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Junior Tour Concludes with Champions Crowned

August 15th, 2018

Rye, NH – 2018 has been a busy season for the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) Junior Tour. Numerous events have been contested across the state this season, challenging Junior Golfers on not only new courses, but new formats as well.  The NHGA Junior Tour season came to a close today at Abenaqui Country Club with the Junior Invitational. The Invitational is an event where the top performers in all five divisions are invited to compete one last time.
In the Eagle A Boys Division, Ryan Rothdiener of Crotched Mountain Country Club was crowed the Champion with a score of four- over- par, 76. It was a close race for the title as Owen Himmer of Cochecho Country Club also ended his round with a score of four-over-par, 76. It came down to a scorecard play off, and Rothdiener took the victory. Both players competed in numerous Junior Tour Events this season, have earned the champion title, and have shown some excellent skills on the course. Rothdiener was able to card two birdies during his round, and ended with two pars, which ultimately earned him the top spot on the leader board for his division.
In the Eagle B Boys division, Bryce Zimmerman of Nashua Country Club earned the Champion title. With a score of two- over- par, 74, Zimmerman was able to beat out his competitors by four shots. With a carded birdie, and only three bogies during the round, Zimmerman was able to navigate the course and keep his score low. A familiar name on the NHGA Junior Tour this season, Zimmerman has participated in all of the events on the schedule, and has won eight out of the nine. He has proven himself to be a top junior golfer in the state, and has a very promising future ahead of him.
Another familiar NHGA Junior Tour name, Hannah Drew of Bretwood Golf Club, was crowned the champion of the Eagle Girls division with her score of seventeen over par, 89, today. Drew was able to beat out her competition by seven strokes, and used her seven pars to help her earn her place on the leaderboard. Drew has been a top junior player all season long as she has earned five other champion titles on the NHGA Junior Tour this year.
For the Birdie Boys, Jack Steele of Concord Country Club earned himself the Champion spot in the Junior Invitational with his score of 48 for nine holes. Steele used his two pars on holes six and eight to help boost himself to the top of the leaderboard today. Jack has participated in multiple events on the schedule this season. He is a strong player with a bright future in golf ahead of him.
In the Birdie Girls Division, Sophie Hopkins of Candia Woods Golf Links was crowned the Champion today with her score of 57 for nine holes. Hopkins has played in almost all of the events on the schedule this season, and has proven to be a strong competitor this year.
The NHGA Junior Tour would not be possible without the continued support from the Thorpe Family Foundation. Steve and Marjorie Thorpe have been supporters of the NHGA Junior Tour since 2015 by sponsoring the Junior Tour, and we would like to extend our gratitude towards their foundation and their support. While this season has been successful, the NHGA Junior Tour hopes to continue to grow in the future by adding new tournaments, new courses, and more formats for Junior Golfers to compete in.

View Full Results of the Junior Invitational here:​

About the NHGA Junior Golf Tour
Founded in 1998, the NHGA has strived to create a junior program that creates playing opportunities for players of all skill levels and abilities. The program is structured to provide opportunities for junior golf development through fair competition, while encouraging proper course etiquette and good sportsmanship through playing and enjoying the game of golf. The Junior Tour is open to girls and boys up to the age of 18 and is broken down into two divisions, the Birdie and Eagle divisions.  The NHGA Junior Golf Tour is sponsored by the Thorpe Family Foundation.

About the NHGA Junior Golf Tour Scholarship
Since 2016, the NHGA has been able to award a scholarship to an alumnus of the Junior Tour that is attending college.  The Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Thorpe Family Foundation.  Steve Thorpe has been a proud supporter of the NHGA Junior Tour in the past through his company, Adaptive Communications.  Candidates for the scholarship should demonstrate talent in the classroom and ethics on the golf course.  More information on the scholarship and how to apply can be found here: