NH Golf: Tourney season has begun in NH
The New Hampshire Golf Association and New Hampshire Women's Golf Association tournament schedules kick into full gear this month leading into the state amateur championships.
The women participate in the Tri-State championship with golfers from Maine and Vermont at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, Maine on June 18-20.
The boys are at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem from June 24 to 26.
The girls compete on Thursday, June 27 at Intervale Country Club in Manchester.
"We met with the folks from the course and it's all up to speed," said John Jelley, tournament director for the NHGA. "They're looking forward to having us. I think we're going to have a great event. It's such a hard golf course. We're going to have to watch ourselves when we're setting it up that we don't make it too difficult. We could make it that nobody could play it."
Dana Harrity, out of North Hampton and Abenaqui Country Club of Rye, won her 15th women's championship last summer at the Hanover Country Club by a stroke over Tara Watt of Derryfield in Manchester.
Jelley said he has little doubt that anchoring a putter will no longer be allowed in NHGA events come Jan. 1, 2016. That's the date the USGA said the practice will be banned in a ruling announced just under two weeks ago.
"As a rules guy, I'm OK with it and they make the rules and that's what it is," Jelley said. "But I didn't personally feel the need for making that change. From where I sit, I don't think anybody gets a big advantage from it. A few use it and do very well with it, but in the bigger picture I don't see anchoring with a big putter as an advantage. If you're a good putter, you're a good putter, to me."
"I think in the end they will probably go along with it," Jelley said. "There's no advantage for them not to. They won't be able to use it in at least three major tournaments. The Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open are certainly not going to allow it."
"Folks have talked about it, but I wouldn't say it's been a big subject," he said. "From my standpoint, I think I tried it once and had no feel for it. I can see where if someone had the time and could devote it to getting comfortable, they could maybe be a better putter. But the average recreational golfer, I don't know if they have the time to put in on the putting green to make it feel good."
The 10th Northeast Delta Dental International Symetra Tour event is also on the July schedule. The tournament for aspiring LPGA players, featuring a $100,00 purse, is set for July 19-21 at Beaver Meadow in Concord.