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NHGA Announces State Amateur Exemptions

January 5th, 2016

Author: Greg Howell

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Golf Association announced the list of thirty-six players exempt from pre-qualifying for the 113th New Hampshire Amateur Championship this morning. The exempt players will eligible to sign-up directly for the Championship Proper which will be held at Laconia Country Club July 11th – 16th. There are eleven categories that can automatically exempt a player for the Championship. Joe Leavitt led all players with six category exemptions for 2016, although Leavitt will not be eligible for the Championship if he turns professional prior to the event.
The categories are as follows: Past Amateur Champions, Last 3 Winners of the Player of the Year, Last two winners of the Stroke Play Championship, the reigning Senior & Junior Champions, the reigning Senior & Junior Players of the Year, the reigning Low Amateur at the New Hampshire Open, The Round of 16 participants from the 2015 New Hampshire Amateur, the top 10 players from Stroke Play qualifying at the 2015 State Amateur, the top 15 and ties from the Stroke Play Championship, the top 10 and ties from the Mid-Amateur Championship, and NHGA exemptions.
The thirty-six exempt players are below:
Joe Leavitt Phil Pleat Nick MacDonald Ryan Kohler
Chelso Barrett Michael Martel Phin Choukas Connor Greenleaf
Damon Salo James Pleat Jeff Cohen Josh LaCasse
Matt Paradis Nick Pandelena John Devito Brandon Gillis
Jim Cilley Bob Mielcarz Ryan Tombs Cameron Salo
Jamie Ferullo Chris Houston Craig Steckowych David Sherborne
Griffin Brown Matthew Jensen Nick Fairweather Jeffrey Weishaar
Josh Chamberlain Josh Kibbe Tim Manwaring Michael Mahan
Austin Fox Dylan Cowette Danny Arvanitis Brett Wilson
About the NHGA
The New Hampshire Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the ideals and traditions of the game of golf in New Hampshire.  The NHGA was established in 1905 to foster, promote, conserve and administer the game of golf in the State of New Hampshire, as embodied in its ancient and honorable tradition. This includes handicapping, scholarships, tournaments, promotion of Junior Golf, and promotion of the Rules of Golf and any other activity reasonably related to the foregoing. Currently the association is made up of over 100 member clubs and more than 14,000 golfers. More information on the NHGA can be found online at