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Pepin Primed For Breakthrough Following NH Boys Junior Win

July 31st, 2019

Concord, NH – With two birdies to start his round, Jack Pepin (Atkinson Resort & CC) went on to maintain a lead in the final round of the New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship presented by Nike Junior Golf Camps to capture the victory at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.  Pepin’s under-par, 71 set him apart from the two other golfers that began the day tied for the lead alongside him.
 
To start the day, the leaderboard was crowded with three golfers tied for the lead at four-over par over 36 holes, which meant someone needed to go low to separate themselves from the pack.  Pepin did just that, he got off to a quick start going birdie-birdie on the opening two holes of the round.
 
“It really helped”, states Pepin after the round.  “I got some confidence going into the next few holes.  It really helped to just keep getting pars after that.”
 
From there, Pepin’s front nine consisted of six pars and one bogey which came on the 7th hole.  Heading to the back, with a strong grip on the lead, he birdied the uphill par 4, 15th hole but bogeyed the 17th.  Finishing up with a par, he recorded one of the three under-par rounds in the field throughout the entire tournament.
 
Pepin was not oblivious to the fact that he had the lead throughout the final round as he had a leaderboard near by the entire time, saying “I kind of looked at it every once in a while, to see where I was.”
 
Over the three-day, 54-hole championship, Pepin maintained his consistency and improved by two strokes each round, culminating with his win.  While each aspect of his golf game was working in sync this week, he commented after saying, “I’m really hitting my wedges well.”
 
With the win, Pepin’s name goes down in history alongside some of the top amateur golfers in the Granite State who have won the New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship, including New Hampshire Golf Hall of Famers Kirk Hanefeld and soon-to-be inducted Thomas J. Leonard Jr.
 
“It’s great”, states Pepin.  “It really shows a lot of improvement from last year.”
 
Jack Pepin was not the only one to go under-par in the final round of the championship, Colin McCaigue (Amherst CC) also fired 71 to jump into second place, three strokes behind Pepin.  Similar to Pepin, McCaigue started out strong as he was three-under thru four holes, thanks in large part to an eagle on the 2nd hole.  But he slipped back a little with a double bogey on the 5th hole.  His back nine was up and down much of the way, closing on a positive note and in the runner-up position with a birdie on 18.
 
In the First Flight of the tournament, Thomas Murdough (Bald Peak Colony Club) captured the top spot with his best round of the tournament, two over par, 74.  And, in the Second Flight, Jason Howe (Concord CC) shot a 78, to win his flight by two strokes.  Each champion in this tournament was able to improve their score each round to take the win.
 
The NHGA would like to thank Beaver Meadow Golf Course for their hospitality throughout the week and to Nike Junior Golf Camps for their support of this championship.
 
Complete Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2125753