GREENLAND – Thursday morning not solely marked the beginning of the 88th New Hampshire Open, it additionally marked the debut of Breakfast Hill Golf Membership as host of the occasion for the primary time.
Nonetheless, there have been loads of acquainted names concerned within the three-day match that concludes on Saturday, with a complete of 156 golfers on the course.
“It is a good monitor,” mentioned Valentino Cheek of Brentwood. “It is fascinating to see what quite a lot of the good golfers shall be enjoying right here. The course is in fine condition, slightly completely different format for one thing like this. It is enjoyable to observe, I prefer it.”
Buffalo’s Ben Reichert, Palm Harbor, Fla.’s Dylan MacQueen and Stamford, Connecticut’s Paul Pastore scored 6-under 64 to share the first-round lead. Baltimore’s Ryan Sielger, at 5-under 65, is one shot behind.
After Friday’s spherical, the beneath 40 gamers and ties advance to Saturday’s 18-hole ultimate spherical.
Together with Cheek, different Seacoast-area natives competing within the match embrace Scott Hacker from Newmarket, Jeffrey Sovis from Greenland, Michael Fiacco from Hampton Falls, Ryan Quinn from North Hampton and Chris Kelloway from Portsmouth.
Rye’s Jack Zioze withdrew from the occasion.
“I grew up enjoying right here,” mentioned Quinn, who shot a 3-over-par 73 and is tied at 5 for 53rd within the area of 150 golfers. “I used to be a member from ages 10 to twenty. The course is in nice form this week; agency, the greens are quick. You’ll be able to inform they have been engaged on it, they usually’ve been limiting tee occasions and members enjoying as a result of it is an amazing occasion.”
Quinn, who gained final 12 months’s Seacoast Newbie, known as her first-round play “sloppy.”
“I had a few three putts and simply a few dangerous misses,” Quinn mentioned. “I had three birdies in a row within the again (11, 12, 13) which was good; that acquired me going. Then I bogeyed 14 and 15, so it was sloppy. I wasn’t enjoying regular.”
Quinn talked about that you’ll want to have good wedge pictures on this course and mentioned he did not have that on Thursday.
“I simply did not have sufficient closed putts to offer me a superb look, so I needed to be slightly defensive on quite a lot of my putts,” he mentioned. “I did not have too many putts that I may go to and attempt to make. However, to say all that, 73, I suppose I am going to take it. I am not completely satisfied about it, but it surely’s a 54-hole occasion, so we have got lots left.” golf, that is just the start.
Quinn mentioned that two phrases that do not combine are “nerve-racking” and “golf,” and that is how he performed from the start.
“I needed to make quite a lot of lengthy putts for par,” he added. “I wasn’t stressing in regards to the match, I used to be stressing about the way in which I used to be enjoying, I did not make it straightforward for myself. So the truth that I shot 73, it may have gotten away from me for certain, however I am glad I cornered it, and I am not in a horrible place.”
Cheek shot 5-over-par 75, whereas Fiacco had 12-over-par 82, Hacker and Sovis shot 15-over-par 85, and Kelloway shot 17-over-par 87.
Cheek joked that whereas he is performed this course a superb variety of occasions, he did not essentially suppose it gave him an enormous benefit over others.
“It simply makes me slightly extra snug realizing the place a few of the flaws are,” he mentioned. “However I have never performed it lengthy sufficient to have an actual, enormous benefit.”
Cheek teamed up with Jonathan Pannone from Warwick, Rhode Island and Jeff Berkshire from Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Our group was quiet at present, we talked slightly bit,” mentioned Creek, who shot a 38 within the entrance 9 and a 37 within the again. “Nevertheless, we do not actually speak about golf, we simply speak about life.”
Kelloway, just like the others, loved the course and praised the way in which it’s.
“There are a few corky holes in there, and slightly tighter than I am used to,” he mentioned. “However general he is in fine condition and has some good placements at present.”
Kelloway mentioned he did not have his finest sport within the first spherical.
“There wasn’t quite a lot of tempo at present,” Kelloway mentioned. “I wasn’t actually as much as something, however I simply tried to hold in there, preserve my head up and do the perfect I may.”
MacQueen, who began on the entrance having seen solely about three holes at Breakfast Hill earlier than his first spherical, made a gradual begin, paring his first 4 holes. From there, he birdied the following three holes and closed out his first 9 holes with one other birdie that took the lead early on.
“I acquired off to a superb begin, fairly regular with a few pairs,” MacQueen mentioned. “I had a superb run and made three birdies in a row. I had a enjoyable shot on the 9 the place he flew into the cup and simply bounced off it, and it was good to get the spin on 4-under.”
Stephen Ramos of Danville, Colin Andrade (Sandwich, Massachusetts) and Jack Tegan of Northborough, Massachusetts are the shortest amateurs, all capturing par 70s.