Club Championship Recap

The weekend was full of excitement with our Club Championship's. The weather was not great but that didn’t stop competitors from competing for the titles.
Congratulations to the following champions over the weekend:

Men’s Championship – Rich Reeves
Women’s Championship – Beth Hamilton
Men’s Senior Championship – Ron Briggs
Men’s Super-Senior Championship – Mark Hampton

Click Here for the overall results.

There was excitement in the Men’s Championship coming up the final hole. The final group of Scott Underhill, Rich Reeves and Travis Banga were tied in overall score thru 17 holes. Scott, Travis and Rich scrambled up the 18th hole with Rich and Travis making tough bogey’s and Scott making an unfortunate double bogey to miss going to the sudden death playoff heading back to hole 18.

The sudden death playoff started out with Rich hitting a drive down the left side of the fairway. Travis missed his tee shot leaving him to hit a mid-iron for position for his approach into the green. Rich hit a fairway wood to the front of the green leaving him a long pitch to a back flag. Travis hit his third shot right at the flag leaving him a 30 footer up the hill for par. Rich hit a great pitch up to 6 feet. Travis looked over his putt and made a great stroke but came up just short with the wet conditions. Rich went on to make his putt for par and win the Men’s Championship.

Beth Hamilton, our 2017 Women’s Champion, played a great first round shooting a 75 to have a 2 shot lead over Mindy Williams and an 8 shot lead over Robin Mongeon. Beth continued her steady play on Sunday to shoot a 78 to win this year’s Championship by 10 shots.

The Men’s Senior Championship was a tight race. After Saturday’s round, there were 6 people within 4 strokes of the lead which was going to make for a great Sunday finish. Ron Briggs, John Boisvert and Jim Gammon were sitting at 79 after Saturday with past Champion Perry Powers lurking at 80. Ron played a nice round on Sunday shooting an 81 to win by 1 over Jim Cragg and Perry Powers.

The Super-Senior Championship was a battle of experience. The first day Craig Markert held the lead shooting an 83 with Mark Hampton just 2 shots back and Carl Gopfert 5 shots back. Mark Hampton did a fine job at battling the elements shooting a 76 on Sunday to take the win by 4 over Craig Markert. We all should look up to the players in this flight still competing at their respective ages to claim a championship. My hats off to you gentleman. 

The Club Championship is one of the most exciting tournaments at any club. This year was not a disappointment by any means. It’s a lot of fun to watch competitive golf and see the excitement when someone posts a great score. Congratulations to our winners on a great weekend of golf.

Championship Golf

Canterbury Woods was the proud host to the 2018 New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship this past week. There was a lot of New Hampshire's best amateur golfer's participating and some great golf was played. Congratulations to champion Pat Pelletier with a score of 15 under par for the 72 hole Championship. Pat played a great second round shooting a 64 to cushion his lead going into 36 holes on Thursday. It was a fun event to host and we look forward to working with the NHGA in the future. Click Here for the Results of the Championship.

This weekend have our Club Championship's being played over 36 holes. We have a great sign-up with our past champions in the field and it will be an exciting weekend to honor our new Club Champions.


Grab the Edge

As we reach the summer months and get fully into the golf season, what keeps you motivated to get better? What goal do you have for yourself? If you’ve never played an event, do you put yourself out there and sign up for one? This is what makes Golf such a great sport. It’s the true test of yourself and nothing else. Growing up playing in tournaments, with friends, a random pairing or by myself, there was always a goal whether to break par, play better than the group I was in or place top 5,3 or win the tournament I was in. Each time you peg that tee in the ground, place a ball on top, step back and look down the hole you are about to play, make sure you play for something. Small goals lead to bigger goals and can make this game so much more enjoyable than it already is.

Hole Outs, Hole In One’s and Another Major

Over the last week, there has been some great shots played on tour and here at Canterbury Woods. Dustin Johnson with a walk off, hole out, on 18 to win in Memphis, Stewart Cink with a Sunday Hole In One, Peter Christensen, member here at Canterbury Woods, with a Hole In One on Hole #8 and Mindy Williams, also a member here at Canterbury Woods, with a Hole In One on Hole #13. That feeling you get when you hit a great shot and see that ball disappear in the hole. Golfer’s dream of having those shots and the day they come true, its surreal.

The second major, US Open, tournament is this weekend. No better weekend than to have it fall on Father’s Day. It’s fun to see the USGA setup such a challenging four days of golf for the country and worlds best golfers to compete. Shinnecock Hills is one of the greatest venues and always sets up for a challenge of its own. I am very excited to enjoy some golf over the weekend.

To all the Father’s out there, Happy Father’s Day. I hope you get to enjoy your day doing what you love.

Golf's Up Rise

As season ramps up, golfers are coming out of winter hibernation, the course is getting some work done to make it all the better once we hit the Memorial Day weekend and into the full season of golf.

Last night, after hitting a large bucket of balls at a local driving range, I was walking back to my vehicle and I looked around at how many people were occupying the range. Beginners, intermediate, couples, high school, college, recreational, all types of golfers were present, it really goes to show how great this game is no matter how good or inexperienced you may be. As a young golf professional, this was really fulfilling to see that there is a future for golf and people have taken up the interest again for this great game. I can’t say there is one thing that has contributed to people’s spark for golf, but the industry is doing a great job and I hope to see a steep trend.

Practice hard, play well and enjoy your time on the range or the course.