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Lown Leads But Large Group in Tow

July 12th, 2021

North Conway, NH – The opening round of the 118th New Hampshire Amateur Championship presented by Tuckerman’s Restaurant is officially in the books as 156 players took to North Conway Country Club for the state’s premier amateur event.  Coming in with the low round of the day is 19-year-old Peter Lown (The First Tee of NH) who fired his lowest round ever of 64 (-7) to lead stroke play qualifying by two strokes.
 
Lown started the day on North Conway’s back nine and really made a statement by making birdie on his first two holes.  With a bogey-free first nine, he poured in three more birdies to make the turn at five-under par and turned some heads.  His second nine included three more birdies and one bogey to finish the day with a 64 (-7), which Lown later stated to be his lowest round ever.  He had great timing for that low round as it sets him up nicely for a spot in match play if he can keep up the good play.
 
With a smile on his face, he reflected back on what was working saying, “I putted really well.  Throughout the bag I was just really consistent and driving the ball well but mostly I was making putts.  The greens were rolling pretty nicely, and I was feeling pretty confident with my putter.”
 
He will look to keep that momentum going with his putter into the second round of stroke play qualifying as he looks to earn a spot into match play.
 
“I’m in good shape for now and I just want to make it into that top 64 and see if I can make a run at it,” stated Lown.
 
Lown will have many of the state’s top amateur golfers on his tail in the second round as they look to close the gap that Lown has set.  Among those golfers is Eric Evans (Portsmouth CC) who entered into the State Amateur with zero expectations in mind and just hoping to play some decent golf after coming off an injury and surgery earlier in the year.  Evans managed a five-under par, 66 to find himself in a comfortable position heading to the second round of the tournament.
 
“I’ve been hitting it awful coming into this, so my expectations were to break 80”, Evans said with a laugh.  “I still have a hip injury so everything just kind of went well.  I was shocked to be honest with you.”
 
As mentioned, Evans had and still has zero expectations for his game.  He says, “I don’t know how I’ll feel tomorrow so I’m just kind of riding that.  If my game ends up good, I’ll probably change goals after tomorrow.”
 
Sitting behind Lown and Evans are past State Amateur champions who have the experience to carry themselves into match play.  Mark Stevens (Concord CC), 2008 champion, went out and fired a four-under par, 67 with it being his first time seeing the golf course.  Jim Cilley (Laconia CC), 2011 champion and James Pleat (Nashua CC), defending champion, each shot three-under par 68.  You can expect to see these names near the top of the leaderboard after the second round of stroke play qualifying.
 
At the end of the day, 25 players finished under-par in their rounds and look to keep their momentum going into the second round to secure one of the 64 spots advancing on after Tuesday’s round.
 
The New Hampshire Amateur Championship presented by Tuckerman’s Restaurant is a 6-day championship event that begins with 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the 64 golfers that will advance to the match play rounds.  The tournament concludes with a 36-hole final match.
 
Round 1 Results > CLICK HERE
Round 2 Pairings > CLICK HERE