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Kartrude Crowned 86th NH Open Presented by Xfinity Champion

June 22nd, 2019

Keene, NH – With the sun finally shining for the first time this tournament, Michael Kartrude from West Palm Beach, Florida outlasted two fellow competitors on the first playoff hole to capture the New Hampshire Open presented by Xfinity title.  Kartrude, along with Paul Pastore (Stamford, CT) and Jared Mactus (Woodcliff Lake, NJ), finished the 54-hole championship at 10-under par to enter into a playoff for the win at Bretwood Golf Course.
Kartrude, who stated after his round that he has not played in a tournament in a few months, entered the final round at six-under par and two shots back of the leader, Pastore.  That put Kartrude in the third to last group, with two groups of strong golfers behind him to worry about; he needed to put up a low score to force great play behind him.  His opening nine holes was bogey-free and included two birdies to turn at two-under par.  With a few nerves getting in the way on the back nine, he bogeyed the 10th and 14th holes on Bretwood’s North Course but closed out the round with three-straight birdies, posting the first 10-under total of the group.
Kartrude comments on his thought process pulling up to the 18th hole and seeing the tees moved up, saying “I was getting ready to hit a two iron-wedge off the tee and I saw the tees moved up and I pulled a five iron out off the tee just to kind of lay it and I said ‘It’s time to win a golf tournament’ and I pulled a 3-wood out and hit a good shot, put it on the back of the green and made the birdie.”
Behind him was Jared Mactus who had a slower start, but ultimately made eight birdies in his round with a few bumps in the road that kept him at 10-under par.  And in the final group was Paul Pastore who entered the final round with a one-shot lead and in the final group.  He had an up and down front nine, but kept it consistent, rolling in key putts to get himself into a position to take the lead on the back nine.  It came down to the 18th hole, where a birdie would have won it for him, but Pastore unfortunately missed his birdie putt, opening the door for the other two who finished at 10-under alongside him.
The first playoff hole was Bretwood’s 18 hole, with the tees moved up to drivable distance for these talented professionals.  Pastore didn’t risk it, but Kartrude and Mactus did.  In the end, that decision paid off for Kartrude as he rolled in a birdie putt to with the championship.
Talking about his mindset heading into the playoff, Kartrude stated, ‘I was nervous, but I got to hit first.  I was happy about that, I wanted to hit first.  I told myself to do what you’ve been doing; put what you practice into play.”  He did exactly that and took home the prize.
Not to be overlooked is the low amateur from the field, Bob Kearney (The Shattuck Golf Club).  Kearney came out of the gates flying with a 68 in the opening round of the championship at Bretwood GC.  As the tournament moved to Keene Country Club, Kearney remained strong with a 74 and was able to outlast fellow Shattuck Golf Club member, Jake Hollander, the only two amateurs to make the cut to the final round, to win low amateur honors.
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staffs at both Bretwood GC and Keene CC for their hospitality and opening their golf courses to this championship event. 
Results can be found here: