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Another Tie at the Top Heading to Final Round of NH Mid-Amateur

October 2nd, 2019

Concord, NH –  Similar to the how the first round ended, Round 2 of the Robert H. Elliott New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship being held at Concord Country Club has a tie at the top of the leaderboard.  Jim Cilley (Pembroke Pines CC) and Matt Burroughs (Derryfield CC) are the two golfers the remainder of the field will be chasing down in the final round.  Both golfers sit at one-under par over 36 holes and have a two-shot cushion on the remaining golfers.
 
Burroughs, the first golfer to post a one-under total, shot an even-par 70 in the first round of the tournament.  He bested that score in the second round by shooting 69, one-under par, which was one of two under-par rounds of the day.  Brett Wilson also recorded a 69 today and now sits five shots back of Burroughs and Cilley.
 
Over the two days, Burroughs had eight birdies, four each day, and seven bogeys to get himself to one-under in a tie for the lead.  With 18 holes yet to play, he will face some strong competition, which he is no stranger to.  Burroughs recently returned from a trip to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Colorado.  Although he missed the cut to match play there, he earned his way there with medalist honors at his qualifying site in Connecticut.
 
In the final pairings for another year, Jim Cilley will look to finish the job to capture his second Mid-Amateur title.  In the second round, Cilley made the turn at one-over par, having started on the back nine.  With just one birdie and one bogey on his second nine, he finished with a 71, one-over par.  For Concord CC, being close to even-par for a round is a great score and it allowed him to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard.  This time, he is joined by Burroughs.
 
Will McLaughlin who was tied with Cilley at the top following Round 1, is not far behind though.  He shot three-over par, 73 in the second round to drop back two shots, but he is still within reach.
 
“I had a pretty tough start, starting on the back nine.  I bogeyed 11, 12 and 13, so it was kind of just a grind the rest of the way to hold on”, states McLaughlin.
 
With Concord CC being his home course, he feels he might have a little advantage over other golfers in the field.  He says, “I know what side of the hole to be on, where to miss, what’s a good miss, what’s a bad miss.  I’ve played with some really good players this week, so I’ve been watching them get a little frustrated missing putt on the green.  I’m just kind of used to putts not going in here so it just kind of keeps me even keeled.”
 
With Cilley and Burroughs in his sight, McLaughlin has some thoughts on what score could win the tournament.  He comments, “Being a couple back, if I can get under-par here then I feel like I would be plenty happy to win or lose.  Even to two-over is a good round here.”
 
The final round of the New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship gets underway at Thursday, October 3rd at 8:30AM.  Following Round 2, the field was cut to 27 golfers; those shooting 12-over par or better are advancing on to the final 18 holes.
 
Round 1 & 2 Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2036236
Round 3 Tee Times can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2221126