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Wilson Heads to Second Round of NH Mid-Amateur With Two-Shot Leads After Opening Round 69

October 6th, 2020

New Durham, NH – With the first round of the New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship being held at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club complete, Brett Wilson (The Golf Club of New England) finds himself at the top of the leaderboard with an opening round 69 (-3).  His three-under par round is good enough to lead by two, as Jamie Ferullo (Rochester CC) sits two shots back with a first round 71 (-1).  Wilson and Ferullo were the only under-par rounds of the day.
Beginning his day on the back nine of scenic Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club, Wilson started off steady and that’s where his game stayed for the day.  He birdied the par-3, 11th hole to get to one-under par and made all pars until a bogey on the 17th, but quickly followed it up with a birdie to make the turn at one-under par. 
He went on to make two birdies on his back nine, the 1st and 2nd holes of Lake Winnipesaukee.  He also birdied the 6th hole to get himself to four-under par but bogeyed the 8th after just missing the green long.  Closing out his round with a par, he finished the day at three-under par 69.
“I played my game.  I didn’t try to overpower the golf course,” stated Wilson after his round.  “I think I hit 15 greens in regulation and had plenty of putts at it.  I made a couple long ones and I got lucky with the putters a couple of times.”
While it seems as though some players may have struggled a little, especially on the fast greens, Wilson was confident in his game having played the course numerous times leading up to the tournament.  “I have played it a lot this year.  I really enjoy the golf course; I think it’s a fun golf course,” commented Wilson.
“There are a lot of birdies to be had and you can make a big number if you’re not careful out there,” continued Wilson.  “I think it’s easier to play a golf course when you enjoy playing it.”
Wilson leads the field by two strokes, but knows he needs to stay at the top of his game to maintain that lead throughout the remainder of the tournament.  He says, “There are a lot of guys who are very good in this field and they can go low so I would say you have to play the best you possibly can.  I would say there is no lead that is safe with this field.”
One of those strong players to keep an eye on is Jamie Ferullo who was the only player to join Wilson with an under-par round.  Ferullo shot a one-under par, 71 with a highlight on the 13th hole where he made eagle.  Despite three bogeys on his card, his eagle and two birdies led him to a 71 and solo-second position on the leaderboard.
Defending New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Champion, Matt Burroughs (Derryfield CC) is in a comfortable position on the leaderboard after an up and down opening round.  He ultimately shot a one-over par, 73 which included six birdies, but the five bogeys and one double bogey held him back from catching Wilson or Ferullo.  Burroughs is tied in third place with 2015 New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Champion, Ryan Kohler (Hooper GC) and Justin Dockham (Laconia CC).
Another golfer to look out for is 2020 New Hampshire Amateur Champion, James Pleat who went out and shot a 74 (+2).  James is a two-time past champion of this tournament, having won it in 2017 and 2018.  His front nine included two bogeys and one birdie, while his back nine had just one bogey on the 10th hole and pars the rest of the way to show his consistent golf.  Pleat is tied for fourth place after round one with Kurt Eddins (Cochecho CC) and Eric Foster (Laconia CC).
The entire field will look to chase down Brett Wilson as they enter the second round of the championship.  Wilson is a two-time past champion, having won in 2013 and 2014.  He not only has experience winning the tournament, but his knowledge of the course could give him the edge up on the other strong golfers close behind him.
The Robert H. Elliott New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship is a three-day, 54-hole individual stroke play tournament open to male amateur golfers in New Hampshire age 25 and older.  Following 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 27 and ties who will move on to play 18 more holes to determine the champion.
Round 1 Results: CLICK HERE
Round 2 Tee Times: CLICK HERE