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Groft Leads First Round of Mid-Amateur at Lake Sunapee CC
Author: Kate Kellar
September 29th 2016 - New London, NH –  Harvin Groft of Rockingham Country Club cards the best round of the day, one-over par, 71 to find himself leading the 33rd Mid-Amateur Championship at Lake Sunapee Country Club.  Groft leads by just one stroke as there are six players sitting at two-over par heading into round two.  Among those six players are Josh Chamberlain (Stonebridge CC), Brett Wilson (GC of New England), Will McLaughlin (Concord CC), James Pleat (Nashua CC), Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC), and Nick MacDonald (Hanover CC).
Groft battled chilly, windy conditions early in the first round at Lake Sunapee.  He birdied the 3rd and 11th holes, while putting three bogeys on his card.  Groft is new to the New Hampshire championship golf scene as this is his first NHGA event; he is certainly making a name for himself with a solid opening round.  Past Mid-Amateur champions Josh Chamberlain, Jim Cilley, Brett Wilson, and Phil Pleat are all in the mix as they enter the second round in hopes of making the cut to the final round.
Lake Sunapee Country Club is in prime condition, playing at about 6,500 yards and testing the ability of some of the top golfers in New Hampshire.  The toughest hole on the course in the first round was the 216 yard, par 3 12th hole where players need to be able to carry their tee shot all the way up to the green in hopes of making birdie.  One player managed to birdie the hole, Derek Mahoney (Intervale CC), who finished with a 75, four strokes off the lead. 
The Robert H. Elliott Mid-Amateur Championship is a 54-hole, individual stroke play event.  Competitors play 18 holes each of the first two days with a cut to the low 27 players plus ties after 36 holes.  Those players ages 25 and above with a handicap not exceeding 12.0 are eligible to compete in this Championship.
First Round Results can be found here:
Second Round Tee Times can be found here:

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