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Quinn Secures Medalist; Intriguing Matchups Abound

July 13th, 2021

North Conway, NH – In another exciting day at North Conway Country Club for the 118th New Hampshire Amateur Championship presented by Tuckerman’s Restaurant, the 64-player match play bracket has been determined with Ryan Quinn (Breakfast Hill GC) claiming medalist honors with an impressive second round score of 66 (-5) to move him to six-under par for the qualifying rounds.  In true dramatic fashion, the day concluded with a playoff for the final match play spots where 11 players who finished at six-over par, 148, played off for 6 spots into match play.
Quinn, who began the day on North Conway’s first hole, had a strong start by making birdie.  He stated, “I made a 10-footer on hole one which got me a lot of confidence and I just went from there.”
He carried that confidence with him for the remainder of the round, making two more birdies on the front nine to make the turn at three-under par.  Still with round-one leader, Peter Lown, in his sights, he kept it going and made another birdie on the 10th hole.  His only bogey came on the par-5, 11th hole but with two more birdies on the back nine, Quinn projected himself up the leaderboard in a good position for match play.
When talking about his round, Quinn mentioned that his putting was not what he wanted it to be the first round.  He commented, “I actually got a new putter in the bag today.  I putted horrible yesterday and I just wanted a change and needed something different.”
Luckily Quinn arrived at North Conway Country Club prepared with a second putter and it paid off.  He said he hit almost every green, possibly missing two greens and the putter did its job, allowing him to roll in the birdie opportunities.
For Quinn, he is fresh off his victory in the Seacoast Amateur tournament where he blew the field away and gained confidence before taking on the top amateurs in the Granite State.  He said, “It’s always nice to win in golf.  I think we’re crazy because we picked a sport where we pretty rarely win, so it’s nice and gives you a lot of confidence.”
“I’m feeling good, I’m playing well.  Once you win once, you think you can win anything”, continued Quinn.  “I’m not thinking about winning, just thinking about my match tomorrow and hopefully I can get it done.”
Quinn will face off against Jack Raichle (The Maplewood GC) in the Round of 64.
Many other players displayed great golf in the two stroke play qualifying rounds that led to them securing their spot in match play.  Harvin Groft (The Oaks GL) went 69-68 to finish at five-under par for the qualifying rounds and grabbed the second seed for match play.  Last year, Groft advanced to the Semifinal round of match play, losing to Cam Sheedy, but looks to make a run at the final match this year.
“My swing has been consistent right now,” stated Groft.  “My driver feels really good, I feel confident with it and I know I’m going to put it in play.”
At North Conway Country Club, having confidence in your driver is important because keeping the ball in your own fairway is the key to making those birdies.  While Groft said he didn’t get many putts to fall, he feels that his ball striking and hitting 15 of the 18 greens gives him comfort in his game.
Coming into the tournament, Groft also has a win under his belt, claiming the Players Invitational title at Baker Hill Golf Club back in June.  Heading into match play, he plans to stay relaxed and let his game do the work, not worrying about what his opponent might be doing.
“I feel good and relaxed,” commented Groft.  “This is probably as relaxed as I was starting a tournament all year.  I just feel that if I play my game, then I’m going to shoot under par.  I’m confident that I can give anybody a match and it all comes down to putting.”
Groft will go up against Kurt Eddins (Cochecho CC) in the Round of 64 as he makes his bid at this year’s State Amateur title.
Ryan Kohler also had himself a great two days of golf, firing the same two scores that Groft did, 69-68 to finish at five-under par with the number three seed for match play.  Kohler has also had a successful season so far, especially when it comes to qualifying for USGA championship.  He advanced to the sectional qualifying round for the U.S. Open, which is a tough feat to accomplish and most recently earned an alternate spot for the U.S. Amateur Championship in a playoff.
Last year, Kohler made it to the Quarterfinal match of the State Amateur, losing to the 2020 champion, James Pleat.  Kohler will be someone to keep an eye on in match play as he will look to continue his momentum in this championship and work his way through match play.
The day concluded with a playoff where 11 players were vying for the final six spots into the match play rounds.  The players who shot six-over par entered into the playoff where Paul Torri, Hunter Duncan, Michael Fiacco, Patrick Hesseltine, Kurt Eddins, and Jake Raichle earned the final spots.
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.
Stroke Play Qualifying Results & Match Play Bracket > CLICK HERE
Round of 64 Tee Times > CLICK HERE