Cory Mansfield wasn’t about to jump at any job offer, but the more he investigated the opening at Derryfield Country Club the more intrigued he became. Derryfield, which is owned by the city of Manchester, offered some things that other golf clubs couldn’t.
In March a marriage was formed when Mansfield, 48, was hired as Derryfield’s golf pro.
“I didn’t know much about the job and what it entailed at first,” Mansfield said. “It’s a different kind of golf job because you have ownership of golf operations and I can kind of run the golf course the way I want to run it in partnership with the city. I guess I’m kind of a sub-contractor for the city. The ownership aspect was the main reason the job was attractive to me.
“It’s an active golf course, a busy golf course, which is something I wanted. It falls on me for this place to succeed — at least a lot of it.”
Mansfield, who has been a PGA Class A professional since 1996, most recently worked as the head golf pro at Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield. He has also worked at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, the Country Club of New Hampshire in New London, Hanover Country Club and operated his own golf academy in Lebanon. He has also worked at courses in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.
He replaces longtime Derryfield pro Mike Ryan, who passed away in November following a battle with cancer. Mansfield said he and Ryan had been friends for many years.
Mansfield grew up in Lebanon and, in addition to golf, played basketball, baseball and football in his younger days. He also skied and was a competitive runner.
“I excelled more in golf,” he explained. “I kind of got hooked on the game and stuck with it.”
He played golf at Florida Southern for his first two years in college, but gave up college golf to join the cross country team for his final two years at Florida Southern. He became a professional golfer during his senior season in college.
“I just wasn’t having any fun (playing competitive golf in college) and I was an active runner,” Mansfield said. “I got re-energized with that one year off.”
Mansfield said things have been running smooth since he was hired, and is enjoying what he called “a unique job” in the golf business.
“When I interviewed I told them I was looking for my last job, and I hope this is it,” Mansfield said. “I enjoy the job and that’s the most important part. I love coming to work.”
The 2026 New Hampshire Amateur Championship will be held at Cochecho Country Club in Dover, the New Hampshire Golf Association announced Friday. The State Am was played at Cochecho in 1971, 1988 and 2009.
Cochecho has also been the host course for three New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championships, two New Hampshire Boys’ Junior Championships and will be the site for the New Hampshire Senior Championship later this season.
“For many, many years the NHGA has valued the relationship we have with Cochecho and it was with great excitement that we approached the club about the possibility of hosting another State Amateur,” NHGA executive director Matt Schmidt said. “We’re thrilled to be returning in 2026 and look forward to a great test of golf as we crown the 123rd New Hampshire Amateur Champion. Our sincere thanks go out to the Cochecho members and staff who helped make this happen.”
The State Am is a six-day tournament beginning with 36-holes of stroke play that determines the 64 golfers who will advance to the match-play rounds. Once the field has been whittled to two golfers, 36 holes of match play will determine the champion.
Hooksett’s Matt Paradis, a member of the 2019 Southern New Hampshire University men’s golf team, was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Year on Monday.
Paradis, a senior who was selected to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING East All-Region Team last month, also earned an All-Conference First Team accolade for the third time in his college career. Paradis shot even-par and averaged a team-best 71.7 shots per round in 25 rounds of golf last season. He set an NE-10 record by shooting 8 under par at the NE-10 Championship and became the first golfer to win back-to-back conference titles since 2012-13.
Paradis finished among the top 10 in nine of the 11 events he played in, including seven top-five finishes. He won the Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational (Sept. 10) and the Penmen Fall Invitational (Sept. 18), before making it three straight victories when he captured the NE-10 Championship (Oct. 1) with a two-round total of 136. He ended the regular season with a victory at the Penmen Spring Invitational (April 19) and then fired a 5-under-par 211 to capture the regional crown, before carding a 219 at the NCAA National Championships (May 22). Paradis was a four-time NE-10 Golfer of the Week (Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Oct. 24, April 3) during the season.
The team of Nick Hampoian and Eric Evans won the New Hampshire Golf Association’s Gross Four Ball Championship June 7 at Rochester Country Club. Hampoian and Evans earned a spot in a playoff by shooting 14 under par, and then beat the team of Paradis and Josh Lacasse on the first playoff hole.
The 30th Annual Dave Nixon Golf Classic sponsored by the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will be held at Beaver Meadow Country Club in Concord on June 26. This tournament features a scramble format with a shotgun start. There will be three flights set up by handicap. The entry fee is $95 per person or $375 per foursome. Green fees include golf cart, lunch and a chance to win prizes. Contact Jack Gati for more details or to register: (603) 305-1084.
The deadline to register for the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Golf Classic is Friday. This year’s event will be held July 12 at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown. The tournament raises money to help “honor, celebrate and preserve New Hampshire’s rich ice hockey history and support the development of hockey.”
To register contact Jim Hayes at email@example.com or (603) 731-4168.
Taylor Simpson of The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth fired a 1-under-par 71 to take medalist honors at the Bretwood Golf Course qualifier for this summer’s NHGA Amateur Championship. Simpson, the only golfer who finished under par on the South Course, is one of 22 players who qualified for the State Am, which will begin July 8 at Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland.