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Manchester Country Club Poised to Host State Open Once Again

July 27th, 2021

Bedford, NH – Just two years out from the club’s centennial season, Manchester Country Club is set to host the 87th New Hampshire Open Championship presented by RMS with support from Northeast Delta Dental.  This year marks the 11th time the club has hosted this prestigious event that attracts top professional and amateur golfers from around the country.  156 players are ready to tee it up as the tournament takes place Wednesday, July 28th through Friday, July 30th.

The 2020 New Hampshire Open was one of the casualties of COVID-19, but it returns this year with a strong field and new faces looking to make their mark in New Hampshire.  Among the competitors in this year’s competition are familiar names to New Hampshire and New England, including Matt Paradis, Mike Martel and Rich Berberian. 

Both Paradis and Martel have their names permanently etched in New Hampshire golf history as they have each claimed the New Hampshire Amateur Championship title.  Paradis won his title in 2018 at Hanover Country, while Martel has won the tournament twice, in 2013 at the Golf Club of New England and 2017 at Bretwood Golf Course.  Since their amateur victories, both have been competing professionally around the United States.  Martel even won the Massachusetts Open Championship in 2019.

Rich Berberian is a well-known name around the New England area, having competed in and won numerous professional tournaments in the region.  He has won the New Hampshire PGA Championship on multiple occasions along with the New England PGA Championship.  Berberian has also competed in a number of larger scale events including multiple PGA Championships and other PGA Tour competitions.  Berberian, Paradis and Martel will all be golfers to keep an eye on throughout the week.

The lone past New Hampshire Open champion competing this week is Don Robertson who travels from Texas each year to compete in this tournament that he won in 1981 at Bretwood Golf Course.  As a caddy on the Champions Tour, Robertson is always sure to make room in his schedule to make the trip to New Hampshire.

Reigning New Hampshire Open Low Amateur, Bob Kearney, is also making his return to this event.  Kearney was one of two amateur golfers in the 2019 New Hampshire Open, held at Bretwood Golf Course and Keene Country Club, who made the cut with Kearney coming out with Low Amateur honors.  Kearney, originally from Texas, has a strong amateur golf record, having won the 2001 Texas Amateur Championship.  He now spends much of his summer in New Hampshire competing alongside the top amateurs in New Hampshire and New England.  Along with his Low Amateur distinction in 2019, he claimed the 2019 New England Senior Amateur Championship title.

Manchester Country Club will now be hosting this event for the 11th time with the last time being in 2017 where David Pastore won the event in a two-hole playoff after getting to 11-under par over the 54-hole event.  The club is thrilled to welcome back the professionals and amateurs from around the country that make it a point to put the New Hampshire Open on their season schedule.

The New Hampshire Open Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event where 156 players will tee it up for 18 holes each of the first two days.  Following 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 40 players and ties to compete in the final round in the hopes of being crowned this year’s champion.

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