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Top Players Withstand Difficult Weather Conditions to Lead NH Open

July 29th, 2021

Bedford, NH – While Chris Crawford did not have to face the rain to attain his eight-under par 36-hole total, Rich Berberian held onto his solid round to keep himself at the top following the second round of the 87th New Hampshire Open Championship presented by RMS with support from Northeast Delta Dental.  Both players are at the top of the leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 134 (-8) to lead by two strokes.  Berberian, the 18-hole tournament leader, shot a three-under par 68 with rain coming down for most of his round.  Crawford was able to avoid the rain, but did deal with some wind, on his way to a 66 (-5) to join Berberian at the top.
Crawford, who posted a solid opening round of 68 (-3), went out and shot two shots better in his second round.  He said, “I got off to kind of a rough start yesterday, I started on 10.  And then I made the turn and played really well on the front nine to finish up in the afternoon.”
“So, I felt kind of good starting back up on that nine today”, continued Crawford.  “I felt like maybe I could keep what I had going there.  I was able to do that, making a couple birdies there on the front and kept it going.”
With nothing worse that par on his card, Crawford made four birdies on the front nine and a birdie on Manchester Country Club’s 10th hole, to get to his five-under par round of 66.  He stated, “There are some opportunities there on the front if you get some wedges in your hand and I was able to take advantage of that.”
Crawford took full advantage of the front nine, even beginning his day with two birdies, which had to have boosted his confidence.  He also seemed to have liked playing in the afternoon for the first round and picking up where he left off with his game for the morning wave in the second round.  He now heads into the final round as one of the leaders, looking to keep the momentum going.
With more of a break between rounds, Crawford looks to just continue what he has been doing.  He commented, “If I keep playing like this and swinging the club like this, then I feel pretty comfortable.”
He will have to fend off Rich Berberian, a New Hampshire golfer with plenty of experience at Manchester Country Club.  Berberian had the unfortunate experience of having to play through the rain and withstand an hour-long weather delay in the middle of his round.  It did not seem to phase him much as he was still able to get the job done on the course.
Berberian’s round was a little more up and down that the previous day, but some of that can be attributed to the rain and wind in the afternoon.  Starting the day on the front nine, he went birdie-eagle to get himself to a quick three-under on the day.  Another birdie on the fourth hole at Manchester got him to four-under par, but back-to-back bogeys on 6 and 7 kept him to two-under par at the turn.
His back nine was steadier and more consistent with two birdies and one bogey to finish the day at three-under par, 68, and tied for the lead with Crawford. 
Berberian will look to use his local knowledge against the Pennsylvania native to try and capture his first New Hampshire Open title.
Another competitor who made a run up the leaderboard in the second round is Jack Casler.  Casler went out and did not let the rain bother him either.  He carded five birdies and one eagle on his way to a five-under par, 66 to match the low rounds of the tournament here at Manchester Country Club.  He even recorded a birdie on his closing hole to give himself confidence heading into the final round as he sits just two shots back of the leaders.
It was close, but the second round concluded just before dark with the cut to the final round at three-over par.  41 players are advancing on to try and claim the 87th New Hampshire Open Championship title.
The 87th New Hampshire Open Championship presented RMS with support from Northeast Delta Dental is a three-day, 54-hole championship tournament taking place at Manchester Country Club.  The 156-player field plays 18 holes each of the first two day, with a cut to the low 40 and ties following 36 holes.  Those advancing play a final 18 holes to determine who will be crowned this year’s champion.
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