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Pastore Gets Past Playoff to Win 84th NH Open
Author: Kate Kellar
July 28th 2017 - Bedford, NH –  With a perfect day at Manchester Country Club for the final round of the 2017 New Hampshire Open presented by Xfinity with support from Northeast Delta Dental, David Pastore survived a two-hole playoff to become this year’s champion.  He defeated Brett White in the playoff after both competitors finished with a tournament total of 11 under par.
Jason Thresher began the day with a two-stroke lead but let it slip with a few errors on the front nine and not enough birdies on the back nine to regain his position.  That opened the door for someone else to take the top spot.  Brett White, Ryan Tombs, and David Pastore all stepped up.  White fought all the way until the 18th where he made an aggressive birdie to force a playoff with Pastore at the 11-under par mark.
In an exciting two-hole playoff to determine the winner, White managed a par on Manchester CC’s 10th hole from the trees while Pastore made a routine par.  Needing to make a statement on the second playoff hole, Pastore and White both his the fairway but the real magic came when Pastore stuck his second shot to about two feet for an easy birdie while White hit his second shot about 30 feet past the hole, not making things easy for himself.  He ended up with par which wasn’t good enough due to the easy birdie putt Pastore gave himself.
As one of the last entries in the NH Open, Pastore still had winning on his mind from the beginning saying, “Tiger always said it, if you don’t think you can win the tournament, then what’s the point of signing up to play?” 
Earning that $10,000 check means a lot to Pastore, he stated “I haven’t been playing my best recently.  Winning is always cool, not matter where it is and especially doing it in a playoff.  It was a great atmosphere.  It really was a big-time tournament; to win feels nice.”
Ryan Tombs knew going into the day that he needed to defeat Jake Goodman for the low amateur title, but he had larger goals in mind, like winning the Championship.  When Tombs made the turn in the final round, he was five-under for the day, putting him at ten under for the tournament.  Despite an average back nine with a bogey on 16 and 18, he earned low amateur with a 68 and eight-under total for the tournament.
As one of the home club favorites for the week Tombs had a sizable gallery following him around.  He reflected back on that support saying, “It’s nice to have the members out supporting me and everyone rooting for me.  It definitely makes me feel good. 
“I’m not sad by any means.  I’m going to take this as a positive and keep on going,” continues Tombs who had the thought of winning in his head but came up few strokes short in fourth place.
Manchester Country Club, which has been undergoing recent restorations and renovations, was in pristine condition for the duration of the Championship.  The course record was broken this week by Austin Parker with a 65 in the second round of the tournament.  Nothing but compliments came from all the professionals and amateurs that teed it up for the 84th New Hampshire Open Championship.
The New Hampshire Open is a three-day, individual stroke play event.  All players play 18 holes each of the first two days.  Following round two, the field is cut to the low 40 plus ties who then play 18 holes in round three to conclude the tournament.
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