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Hampoian-Evans Team Earn NHGA Four Ball Title in Playoff

June 7th, 2019

Rochester, NH –  In their first NHGA Gross Four Ball Championship appearance as a team, Nick Hampoian and Eric Evans emerged as champions following one playoff hole to decide the tournament.  The duo fired a total 14-under par to enter a playoff with Josh Lacasse and Matt Paradis, past champions of the event.
 
Entering the final round of the Gross Four Ball Championship being held at Rochester Country, three teams were in a tie for the lead at 8-under par.  Brandon Gillis/Jack Brown, Nick Hampoian/Eric Evans, and Matt Paradis/Josh Lacasse all had a solid opening round, making the tournament interesting for Round 2.
 
Starting the day, both the Gillis/Brown and Hampoian/Evans teams made birdie-eagle on the opening two holes of the golfer course, making it seem like those would be the two teams ultimately battling it out.  But, Gillis and Brown ended up with three bogeys on their scorecard, dropping them back a few shots from the leaders.  Hampoian and Evans also had a couple bogeys at the end of the day, but their strong front nine was able to carry them through the rest of the round.
 
Although Paradis and Lacasse didn’t have as strong of a start as the other two teams, they slowly made their way to the top of the leaderboard.  Hampoian and Evans kept a close eye on the leaderboard throughout the round, as did Paradis and Lacasse.  Hampoian commented saying, “You knew the birdie holes that they were going to birdie.  I said on 17, we need par because they were probably going to birdie 18, but they ended up making par and we missed two putts on 18.”
 
When it all came down to 18, Hampoian and Evans knew what they needed to do.  Hampoian missed his attempt at birdie, which then put the pressure on Evans.  Evans stated after the round, “That was probably the most nervous I was all day.  I knew it was little right to left and I just pulled it a touch.  But then on the playoff hole I had pretty much the same exact putt and I told myself to keep my hands forward and luckily I rolled it in.”
 
That second chance at the victory on the playoff hole allowed Evans to redeem himself after just barely missing the putt on 18 for the win.  They needed just one playoff hole to decide the champions as Paradis and Lacasse had a tough time making par and had to settle for bogey, while Hampoian and Evans were able to cozy it up for a par.  This is the first time Hampoian and Evans have played together in this tournament and they were able to hold off two past champion teams.
 
Rochester Country Club was playing around 6,600 yards for the championship and was in great condition despite the heavy rains that came on the morning of the first round of the competition.  The NHGA would like to extend a sincere thank you to Rochester for hosting this championship event.
 
Complete Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2036781