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Desjardins Looks to Capture NH Boys Junior Title, Leads Field by Six

August 4th, 2020

Grantham, NH – With just 18 holes left to play, Evan Desjardins will look to capture his first New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship title.  Desjardins shot two-over par, 73, in the second round of the tournament at Eastman Golf Links to extend his lead to six shots.
The 16-year-old who plays out of Atkinson Resort & CC sits in a comfortable spot with the next competitor six shots back of him.  Desjardin began his second round with a bogey on the opening hole but was able to turn it around and got himself to one-under par on the day thru 7 holes.  A bogey on the 9th hole brought him back to even par as he made the turn.
The threat of severe weather got closer which forced a weather delay.  Desjardins was on the 13th hole when the delay was called.  He ended up making bogey on the 13th and 14th holes following the delay.
After the round, Desjardins commented on getting back into play after the 75-minute break saying, “Once we got to the 13th, there was a rain delay so coming back off that it was a little different mentality.  I just tried to get back and go back to what I was doing before.”
He was able to hang on, finishing his round at just two-over par, one of the lowest rounds for the day among the field.   
Following the first round, Desjardins mentioned it was tough to get adjusted to the greens and reading the greens properly.  Today he said, “I started off better, I still missed a couple short putts on the front nine, but I made a couple birdie putts.”
“I did feel a little bit better but I’m still going to do some work and fix that up a bit,” continued Desjardins.
Heading into the final round with a significant lead, Desjardins will need to stay focused on his own game to capture the title.  He stated, “I spoke with my coach last night and we kind of talked about having a mentality where I’m not really thinking about anything other than trying to hit the next shot, trying to make as many birdies as I can.”
Sitting six shots back is Jack Meehan, a Hanover High School golfer, who also fired 73 (+2) in the second round of play.  His opening round of 76 (+5) puts him at seven-over par over the 36 holes that have been played so far.  Joining Meehan on the chase to catch Desjardins are Mat Gover, Ben Dougherty, Colin McCaigue, and Mitchell Cormier who all are currently nine-over par for the tournament. 
In the First Flight of the competition, Owen Himmer also shot a 73 (+2) with a very consistent round that included 16 pars and just two bogeys.  He has two golfers close behind him on the leaderboard, Aiden Azevedo and Sam Hopkins.  All three will need low rounds to capture the top spot in their flight.
Due to the weather predicted for the remainder of the day, the golfers from the Second Flight were not able to finish their second rounds.  Play will resume on Wednesday, August 5th.
The New Hampshire Boys Junior Championship is a three-day, 54-hole individual stroke play event.  Due to the weather, the field is Flighted based on their first-round score, with the top 16 golfers going into the Championship flight.  The champion will be crowned on Wednesday, August 5th.