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Murray Wins New Hampshire Open
Author: Wayne Mills
July 30th 2015 - THORNTON, NH. Raleigh, North Carolina native Grayson Murray had never been to New Hampshire before this week. He certainly enjoyed his first visit.

Murray, who recently turned pro after collegiate stops at Wake Forest, East Carolina and Arizona State fired a final round 8-under par 64 on Thursday to edge first and second round leader Mike Welch, of Quincy, Mass., by two shots to win the 54-hole New Hampshire Open Championship. Combined with his previous rounds of 66 and 68 Murray finished 18-under par over the 6,600 yard Owl’s Nest Golf Club to finish at 198.

The final round 64 was tied for low round of the day with Ryan Zylstra of Richmond, Va who finished in sixth place. Over the 54 holes Murray made 21 birdies against only three bogeys. He took home first place money of $5,500.

“I just came up to Boston to visit an old buddy and play a little golf,” said Murray. “I’d never been to New Hampshire before so I thought I would enter the Open and see what would happen.”

Murray was impressed by what he saw. “This reminds me a bit of the North Carolina mountains. It has the same feel to it,” he said. “The course was in perfect shape. The whole experience exceeded my expectations.”

Welch, who had a three shot lead going into the final round shot a 69-three under par but was overtaken by Murray on the final nine.Not knowing where he stood until finishing the 17th hole Murray was satisfied with his performance. “I wouldn’t have changed anything except maybe charging my eagle putt on 17 a bit more,” he said after the round. “I just played one shot at a time, tried to hit the correct shots and put the odds in my favor.”

Ryan Kohler of Chesterfield, NH finished as the low amateur in the 2015 New Hampshire Open knocking off Atkinson’s Joe Leavitt on the first playoff hole. Kohler and Leavitt both finished at 7-under par which was good for a tie for 12th place overall. 

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