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Seeds Set: Match Play Set to Begin at Mike Ryan Memorial Championship

July 19th, 2021

Derryfield, NH- Even with a gloomy start to the day, players set their minds to a bright finish as the first round of the Mike Ryan Memorial Championship got underway today.

No stranger to being at the top is Evan Rollins (Laconia CC) who shot an impressive three under par, 67 today to give him the number one seed going into match play. Evan finished up the front nine at even par with a bogey and a birdie carded. When he made the turn, that is when he really turned on the heat, carding three more birdies.

“I was able to hit the ball well the entire day to give myself a bunch of chances for birdie and some of them were able to go down” said Rollins after the round. “I hit the driver really well today and was able to keep it in all day,” continued Rollins. This rang true, as his card was bogey free on the back.

Rollins is familiar with match play, as he has played in many match play events including the New Hampshire Amateur and previous Mike Ryan Tournaments. When switching from a stroke play to a match play mindset Rollins just wants to “try to hit greens and give himself chances for birdies to win holes.”

At the top of the Elite Girls Division is Delaney Nadeau (CandiaOaks). She was able to card an 81, just edging out Julianna Megan (Hoodkroft CC) by one stroke for the top seed in her division bracket.

Some mistakes were made on the front nine, but Nadeau was able to turn the round around once she got to the back. “I definitely left some shots out there, once we made the turn something started to click,” said Nadeau after the round. She was able to card two key birdies on the back nine to help her earn the top spot.

Already having played in the Women’s Match Play Championship earlier this year, Nadeau is used to the pressure that match play can bring. When talking about her mindset going into match play, she says that for her, the mindset doesn’t change.
“I play every event like match play against the girls in my group. I love match play so it is just going out with the mindset that every hole and swing is important,” stated Nadeau. A mindset that is important to have as each hole of the match can create a different outcome.

In the Prep Boys Division, Jim Schouller (Abenaqui CC) sits in the number one seed with his score of eight over par, 78. Jim had a strong round, kicking it off with a birdie and carding another birdie on the back nine. He will look to continue that momentum heading into match play.

Madelyn Savary (Beaver Meadow GC) has the number one seed in the Prep Girls Division with her score of sixteen over par, 86. Savary carded some key pars all throughout her round to push her to the top. She is no stranger to this event, and is ready to take on match play in the next round.

The Mike Ryan Memorial Championship was formally known as the Red Ryan Tournament. The NHGA Junior Tour made the decision in 2019 to name the tournament after Mike Ryan, who dedicated his life to the growth of junior golf around New Hampshire. This tournament will honor his name and his legacy at Derryfield Country Club. The Mike Ryan Memorial Championship is a three-day tournament with the first round being 18 holes of qualifying stroke play, with two days of match play to follow. 
 
Complete results from today’s qualifying round can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/3115579