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Chris Houston Wins State Amateur

July 16th, 2016

Author: Kate Kellar
Laconia, NH –  Chris Houston, hometown golfer, member of Laconia Country Club, defeated Matt Paradis of Concord Country Club 4 & 3 in the final match of the 113th New Hampshire State Amateur Championship, sponsored by Audi of Nashua.
Houston got off to a strong start as he went 3 up to Paradis after the 6th hole.  Despite being down by three, Paradis stuffed his tee shot in close on the 7th hole to prove a point—that he wasn’t going to give up.  After 18 holes, Paradis was 4 down, but he had just won the 18th hole and was ready to do some work.  There were two times that Paradis actually brought the match back to Houston being only 1 up, the first was after the 6th hole the second time around and the second was after the 12th hole the second time around.  Despite all that work, Houston went birdie, birdie, birdie to win the match 4 & 3.
Houston played consistent, strong golf all week.  “When it really counted the most and when I needed to hit good shots the most the entire week, I did it.  I played the best golf when I need to”, says Houston. 
Being the hometown golfer, Houston had a large gallery following him that included family, friends, and members of Laconia Country Club that watched him grow up at the club.  Houston stated, “It’s tough—there’s a lot of nerves, a lot of people out there, and a lot riding on it.  I have to thank the members and staff of Laconia Country Club because I wouldn’t be the golfer I am without growing up here”.
Tournament Director, Greg Howell was happy with how the tournament went this week.  “It was great to see a well-played match from two incredibly talented amateurs.  The membership and staff at Laconia Country Club could not have been better.  We will surely use this Amateur as a model for all future championships.”
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to thank the Laconia Country Club Staff and Members for the hard work and dedication that they put into this Championship.
The 2017 State Amateur Championship will be played at Bretwood Golf Club.
The Complete Match Play Bracket can be found here: