THE New England Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Invitational will have a little more to offer this summer. This is the first year in the NEGA’s 92-year history that teams of female junior golfers will have an opportunity to compete for a New England team title.
The girls’ team competition will be held in conjunction with the New England Junior Amateur Invitational, which features seven junior boys’ golfers from each New England state competing for a team championship (top five scores from each state) as well as an individual title. Starting this summer each New England state will also have the opportunity to field a team of three female junior amateurs that will compete in the 54-hole event that will be held over two days. Each golfer will compete for the individual medalist title in addition to the team championship.
This year’s Junior Amateur Invitational will be held Aug. 11-13 at Mill River Country Club in Stratford, Conn.
“We’ll start with three female competitors from each state and then build from there in years to come,” Greg Howell, manager of NEGA operations, said. “Our six collective states represent a wealth of young talent, so it’s now time to let them shine on a New England stage. Providing these young female competitors with a chance to compete as a team against other New England stats will be a tremendous opportunity for them and is an important stepping stone for future growth and exposure for our association.”
The New England Girls’ Junior Amateur Invitational is the NEGA’s fourth major championship, joining the New England Amateur, the New England Junior Amateur Invitational and the New England Senior Amateur.
“We have always made it our mission to provide the best opportunities for our young talent,” NEGA executive secretary Harry McCracken said. “Giving these young girls a chance to shine in their own team championship is important for them and historic for us as an association.”
The most underrated golf event in New Hampshire? It might be the Seacoast Amateur Golf Championship, a three-day event played on three courses each June. This year’s Seacoast Am begins Friday at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham. Round 2 will be held Saturday at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye before the 54-hole tournament wraps up Sunday at The Ledges Golf Club in York, Maine.
Dover’s Brett Wilson, a member at The Golf Club of New England, has won the Seacoast Am a record five times. Portsmouth Country Club’s Eric Evans is the defending champion.
Don Folsom (Cochecho), Peter Harrity (Rochester/Abenaqui) and Neil Kelley (Abenaqui) have each won the tournament four times. Craig Steckowych (Cochecho/Portsmouth) has won the event three times.
The Seacoast Am also includes a team competition and a Senior championship for players 55 and older.
Tuesday was the first day of qualifying to determine the field for this year’s New England Amateur Championship, which will be held July 23-25 at the Quechee Club in Quechee, Vt. Twenty-eight golfers advanced in the first 18-hole qualifying tournament, which was held at Lake Sunapee Country Club. Three of the 51 golfers in the field shot under par.
Sam Ohno, a rising junior on the Dartmouth College men’s golf team, made four birdies and led the way with a 2-under-par 68. Laconia Country Club’s Ryan Anderson tied for second with a 1-under-par 69.
A New Hampshire representative hasn’t won the New England Amateur since Steckowych prevailed at the Quechee Club in 2001. New Castle’s Nick McLaughlin was representing Massachusetts when he won the 2015 New England Am at Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury.
Hooksett resident Rich Berberian shot a 5-under-par 67 to win the New Hampshire Chapter of the PGA pro-am at Stonebridge Country Club on Monday. Berberian, the pro at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsborough, Mass., finished four strokes ahead of Danny Kish (Atkinson Country Club) and Matt Levins (Beaver Meadow Golf Course).
Berberian and his amateur partners, Ryan Friel, Jeff Monahan and Andy Page, tied for first place in the team format with a 16-under-par 128. Laconia Country Club pro Dan Wilkins and his partners, Bill Everett, Nick Sceggell and Randy Pike, also finished at 128.
Bedford’s Jim Barry posted the low gross score (79) for golfers age 57 to 74 in the Valley Seniors Golf Association’s tournament held Wednesday at Crown Point Country Club in Springfield, Vt. Walpole’s David Howell had the lowest net score in that age bracket (69).
Plainfield’s Robert Coli had the lowest gross score (86) among those 75-87; and Gil Fuld posted the best net score (73) in that division. Keene’s Kimball Temple was closest to the pin.
New Hampshire Golf Calendar
June 25: NEWGA President’s Cup (Stonebridge CC)
June 26-27: Women’s Team Championship (Mt. Washington Resort)
June 27: Junior Girls Championship (Intervale)
July 1: Stroke Play Series (Exeter CC)
July 8-13: New Hampshire Amateur (Portsmouth CC)
July 23-25: New England Amateur (Quechee Club)
July 24: Parent-Child Championship (Stonebridge CC)
July 29-31: Junior Championship (Beaver Meadow GC)
Aug. 6-8: Stroke Play Championship (Green Meadow GC)
Aug. 11-13: New England Junior Amateur (Mill River CC)
Aug. 21-22: Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (Baker Hill GC)
Aug. 27: Stroke Play Series (Intervale CC)
Sept. 17-18: New England Senior Amateur (Biddeford-Saco CC)