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NHGA Junior Tour opens Monday at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands

School’s out for summer, and it’s just in time for the start of the New Hampshire Golf Association’s junior season.

Beginning Monday at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem, the state’s top high schoolers kick off the 2014 NHGA Golf and Ski Warehouse Junior Golf Tour with the three-day championship event. ...

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School’s out for summer, and it’s just in time for the start of the New Hampshire Golf Association’s junior season.

Beginning Monday at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem, the state’s top high schoolers kick off the 2014 NHGA Golf and Ski Warehouse Junior Golf Tour with the three-day championship event.

It’s the first year of a new partnership between the NHGA and Golf and Ski Warehouse. Both parties are excited about the merger, which is expected to promote and create more junior events in the coming years.

Scott Peters, president of Golf and Ski Warehouse, can’t wait for the first day of action.

“Our goal is to grow the game of golf in New Hampshire and throughout northern New England,” Peters said. “Junior golf is the perfect avenue to make that happen. Hopefully our involvement will increase participation and enhance the junior golf program in New Hampshire.”

This summer, including the Junior Championship, consists of 16 events broken down into two divisions.

There are six Birdie Division events, which are nine-hole tournaments for males aged 10-12 and females aged 10-13. The Eagle Division, 18-hole tournaments for boys aged 13-17 and girls aged 14-17.

There is also the Hoodkroft Open on Friday and the season-ending NHJGA Invitational at Montcalm Golf Club on Aug. 21.

STATE AM QUALIFYING

Qualifying season is in full swing, and more Greater Nashua golfers are locking up spots for the July 14-19 State Am. On June 10 at Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield, three locals qualified. Coincidentally, all three teed off together at 9 a.m.

Sky Meadow Country Club’s Jim Cardoso, Amherst Country Club’s Steve Laterza and Green Meadow Golf Club’s Richard
Dichard finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 9-over par 81. That’s eight strokes behind the top score of 73, posted by Hanover Country Club’s Zach Temple.

At Concord Country Club on June 16, Nashua Country Club’s Rob Zimmerman Jr. (fourth, 6-over 76) and Amherst Country Club’s Justin Benson (10th, 8-over 78) made the cut. Leading the field in a three-way tie for first with an 4-over 74 were Derryfield Country Club’s Ryan Sylvester, Intervale Country Club’s Sean Lacey, Sean and Manchester Country Club’s Scott Underhill.

At Canterbury Woods Country Club on June 17, six more area players qualified.

Making the cut were Green Meadow’s Justin Jennings (third, 2-under 70) and Mark Brogan (27th, 7-over 79); Nashua CC’s Ryan Brogan (sixth, 1-over 73) and Tommy Ethier (30th, 8-over 80); Souhegan Woods’ Patrick Paulson (12th, 2-over 74); and Amherst CC’s Brian Nowak (30th, 8-over 80).

Top scores of the day were posted by the Derryfield CC duo of Makenzie Denver and David Sherborne, who finished tied for first with 3-under 69s.

The last qualifying round is scheduled to run in conjunction with the opening round of Junior Championship play on Monday at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem.

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 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 visit stjosephhospital.com/Golf-Tournament.

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).