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Sisk Shines
Author: Wayne Mills
August 1st 2014 -

CAMPTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Geoffrey Sisk of Marshfield, Mass has won the Massachusetts Open six times, the New England Open four times, the Maine Open once and has now added the New Hampshire Open to his victory total after winning in a sudden death playoff at Owl's Nest Golf Club.

The 49 year old former PGA Tour and Web.com (Nationwide) Tour member opened with a 67 on Wednesday leaving him five shots behind Chris Wellde's course record 62. With a morning round 66 on Thursday he moved up the leaderboard and with his final round 67 he finished tied with David Chung of Orlando, Florida at 16-under par for 54 holes.

Chung birdied his last two holes in to post a seven under par 65, the lowest score of the final round, a group ahead of Sisk. Sisk had a chance to win it in regulation but his birdie putt at the 18th from 20 feet slid low.

Sisk had another chance to win it on the first playoff hole-the 150 yard par 3- 10th when he stuck his tee shot pin high- six feet left of the flag. All Chung could do was laugh before hitting his tee shot 15 feet left. After Chung rolled his putt three feet past the hole, Sisk had a chance to end it but left his attempt on the lip. Chung made his comebacker to send the playoff ahead to the 11th.

Both players made par on the second playoff hole and headed to the the 360 yard par 4-18th hole still tied. Chung found the green from the right rough and left himself 15 feet, while Sisk hit it to 20 feet behind the hole from the fairway. Rolling a slightly left to right downhiller Sisk caught the inside right of the cup for birdie. Chung ran his must-make past the hole making Sisk the winner. Sisk took home $5,000 for his efforts.

Sisk's round didn't start out like a winner's, "In all honesty I started out poorly in the last round. On my second hole (the par 4-11th) I actually shanked my second shot out of bounds, dropped another ball and hit that over the green. Fortunately I made a putt to save bogey," Sisk revealed.

"Then on 14, the short par 4 up the hill, I chunked a wedge into the greenside bunker, made bogey and was two over. I was not pleased," he said. "But for some reason it ended up relaxing me. I said that's golf, everybody does it and after that I relaxed and played golf good the rest of the way. I putted extremely well."

Michael Carbone of Brewster, Massachusetts had taken the lead after the second round backing up his Wednesday 65 with a 66 but could only manage an even par 72 in the final round to finish third at 13 under.

Jimmy Lyttle of Ocean Ridge, Florida finished at 12-under for solo fourth and Patrick Rada of Wilmington, NC was at 11-under for a fifth place finish.

First round leader Chris Wellde cooled off after setting the course record 62 on Wednesday by posting identical even par 72's on Thursday to fall to a tie for sixth.

Michael Martel of New Ipswich, NH won the low amateur trophy with a three day total of 3 under par (T-20 overall) while Connor Greenleaf of Windham, NH was the low amateur runner up with a 1 under par finish.

Complete results can be found here.  

 

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