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Josh Kibbe in Stroke Tournament play at Green Meadow in Hudson Thursday, August 4, 2011.
Long run of tourneys begins in May
Now that spring is here and the swing is rounding into form after some of the earliest course openings in state history, it’s time to look ahead to the schedule for statewide competitions.
The New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) has announced a full slate of events running from May to September.
Kingswood Golf Club in Wolfeboro will host the first two tournaments: The Tournament of Club Champions on May 12 and the following day will be the site of the Spring Four Ball.
Qualifying for the prestigious State Amateur also begins in May. The first one scheduled for May 24 at Lake Sunapee Country Club and the second on May 29 at Souhegan Woods in Amherst.
The Players Championship will be June 2 and 3 at the beautiful Baker Hill Golf Club in the Dartmouth-Hanover region.
Nippo Lake Golf Club hosts a State-Am qualifier on June 5 and the State Four Ball will be a two-day event on June 9 at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonboro and June 10 at Canterbury Woods.
More State-Am qualifiers will be June 13 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Goffstown, June 19 at Canterbury Woods and June 25 at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem, which will also host the NHGA Junior Championship on June 26 and 27.
The state’s premier competition, the 109th NHGA State Amateur Championship will be a week-long affair, starting Monday, July 9 and running until the final match on Saturday, July 14.
The NHGA has a history of having the finest clubs in New Hampshire host this event and this year is no exception.
Concord Country Club, a 1927 gem designed by New Hampshire native Ralph Barton, will give up their course for the week so the best amateur in the state can be identified.
The event is open to males who are members in good standing of member NHGA Clubs and who are legal residents of New Hampshire.
An eligible non-resident can play in NHGA Championships if he has been a member in good standing of an NHGA member club for the last three complete golf seasons and has played a minimum of 25 rounds of golf at this club in each of the three seasons.
A letter signed by the President of the member club must accompany his first entry, stating that the player complies with NHGA eligibility requirements. Entries are subject to approval or rejection at any time by the NHGA. Entrants must have an up-to-date NHGA/USGA GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 9.0 – GHIN index maximum does not apply to past champions or exempt players.
Deadline for entries is May 16, postmark date, or in-hand delivery at the office or when a field of 360 is reached – post entries will be accepted if space is available.
The following players are exempt from pre-qualifying for this year: Dan Arvanitis, Chelso Barrett, Ryan Brogan, Josh Chamberlain, Jim Cilley, MacKenzie Denver, Codi Daudelin, Chris Durocher, Dylan Evans, Ryan Friel, John Gimas, Pat Gocklin, Nick Kalil, Chris Kelloway, Josh Kibbe, Ryan Kohler, Bob Landry, Steve Lane, DJ Lantz, David Larrivee, Joe Leavitt, Nick MacDonald, Mike Mahan, Will McLaughlin, Bob Mielcarz, Jake Nutter, James Pleat, Phil Pleat, Damon Salo, Jaron Slattery, Jamin Somero, Craig Steckowych, Tim Strout, Jeff Sullivan and Pat Taber.
The New Hampshire Open, which features prize money for professionals and stout competition for top amateurs, will again be held at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club on July 25 and 26.
The NHGA Stroke Play
Championship will once more be contested locally here at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson with this year’s dates being July 31 thru Aug. 2.
Another favorite, the Father-Son Championship will be Aug. 7 back up at Kingswood and the NHGA Senior returns to its traditional home site at Country Club of New Hampshire in Sutton on Aug. 28 and 29.
The Fall Four Ball is over the mountain in the Monadnock Region at Keene Country Club on Sept. 9 and a fitting climax to the NHGA calendar is the state Mid-Am at the swanky Lake Winnipesaukee Country Club in New Durham from Sept. 17 until the 19.
Wayne Mills can be reached at email@example.com.