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Thresher Has Hold on Lead After Two Rounds at NH Open

July 27th, 2017

Author: Kate Kellar
Bedford, NH –  With experience under his belt, both playing at Manchester Country Club and winning State Opens, Jason Thresher (West Suffield, CT) has a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the NH Open presented by Xfinity with support from Northeast Delta Dental.  Duking it out for the Low Amateur title are Ryan Tombs (Bedford, NH) and Jake Goodman (San Antonio, TX).
Thresher, a solid professional player out of Connecticut, has won the Massachusetts Open Championship for the past two years; there is no question about his experience sitting at the top of the leaderboard.  After an opening round 66, he kept it steady with a 67 in the second round to maintain his lead and gain a two-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes.
Tournament Director Greg Howell caught up with Thresher to talk about his round.  Thresher stated, “Today I struck the ball a lot better than I did yesterday.  Yesterday was my first time around the course so I played a little more conservative.”
Heading into the final round with the lead, Thresher says, “Hopefully I can keep hitting it as well as I did today and hit a few putts a little better.” 
Local golfer and Southern New Hampshire University golf coach, Matt Arvanitis shot a 3-under par, 68 to keep his name towards the top of the leaderboard.  He is joined up there by Brett White (Grand Rapids, MI) who found five birdies on the course on his way to a four under par round. 
The Low Amateur race is tight between Ryan Tombs and Jake Goodman.  Tombs, Manchester Country Club (MCC) member with numerous MCC rounds under his belt over the years, found his rhythm for a four-under 67.  Tombs will be looking to grab the Low Amateur title from Goodman who also shot 67 but with a 69 in his opening round, Goodman leads Tombs by one stroke.
Reflecting back on his goals for the Championship, Goodman said, “I wanted to come in and give myself a shot at winning this thing and I have, three shots back.  As far as I’m concerned, the goal doesn’t change.  Go out, shoot a good number and keep the card clean and see if I can walk away the trophy”.
With the cutline at two-over par, 144, 43 golfers have made the cut to the 18-hole final round.  Among those golfers are Kirk Hanefeld, Chris Houston and Chelso Barrett.  Hanefeld is a well-known name in the New Hampshire golf world as he has won numerous tournaments, including the NH Open in 1982.  Houston and Barrett, both recently turned professionals from New Hampshire, have each made the cut by shooting a two-day total of even par.
The final round will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday, July 28th
The New Hampshire Open is a three-day, individual stroke play event.  All players play 18 holes each of the first two days.  Following round two, the field is cut to the low 40 plus ties who then play 18 holes in round three to conclude the tournament.
Second Round Results can be found here:
Final Round Tee Times can be found here: