By ALLISON MITZEL
With the 113th New Hampshire Amateur Championship just two days away, players all over the state have been busy preparing their games for the week-long event. This prestigious event will be held at Laconia Country Club, and will consist of two days of stroke play starting Monday, and then the low 64 players will advance to match play on Wednesday. The single elimination matches will be played the rest of the week, with the championship match to be played on Saturday.
In order to play in the amateur, players had to qualify at one of the eight available qualifying sites. The sites where 18 holes of qualifying were held this year were at Windham Country Club, Nashua Country Club, Lochmere Golf & Country Club, Breakfast Hill Golf Club, North Conway Country Club, Hanover Country Club, Waukewan Golf Course, and Concord Country Club. As the host site of the Championship, Laconia Country Club also had a qualifying round for its members for a one-spot exemption.
The 36 holes of stroke play will begin Monday at 7:30 a.m. off of the first and 10th tees of Laconia Country Club. One hundred forty-four players will have their chance to make the top 64 after two rounds of stroke-play on Monday and Tuesday. The players will be grouped into 48 threesomes, and will be representing courses from all over the state.
Justin Dockham of Laconia Country Club will be in the first group teeing off Monday morning. He noted how the membership and himself are excited to be the host club for the tournament, and for the opportunity to play the championship on his home course. He said, "It will be exciting to see the best amateurs in the state taking on the course we play everyday. The course is in as good of condition as I can remember, and should be a great test. My game is in good shape, but I have tried to spend some additional time working on my short game."
Other individuals representing Laconia Country Club are A,J, Correia, Dan Doyle, Bill Everett, Eric Foster, Chris Houston and Hayden Maroun. Best of luck to all participants in the championship, and we at Laconia Country Club look forward to hosting you this coming week.
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