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Ryan Kohler Closes Out 2020 Championship Season With His Second NH Mid-Amateur Title

October 8th, 2020

New Durham, NH – The final round of the New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship held at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club started out with cold temperatures and high winds and concluded with Ryan Kohler (Hooper GC) taking home the title after firing a 73 (+1) to finish the tournament at five-over par.  Kohler went back and forth with Brett Wilson (Golf Club of New England) for most of the day but held on long enough to edge him out by one stroke to earn his second NH Mid-Amateur victory.
Kohler began the day two shots back of the leader, James Pleat (Nashua CC) and one shot behind Brett Wilson, knowing that both golfers would be tough competitors, especially in the final round.  But he got off to a strong start making back-to-back birdies to get the round started.
“I got off to a great start,” stated Kohler after his win.  “It was very windy all day and I hit it close on 1 for birdie and then birdied two as well.  From there its just kind of ‘hold on out here’, it was cold and extremely windy, so it was just a battle.”
He made just one bogey on the front nine, on the 5th hole, and made the turn at one-under par in good position.  Meanwhile, Wilson made the turn at one-over par giving Kohler the opportunity to continue with the lead.  Unfortunately for James Pleat, he made three bogeys on the front without any birdies and turned at three-over par, making things difficult for himself to get back into it.
Kohler began his back nine with a stray tee shot which resulted in a bogey, but a good bogey as he described it because of the position his ball was in off the tee.  He went on to bogey the next two holes to let Wilson back in it.  But, Wilson’s birdie-free back nine hurt him slightly as Kohler birdied the 13th hole to help himself out.
Heading to the 17th hole, Wilson had the lead by one stroke over Kohler.  Kohler rolled in his birdie putt while Wilson missed his short par putt to bogey the hole and switch leaderboard positions with Kohler.  They headed to the final hole with Kohler up one stroke.
Kohler commented on his mindset heading to that final tee shot saying, “Do anything other than hit it in that right bunker.”
Unfortunately, despite all the room on the left side, he put his tee shot into the right fairway bunker and couldn’t reach the green in two, giving Wilson some hope.  Kohler ended up making a great up and down for par and for the win, while Wilson had a two-putt par to fall just short of a victory.
With the tough conditions and difficulty of the golf course, it can be challenging to stay in it mentally.  Kohler said, “You’re just kind of trying to grind and be patient.  I had a couple three-putts out there on the back but it’s the kind of thing out here this week and the speed of the greens, a lot of people are three putting so you have to put it in the past and get on to the next hole.”
Kohler was successfully able to put some of his bogeys aside and look ahead to the next hole.  He finished the day with a 73 (+1) and at five-over for the tournament.  Wilson ended up with a 75 (+3) to finish up the tournament at six-over par.
This win now marks Kohler’s second New Hampshire Mid-Amateur title, with his first from 2015 at Stonebridge Country Club.  He has had a solid year of golf and most recently finished Runner-up at the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship but was finally able to close it out for the win.
He said, “It feels great, it’s hard to win out here.  There’s just a lot of good players, a lot of good Mid-Amateurs, so it feels good to finally close one out.”
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to thank the entire staff at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club for their generosity in hosting the final NHGA championship of this unprecedented season.  The golf course was in phenomenal condition and was a great test for some of the top amateur golfers in the state.
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