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Adams Perseveres to Capture NH Boys Junior Title on Home Course

August 4th, 2021

Greenland, NH – The final round of the New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship began with several golfers all within a few shots of the lead, making for an interesting finish at Breakfast Hill Golf Club.  Brian Adams took full advantage of his local knowledge and came out on top winning this year’s title on his home course with a final round 72 (+1), completing the tournament at six-over par for the 54-hole event.
Adams began the day, not in the lead, but as one of the players that was certainly in contention, especially as the final round headed back to his home course.  The first day at Breakfast Hill GC he shot a six-over par, 77 but bounced back at Pease GC in the second round with a one-under par, 70 and some confidence in his game.  Luckily for him, the final round was taking place at a course he knows very well.
“I started off rough with a couple of bogeys, but I was able to fight my way back with three-straight birdies”, commented Adams following his win.  “I made the turn just staying pretty stable, but I lost it a little towards the end.”
With the field starting on the back nine again at Breakfast Hill, Adams had a shaky start with back-to-back bogeys, but turned things around quickly with three-straight birdies.  He closed out his opening nine with a double bogey to turn at one-over par.  Throughout the entire day, the leaderboard constantly saw changes with numerous golfers claiming the lead at one time or another.
Adams had a solid second nine going until the closing two holes where he just needed to hang on for the win.  He had two birdies early in the nine but bogeyed the last two holes of the tournament and finished at one-over par, 71, which was good enough to give him the win by one stroke.
Already with a round at Breakfast Hill GC under his belt this week, Adams said, “I came out of Monday knowing that I had to play better.  I played a little bit too aggressive on Monday, I dumped a couple balls into some water, so I definitely played it safer.”
Playing more conservatively certainly helped him to his victory, along with keeping tabs on the other players who were in contention.  He stated, “There were a lot of people in contention so seeing the group ahead of me falling away from the top spot eased my mind a little bit knowing there were only a couple in contention.”
The players he kept his eyes on were Russell Hamel, Mitchell Cormier, Connor Allard and Stephen Ramos, to name a few.  Each of those players had their bumps in the road throughout the final round that kept them away from that top spot on the leaderboard.  While other players slipped away, one player that had a great final round was 14-year-old Josiah Hakala who also shot a 72 (+1) in the final round.  Hakala’s 72 was good enough for him to earn the solo second place finish in his first New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship appearance.
Hakala is a name to continue to keep an eye as he has consistently shown that he can play with some of the best players in the Granite State.  He advanced to the Round of 32 in the New Hampshire Amateur Championship last month, losing just 3&1 to Craig Steckowych.  Hakala ended up finishing the NH Boys Junior at seven-over par, one shot back of Adams.
For Adams, this is his first New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship victory.  Three years ago, when the tournament was match play format, he finished Runner-Up to Sam Barton in the final match.  This year, he finally had his breakout moment, winning on his home course.
“I’ve been waiting for this, especially when I came in second three years ago,” said Adams with a smile on his face.  “It feels great, especially to do it on my home turf.”
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to thank Breakfast Hill Golf Club and Pease Golf Course for hosting this year’s New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship.  Each course was in great shape and provided a good test of golf for the top juniors in the Granite State.
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