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Wire-To-Wire Victory Gets Desjardins His First NHGA Title at NH Boys Junior Championship

August 5th, 2020

Grantham, NH – Evan Desjardins captured his first New Hampshire Golf Association title as he went wire-to-wire to win the New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship held at Eastman Golf Links.  Desjardins completed the 54-hole tournament with a 74 (+3) in the final round of the competition to finish at four-over par to win by six shots.  Colin McCaigue worked his way up the leaderboard to finish in the runner-up position for the tournament at 10-over par, which included a solid 72 (+1) in the final round.
“I started off pretty solid,” commented Desjardins after his win.   “I made a couple of pars on the first couple holes.  Through the turn I started to struggle a little bit but I just knew I had to put my head down and keep going.”
Although the final round was not his best score of the week, his front nine was very consistent with eight pars and just one bogey on the 7th hole.  He ran into some bogey trouble on the back nine towards the end of the round, but he kept it together for a 74 and a win.
Desjardins did not really find much trouble throughout the week, even with the weather during the second round, he stayed consistent throughout the tournament.  He said, “I was driving the ball really well.  I only missed six fairways all week, so I was giving myself a lot of birdie chances.”
“My mental game this week was just really good,” continued Desjardins.  “I spoke with my coach a lot and we spoke about what mindset I should be in.”
He started and ended the day with a six-shot lead, giving him a good cushion from the rest of the field.  After the round he stated, “I felt really confident to start off, especially on the first couple of holes.  I was striking it really good so I knew that if I kept playing how I had the previous couple of days then I could just hold it together.  It was nice to have a little buffer.”
This victory is Desjardins’ first NHGA championship title.  He said, “It feels really fantastic.  It’s been a couple years that I’ve tried to make this happen, so it feels really great to finally win it.”
One of the golfers in the field that was chasing Desjardins down was Colin McCaigue who went and fired a one-over 72 in the final round.  McCaigue’s scores got progressively better throughout the week, but unfortunately wasn’t enough to catch Desjardins.
Following the final round McCaigue commented saying, “The first day I struggled to putt, I hit the ball alright, but I had five three-putts the first day.  But we came out the next day, the putter was a little bit better, I think I only had one three-putt and that really was the difference for my first and second rounds.”
While McCaigue’s first two rounds didn’t go exactly how he wanted, he began the final round strong.  He said, “I finally came out today hitting the ball a lot better.  I chipped in on one for birdie and birdied two as well, so I was two-under thru two, off to a hot start.”
From there, he made a few bogeys before making the turn, but headed to the back nine where he carded two birdies and only one bogey to finish the day with a 72 (+1).
“I came here to win, I wanted to try and put a good number together,” stated McCaigue.  “My goal was to shoot no more than a 68 the final day.  I was excited after the first two holes because I had a chance, but I made a couple sloppy bogeys coming in.  I finished strong, birdied 12 and 16 on the way in and finished with one-over par so I can’t be too mad about it.”
In the First Flight of the tournament, Sam Hopkins took the top position with a 72 (+1) in the final round to win by four shots over his fellow competitors.  Hopkins’ final round of 72 is his lowest round ever, a great time to accomplish that.  And for the Second Flight, Calvin Reilly took the win with three consistent rounds to win by three shots in his flight.
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to thank Eastman Golf Links for hosting this championship event over the past three days.