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Chris Crawford Crowned 87th New Hampshire Open Champion

July 30th, 2021

Bedford, NH – With the rain in the second round and overnight before the third round of the 87th New Hampshire Open Championship presented by RMS with support from Northeast Delta Dental, Manchester Country Club received three inches of rain, throwing a small wrench into the action of the final round.  The 41 players who made the cut to the last day stepped up to the plate to complete the tournament with Chris Crawford from Bensalem, PA holding on for the win at 207 (-7) across the 54-hole event.
Crawford entered the final round at the top of the leaderboard, joined by Rich Berberian, a competitor he knew he would have to keep an eye on from the get-go.  His second round was played in the morning wave, so he had the remainder of the day to study the leaderboard and see who he would be up against on the final day.  Ultimately, his mindset came down to playing his own came.
He commented, “All I could do was just play the best that I can.  I felt good about yesterday’s round so I just didn’t really think about it.  I figured if I played okay, today might go okay.”
Course conditions based on the amount of rainfall forced all the players to walk in the final round, but the rain isn’t what Crawford felt he needed to adjust to during round.  He stated, “I think it was a little bit of the wind, pin locations and some of the tees being moved around.”
Wind certainly played a factor for the golfers out there, along with the course setup that forced them to think a little more before hitting their shots.
Crawford’s round began with an uncharacteristic bogey, based on how he had been playing the front nine in his previous two rounds.  He piled on another bogey on the 6th hole to get himself to two-over par in the final round but bounced back with two birdies to make the turn at even-par for the day and back to eight-under total. 
Berberian was still a thread thru the first nine holes of play, but he ran into some trouble on the back nine, including the 12th hole, that send him down the leaderboard needing to fight his way back.  Unfortunately for Berberian, more bogeys on the back nine kept him to a T10 finish in the tournament.
Crawford had a mediocre back nine which included eight pars and one bogey, leading to his one-over par, 72 in the final round.  “A couple of the holes in the middle of the back nine were a struggle”, stated Crawford.  “I hit some poor shots, to be honest, and I was just trying to hang in.  I made a decent par putt on 14 after hitting a poor wedge shot and hitting my first putt 10 feet by.”
Despite the struggles he felt on the back nine, he managed to hang on, all while keeping an close eye on the leaderboard to know that he was still in good shape for the tournament.
Crawford commented, “I did pay attention to the leaderboard and saw no one was really taking it too deep.  I figured if I just hung around and made some pars, I might be able to have a chance at the end.”
There were a few players who made a run at the top, but it was just a little too late to catch up to Crawford.  One of those players was Shawn Warren who carded three-consecutive under-par rounds to finish the championship in the Runner-up position.  Warren, along with Matthew Campbell and John Felitto, made a run in the final round with great rounds.  Campbell carded a third round 66 (-5) while Felitto carded 67 (-4), but again, ran out of holes to continue their way to the top.
Crawford ended up hitting some good, solid shots in the closing holes at Manchester Country Club to close out his victory.  He now becomes the 87th New Hampshire Open Champion.  When asked how it feels for his hard work to be paying off, he responded saying, “It feels good, it feels pretty rewarding.  To maximize what I had today and hang in there and end up on top, it’s a good feeling.”
For the Low Amateur portion of the championship, five amateurs, all New Hampshire natives, made the cut to the final day of the competition.  Ryan Zetterholm, from Dover, came out on top finishing the 54-hole tournament at just three-over par.  Right behind him is Manchester Country Club golfer Ryan Cowette who made a charge up the leaderboard with his second round 67 (-4), in the rain, but finished one shot back of Zetterholm for the Low Amateur honors.
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and volunteers at Manchester Country Club for helping to make the tournament possible.  Despite the large amount of rain over the last month leading up to the tournament, the course was in the best condition it could be in.
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