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DeForest Hung On to Win New Hampshire Open

July 29th, 2016

Author: Kate Kellar
Thornton, NH –  Chris DeForest of Cottekill, NY came out on top at the 81st New Hampshire Open Championship held at Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club.  DeForest finished his round with a three-day total of ten-under par, 206.  The strong play was matched by Shawn Warren, Cape Elizabeth, ME and Andrew Rauscher, Cave Creek, AZ, forcing a playoff to determine the champion.
DeForest started his round strong with five birdies in the first nine holes, making it appear as though he was going to just run away with the lead.  Those birdies slowed down a bit, which allowed other players in the field to catch up.  At one point, there were at least four players tied at 9-under for the tournament.
“I was pretty nervous because I haven’t been competing around the lead for the last couple months.  I had to stay patient and had to be reminded of that several times”, says DeForest.  “I was fortunate to get off to a really good start and unfortunately was just hanging on for the back nine”. 
DeForest was thrilled to earn the New Hampshire Open title, “It feels great, I don’t think I’ve won a professional event that had over 30 players in it.  It’s nice to play against a deeper field and come out on top.”  He earned himself a $5,000 check and more confidence going into his next tournament.
Low amateur honors were achieved by Kip Webber from Boxborough, MA, who shot an impressive 6-under par, 66 to finish the tournament with a three-day total of 208.  Webber did not card one bogey on route to that 66—he played solid, consistent golf all week.  Another notable performance came from Daniel Augustus of Pembroke, Bermuda, finishing his final round at 7-under par, 65.  That score propelled him up the leaderboard to finish the tournament T14.
The New Hampshire Open will move to Manchester Country Club in 2017.
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.
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