Chris Houston Wins New Hampshire State Amateur
Chris Houston <br>(NH Golf Association Photo)</br>
Chris Houston
(NH Golf Association Photo)

LACONIA, NH (July 16, 2016) -- LACONIA, NH (July 16, 2016) -- Chris Houston, hometown golfer, member of Laconia Country Club, defeated Matt Paradis of Concord Country Club 4 & 3 in the final match of the 113th New Hampshire State Amateur Championship, sponsored by Audi of Nashua.

Houston got off to a strong start as he went 3 up to Paradis after the 6th hole. Despite being down by three, Paradis stuffed his tee shot in close on the 7th hole to prove a point—that he wasn’t going to give up. After 18 holes, Paradis was 4 down, but he had just won the 18th hole and was ready to do some work.

There were two times that Paradis actually brought the match back to Houston being only 1 up, the first was after the 6th hole the second time around and the second was after the 12th hole the second time around. Despite all that work, Houston went birdie, birdie, birdie to win the match 4 & 3.

Houston played consistent, strong golf all week. “When it really counted the most and when I needed to hit good shots the most the entire week, I did it. I played the best golf when I need to”, says Houston.

Being the hometown golfer, Houston had a large gallery following him that included family, friends, and members of Laconia Country Club that watched him grow up at the club. Houston stated, “It’s tough—there’s a lot of nerves, a lot of people out there, and a lot riding on it. I have to thank the members and staff of Laconia Country Club because I wouldn’t be the golfer I am without growing up here”.

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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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