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Top Girls Advance on, While Boys Divisions Saw Upsets

July 20th, 2021

Derryfield, NH- It was a hazy day in Manchester as Match Play got underway in the Mike Ryan Memorial Championship.

With the semi-finals off in the morning for the Elite Girls Division, Julianna Megan (Hoodkroft CC) took and early lead over Teagan Nadeau (CandiaOaks). “I got off the tee really well today. It was much better than yesterday,” said Megan after the match. That statement rang true as she gained an early lead and was able to hold on to it to close out the match 6 & 5.

Julianna will face Delaney Nadeau (CandiaOaks) in the final match tomorrow morning. “I don’t know if my game is going to change that much going into tomorrow. I played really well today and if I can just get off the tee and get myself in some good locations to get to the green I will be in good shape,” said Julianna looking to tomorrow.

The Prep Girls Division had their final match this afternoon. After receiving a bye in the first round, Madelyn Savary (Beaver Meadow GC) took the title this afternoon. She won her match over Olivia Georgantas (Intervale CC) 9&7.

When asked about the final match, Mady said, “I definitely felt like I did better on the front nine today. I made a lot more putts.”

Savary is a strong competitor in all aspects of the game of golf, but her putting was definitely on fire today as she was able to roll many of them in to win holes. “To win the final hole, I had to make a pretty long putt and I did, so I am very happy about that.”

In the Elite Boys Division, the semi-finals will get underway tomorrow morning. Players had to battle through two matches today to earn their spots in the semis. One of those players is Stephan Ramos (Atkinson Resort & CC). Ramos won his match this morning 2&1, and then defeated Myles O’Quinn (Portsmouth CC) this afternoon 4&3.

“I got off to a really good start today being three up through three holes. Coming into the back nine, I made a couple putts and forced him to make birdies,” stated Ramos looking back on his match against O’Quinn.

Ramos is just coming off from playing at the New Hampshire Amateur in North Conway, and brought some of the momentum from that event into his match play game today, stating that “match play is a little bit different from stroke play, but I like to play more aggressive, so it helps me.”

Ramos will face off against Connor Allard (Portsmouth CC) in the Semi Finals tomorrow morning. The other semi final match will consist of Evan Rollins (Laconia CC) and Hunter Duncan (Concord CC).

In the Elite Boys First Flight, the final match will consist of Jack Poitras (Golf Club of New England) and Drew Cameron (Derryfield CC). The Elite Boys Second Flight final match will have Kody Dexter (Pembroke Pines CC) and Jascha Johnston (Youth on Course) facing off against each other tomorrow morning.

The Prep Boys Division will also head into the semi finals tomorrow morning. The number 1 seed, Jim Schouller (Abenaqui CC) is still in play after receiving a bye in the morning match and defeating Jeffery Maddock (Youth on COurse) 3&2. Schouller will face off against the fifth seed, David Bourgeois (Concord CC), tomorrow morning for a spot in the finals. The second semi final match in the Prep Boys Division will consist of the second seed, Josh Radjavitch () and the sixth seed, Carl Sirrianna (Pembroke Pines CC).

The finals of the Birdie Division (9 holes) finished up this morning. Aaryan Narang (Youth on Course) faced Tyler Morin (Youth on Course). The two players battled it out the entire match, keeping it tied all nine holes, sending it to extra holes. Aaryan Narang was able to edge a win in 10 holes.

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