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10 Standout Junior to Represent New Hampshire at New England Junior Invitational

August 1st, 2019

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) is proud to announce this year’s team to represent New Hampshire at the New England Junior Invitational taking place August 11-13 at Mill River Country Club in Stratford, Connecticut.  Those players include William Huang, Jack Pepin, Mathew Gover, Bryce Zimmerman, Colin McCaigue, Brian Adams, Russell Hamel, Carys Fennessy, Shivani Vora and June Doerr.

The New England Junior Invitational is a 54-hole team and individual stroke play competition where teams of seven boys and three girls from each of the six New England states compete.  Team scores are calculated using the best five of seven scores from the boys and the best two of three scores from the girls for each round.  The team and individual with the lowest 54-hole total are crowned the champion.

This is the first year that girls are being incorporated into this championship and the NHGA is proud to have Carys, Shivani and June representing New Hampshire for the first time.

Meet the 2019 New Hampshire Team:

William Huang:  Huang, a rising junior at Phillips Exeter Academy, has been a standout golfer, not only in New Hampshire but around the country.  Recently, he competed in the NHGA Junior Golf Tour event at Breakfast Hill GC where he won the Eagle A division shooting a bogey-free 66 (-5).  He has competed in numerous AJGA events over the years, as well as competed in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four Ball.  Huang will make a great addition to this year’s team.

Jack Pepin:  Pepin solidified his position on the team by winning the 2019 New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship.  Throughout the summer he also competed in the New Hampshire Amateur Championship earning his way there with medalist honors at the Pease GC State Amateur Qualifier earlier in the season.  He also played in and won his division of the Hoodkroft Junior Open with a two-under par, 70.  Pepin’s momentum should carry him in this regional event.

Mathew Gover:  Gover turned heads at this year’s New Hampshire Amateur Championship as he advanced all the way to the Semi-final round, bowing out to John DeVito, this year’s champion.  He continued to make a name for himself in New Hampshire golf at the NH Boys Junior where he was leading after Round 1 and finished in 3rd place.  Gover, a talented two-sport athlete, has the ability to compete with all the junior vying for the New England Junior title.

Bryce Zimmerman: Zimmerman is entering his third year earning a spot on the NH New England Junior team.  Recently, he won the Mike Ryan Memorial Championship in a match over fellow team member, Russell Hamel.  Another highlight from his summer was with the NHGA Junior Tour event at Amherst CC with his lowest round in competition, 67 (-5).  Zimmerman brings his experience with him as he looks to make a run at this year’s tournament.

Colin McCaigue:  McCaigue’s recent runner-up finish at the New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship earned him his position on the team.  He shot one-under par, 71 in the final round to jump in 2nd place behind Pepin.  Not only that, but McCaigue earned the Ty Abate Award from the Union Leader, an award given to a golfer 19 years old and younger with the lowest stroke play qualifying score at the State Amateur.  McCaigue will be entering his senior year at The Derryfield School with some confidence for the golf season.

Brian Adams:  Adams, fellow Phillips Exeter Academy golf teammate to Huang, has proven his golf ability throughout the last few years.  He has been an active member of the NHGA Junior Golf Tour, winning his division in three of the events he has played in.  As the 56-seed in the New Hampshire Amateur, he took down the 9-seed in 20 holes to move on to the Round of 32.  This will be Brian’s second year with a spot on this team.

Russell Hamel:  Hamel, a 14-year-old playing out of Nashua CC, has been an up and coming junior golfer in New Hampshire the last few years.  For the last two years, he has advanced to the final match of the Mike Ryan Memorial Championship (formerly the Red Ryan) only to lose to Bryce Zimmerman each time.  Hamel has also competed in the New Hampshire Amateur this summer and made the cut to match play.  Recently, he competed in the NH Boys Junior Championship, finishing T9.  This is his first year competing in the New England Junior Invitational.

Carys Fennessy:  As the youngest member of the New Hampshire team, Fennessy is one of the top junior players in the state.  This year, she won her division of the NHWGA Junior Championship by shooting two-under par 71, edging out teammate Shivani Vora by five strokes.  In the NHGA Junior Tour event at Breakfast Hill GC, Fennessy won the Eagle Girls division with a 78 (+6).  She certainly has the ability to compete other top golfers in New England.

Shivani Vora:  Vora has been playing on the NHGA Junior Golf Tour for numerous years, being at the top of the leaderboard in events countless times.  Her consistency and skill has landed her a spot on the New Hampshire team.  In the NHWGA Junior Championship this year, she took home the runner-up trophy, finishing second to Fennessy with a 76.  She earned the top spot in the Eagle Girls division of the Hoodkroft Junior Open with a 73 (+1).  Vora has been a standout New Hampshire junior golfer for years and will have no trouble competing on a regional level.

June Doerr:  As a 13-year-old, Doerr has been competing in the Eagle Girls (18-hole) division of the NHGA Junior Tour all season.  Out of the seven events she has competed in, she has won twice and leads the point race of the Eagle Girls division.  Doerr also competed in the Mike Ryan Memorial Championship this season where, historically, the girls compete against the boys.  Doerr ended up winning her first match to advance to the next round.  This is the first year June has been competing in New Hampshire as much of her competitive golf has been played in Texas.

Good luck to these ten golfers representing the Granite State!