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Berberian Brings the Heat in Opening Round of NH Open, Leads Field at Five-Under Par

July 28th, 2021

Bedford, NH – Rich Berberian is a name that New England golf community knows well from his accomplishments in New Hampshire and with the New England PGA.  He now leads the field at the 87th New Hampshire Open Championship presented by RMS with support from Northeast Delta Dental.  Berberian fired a five-under par, 66, to have a one-shot lead as the field heads to the second round of the championship being held at Manchester Country Club.
 
Berberian comes into the tournament with a calm mindset, not letting anything outside of his game get in his head.  He said, “I just go out and try to play the golf course as best I can.  I don’t like looking at the tee sheet because I know that there are a lot of great players that came out to play in this event.”
 
Starting his round on the 10th hole at Manchester Country Club, Berberian got off to a quick two-under par start thru his first four holes.  A bogey on the course’s 18th hole, his 9th hole, he made the turn at a modest one-under par, but turned on the jets for his second nine.  He ended up with four birdies and zero blemishes on his card on MCC’s front nine for a four-under par second nine and a five-under par round.
 
Berberian was last to tee off in the first wave of golfers, so he set the tone for the afternoon wave with his five-under par round.  Talking about his round, he stated, “If I can get out here and hit drivers and keep it in play, I can score pretty well.  I hit a few errant shots and scrambled pretty well today to keep a few bogeys off my card today and made a few putts to make a few more birdies.”
 
Having played Manchester Country Club numerous times, Berberian finds success in playing his own game.  His game plan is simple heading into round two with a target on his back.  He said, “Just keep my head down and do what I know I can do and play as best as I can and if it goes my way then it does, if it doesn’t then that’s okay.  I try not to put too much pressure on myself, I try to enjoy my time out here.”
 
One of the golfers looking to keep Berberian in his sights during the second round is James Hervol who sits just one shot back of Berberian at 67 (-4).   Hervol’s round included eight birdies, but two bogeys and one double bogey kept him to one shot back of the lead, but in good position to capitalize on the birdies in the second round.
 
Hervol has had a good season so far having advanced all the way through qualifying to compete in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines back in June.  With top level competition experience under his belt, he comes to New Hampshire to attempt to make a run at the New Hampshire Open title but will have strong competitors to get through. 
 
A tough accomplishment in a championship event is to go bogey-free throughout all 18 hole which is what Mark Brown did on his way to joining Hervol at four-under par, 67.  He began his day with eight-straight pars before making his first birdie on the 9th hole at Manchester Country Club.  On the back side, he birdied 12, 13 and 14 to get himself to four-under which is where he held his score at.  He is also now one shot back of Berberian and in a comfortable position near the top of the leaderboard.
 
Another competitor he will need to fend off is Shawn Warren who recently finished T2 at the Mass Open.  Warren has consistently been a name to keep an eye on in New England and is proving that here at the New Hampshire Open.  He fired an opening round 68 (-3) to sit just two shots back of Berberian with the second round of play ahead of them.
 
“I started off pretty steady,” commented Warren after his round.  “I was one-under on the front nine and was never really in any trouble.  On the back nine, I had a lot of opportunities but wasn’t able to convert on as many opportunities as I would have liked.”
 
Warren found success here at Manchester Country Club a couple years ago when the New England PGA Championship was held at this course, so it brings back fond memories from him as he comes back to compete.  He stated, “I had good feelings coming in, I know the golf course pretty well and I was looking forward to getting back out here.”
 
Joining Warren at three-under par are Peter French, Zachary Lese, Michael Winter, Ryan Davis and Christopher Crawford.  The leaderboard is certainly crowded at the top and all players have their eyes on Berberian as they head to the second round of the New Hampshire Open.
 
The 87th New Hampshire Open Championship presented RMS with support from Northeast Delta Dental is a three-day, 54-hole championship tournament taking place at Manchester Country Club.  The 156-player field plays 18 holes each of the first two day, with a cut to the low 40 and ties following 36 holes.  Those advancing play a final 18 holes to determine who will be crowned this year’s champion.
 
Round 1 Results > CLICK HERE
Round 2 Pairings > CLICK HERE