(Reuters) — Hometown favorite Bernd Ritthammer carded five birdies to join overnight leader Robert MacIntyre at the top of the leaderboard, setting up a tense finale heading into Sunday’s final round of the European Open in Germany.

By sinking a lengthy birdie putt on the 16th hole at North Conway Country Club on Thursday, Craig Steckowych gave him and partner Scott Peters the edge they needed to win the New Hampshire Senior Four-Ball Championship.

Nashua native John DeVito was not familiar with the Portsmouth Country Club course and did not have much prior success in the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship to draw from entering the 116th edition of the five-day tournament.

HANOVER Country Club’s Pat Pelletier has never played in a USGA event, but that will soon change. Pelletier has exempt status for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which will be held Sept. 14-19 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., and CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.

Tiger Woods addressed the media after playing a modified nine holes Wednesday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., ahead of the Northern Trust Open and FedEx Cup Playoffs, and reiterated what he's said all season regarding the state of his game and health: "It's a challenge."

Hooksett’s Matt Paradis fired a 4-under-par 68 and held a one-stroke lead after Tuesday’s first round of the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at Green Meadow Golf Course in Hudson.

LITCHFIELD RESIDENT Chelsea Sedlar may not have spent the last year obsessing about the missed putt on Portsmouth Country Club’s 18th green that cost her a chance of winning her third straight New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship, but she hasn’t forgotten about it either.

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