joe Leavitt (Atkinson Resort and Country Club), while Dichard’s threesome of Charlie McNeeley (Country Club of New Hampshire) and Richard Peek (Farmington Country Club) strikes the ball at 9:10.

“As long as it gets above 50,” Bouchard said, “I think we’ll all be happy to get this season started.”

State Am qualifying

Amherst Country Club’s Michael Cole had the best finish of Greater Nashua golfers in the first State Am qualifying round on May 20.

Cole finished two strokes behind Tim Manwaring of Bretwood Golf Course and one behind runner-up Chris Kelloway of Portsmouth Country Club at Souhegan Woods Golf Club in Amherst. Cole’s 2-over par 74 was good for third and nine strokes better than the qualifying cut off mark.

Also making the cut were Souhegan Woods’ Alan Bell (6-over, 78), Nashua Country Club’s Christopher Miele (7-over, 79), Souhegan Woods’ Michael Jensen (9-over, 81) and Souhegan Woods’ Curt Graham (10-over, 82).

Just missing the cut was Souhegan Woods’ Kevin Gaynor and Nashua Country Club’s Jack Brown, who both finished with an 11-over par 83.

Charity round

DCU for Kids Charity Golf Classic:The golf tournament, put on by DCU for Kids and the Boomer Esiason Foundation, is scheduled for June 24 at Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua. Golfers will be served breakfast, lunch, dinner, free beverages and cigars. For attending, golfers will receive a gift and entries for the raffle prizes. Golf spots are awarded based on sponsorship levels. Spots not included in sponsorship are $500 per slot. Visit www.dcuforkids.org for more information or to register.

18 Holes to Save Flints Pond: The Flint Pond Improvement Association is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Amherst Country Club on June 27. This exciting event is focused on raising awareness and support for Flints Pond, a 50 acre public pond conveniently located in Hollis. Cost is $125 per golfer. Register online at flintspond.org for a day full of fun, great food, contests, and prizes.

Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament: The Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament, scheduled for July 21 at Nashua Country Club, is held each year in an effort to raise money for important hospital programs. This year’s event will benefit the St. Marguerite d’Youville Charitable Fund, which provides individuals and families that are in need with free or discounted medical care and financial assistance, and the Childbirth Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua. The registration fee is $250 per player, which includes greens fee, cart, driving range use, lunch, drink ticket and dinner. There are also sponsorship level opportunities, as well as advertising opportunities. For more information and for registration visit stjosephhospital.com/Golf-Tournament.

The 15th annual New Hampshire Troopers Association Golf Classic: A tournament to raises funds for college scholarships, crisis assistance to members, donations to good causes, and to help in the event of the loss of one of their members is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start on July 28 at Canterbury Woods Country Club. There is room for 36 four-man teams totaling 144 golfers at a cost of $500 per four-man team – or $800 per team for an elite team option. The price includes 18 holes of golf, cart, meal and awards. Elite teams will receive limited edition gifts only given to this team. Email golf@nhtroopers.org for registration information.

The Local Golf Journal is a regular feature in The Telegraph. To discuss a potential journal topic or to report charity tournaments and aces, contact George Scione at 594-6520 or gscione@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Scione on Twitter (@Telegraph_BigG).