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No Playoff Necessary, Brown Earns Medalist Honors

July 9th, 2019

Greenland, NH – If you were standing at the scoreboard at Portsmouth Country Club as the final scores of the day were posted, you would have seen the awe in everyone’s face when they realized that the cut to 64 for match play was right on the number.  Exactly 64 players at 156 (+12) or lower made it through to match play at the 116th New Hampshire Amateur Championship presented by Audi Nashua.  Earning medalist honors and the number one seed for match play is Ryan Brown (Manchester CC) who fired 72-69 to finish at -3 (141).
 
Brown, a recent graduate of Bryant University, came to Portsmouth in the opening round without having seen the course before.  He went out and fired a respectable even-par, 72.  Coming to the second round with more experience on the course, he made the turn at one over par, but turned the jets on for the back nine to start making some birdies.
 
 “Once I got to the back, I made a couple pars and then on the 12th hole I made a 50-footer for birdie that kind of kickstarted it”, comments Brown who then went on to birdie the next three holes.
 
As the top seed in the state’s premier amateur championship, Brown talks about his mindset and what he needs to do heading into match play stating, “Just say confident honestly, I may go back and work on my driver a little bit more but other than that, just stay confident; that’s a big key in this game.”
 
Brown moves on to face Derek LeClair (Nashua CC) in the first round of match play, set to begin on Wednesday, July 10.
 
Despite his five-over par 77 in the opening round, Brandon Gillis (Souhegan Woods GC) went out and shot the low round for the day with a six-under, 66.  Gillis, who advanced to the semifinal round of match play last year, shot an uncharacteristic 77 to sit further down the leaderboard than he would like.  But the 66 helped jump him up the leaderboard in a hurry.
 
What was the difference between the two days for Gillis?  He states, “The putter got going for me today.  I didn’t feel like I had to work too hard today because I was hitting it pretty close.  But I just have to keep it in the fairway and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
 
Alongside Gillis at one-under for the stroke play qualifying rounds are Ryan Quinn (Breakfast Hill GC) and Sam Barton (Kingswood GC).  Quinn shot one-under, 71 in the first round and came back to shoot even par in the second round to secure 4th seed for match play.  Barton actually shot one over par in the opening round but turned it around to shoot an impressive two-under par to be one of the four golfers who finished under par for the two days.
 
In a surprising finish in the second round of the New Hampshire Amateur Championship, the final group of the day to finish snuck into the final spots for match play to make it an exact 64 golfers advancing on.  It’s not that often that this tournament can cut 156 golfers to 64 without a playoff for the final spots.  The cut to 64 was at 156 (+12) for the 36-hole total.
 
The Round of 64 will yield numerous interesting matches and those golfers will be battling it out to advance to the next round. 
 
The New Hampshire Amateur Championship is a six-day event, beginning with 36-holes of stroke play qualifying on Monday and Tuesday to determine the 64 players who will be advancing to the match play rounds beginning on Wednesday.  One round of matches will be played Wednesday, two rounds of matches will be played both Thursday and Friday, and the championship concludes with a 36-hole final match on Saturday.
 
Stroke Play Qualifying Results & the Match Play Bracket can be found here: 
https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/1730299