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Three Teams Tied at Top of NHGA Gross Four Ball Leaderboard

June 6th, 2019

Rochester, NH –  As the rain cleared and sun came out, three teams found their way to the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Gross Four Ball Championship at Rochester Country Club.  Jack Brown/ Brandon Gillis, Eric Evans/ Nick Hampoian, and Matt Paradis/ Josh Lacasse all fired 8-under par to be tied heading into the final round.
 
At the turn, Brown and Gillis sat at 6-under par and it almost looked like they might be able to run away with the title if they kept it up.  But a slow back nine for the duo allowed for more teams to make their way to the top alongside them.  Brown and Gillis were just two-under on the back despite three birdies and a bogey on the 14th hole.  Finishing as the first team at 8-under, they find themselves in the final group for Round 2, a place they have been before as they are the defending champions of this event.
 
Evans and Hampoian almost flip flopped their nines with Brown and Gillis as they started out at just 2-under par, but turned on the jets on the back nine and shot 6-under par.  Meanwhile, Paradis and Lacasse went out and fired two consistent nines, at four-under a piece to get to 8-under.  Paradis shot 64 on his own ball to continue his strong play this season.  Paradis and Lacasse are sitting in familiar position as they won this event just two years ago. 
 
Other highlights from the day include a hole-in-one on the 159-yard par-3, 7th hole from Ken Nilson.  Nilson and his partner, Ryan Martel finished up at two-over par for the day.  Jim Cilley and Mike Mahan are just three back of the leading three teams at 5-under par; they are also past champions of this tournament.
 
The NHGA Gross Four Championship is a two-day, 36-hole championship event, this year being held at Rochester Country Club.  Team of two golfers compete to earn the Four Ball title.
 
Round 1 Results can be found here: https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2036781
Round 2 Pairings can be found here:  https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2023553

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