Joe Leavitt wins New Hampshire State Amateur
From the New Hampshire Golf Association

Goffstown, New Hampshire (July 19, 2014) - Joe Leavitt of Atkinson Resort & CC capped off a dominate week with a 6 & 4 36-hole match play victory over Damon Salo in the 111th New Hampshire Amateur Championship.

Leavitt was in control early as he won the first hole with an eagle three to Salo's birdie. While Salo played solid golf for most of the morning round, Leavitt was simply too good as his lead ballooned to 6 up after the first 18-hole round. The 2012 New Hampshire Amateur Champion shot 65 and it seemed the title was his to lose.

Salo did battle back early the final 18 holes. The two halved the first seven holes of the afternoon match, but Salo won the 8th and 10th hole to get the match to 4 down. But Leavitt wouldn't be denied. He won the 12th with a beautiful birdie and after a halve on #13, Salo put his tee shot on the par-5 14th out of bounds. From there it was a mere formality and Salo conceded the match before either player even putted out.

The victory was Leavitt's 3rd NHGA win of the year after he previously won the Tournament of Club Champions and Player's Invitational. The victory put him in extremely elite company as one of only a handful of men that have won New Hampshire's State Championship multiple times.

ABOUT THE New Hampshire Amateur

Competition will be held at ten pre- qualifying sites and will be 18 holes at Stroke Play. The low qualifiers and ties from all the sites along with the players exempt from prequalifying, will be eligible for the 36-hole qualifying on the first two days of the tournament proper. Sixty-four players will begin match play the following day. Entries are open to males who are members in good standing of member NHGA Clubs who are legal residents of New Hampshire. An eligible non-resident can play in NHGA Championships if he has been a member in good standing of an NHGA member club for the last three complete golf seasons and has played a minimum of 25 rounds of golf at this club in each of the three seasons. A letter signed by the President of the member club must accompany his first entry, stating that the player complies with NHGA eligibility requirements.

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