Houston, Barrett tops among Granite Staters at U.S. Amateur
Chelso Barrett during the NHGA Stroke Play Championship, held at Green Meadow Golf Club, in Hudson, (Thomas Roy/Union Leader File)
Houston birdied three of his final six holes for a 1-over par score of 71 in his first round at the Charles River Country Club in Newton.
“It was a tough day,” Houston said. “The course firmed up and the rough was long. It was a deep challenge, that’s for sure. I was a little disappointed that I let a few shots get away, but overall I was pretty proud of the way I finished.”
Barrett figures if he can equal that result today, or shoot just a bit better, he has a decent shot to make it to match play in the 113th edition of the event.
“I think if I shoot 1 or 2 over (today), I should be OK,” said Barrett, who plays out of his family’s Bretwood Golf Club in Keene. “I was feeling good and hitting the ball pretty good today.”
He noted that a lot of the better scores on Monday came from Charles River and the golfers who played The Country Club in the first round may score better in the second.
Barrett won the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play tournament that finished up on Aug. 1 at Sky Meadow in Hudson and leaves for Texas Christian University and his freshman season of Division I golf as soon as he finishes up in the Amateur.
“I didn’t really get anything going,” Barrett said. “I had a stretch of a couple of birdies and a couple of par saves. I had some putts above the hole that I had to be cautious with and couldn’t be too aggressive.”
Six rounds of match play, which will all be at The Country Club, begin on Wednesday morning. The 36-hole championship match begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Barrett tees off at 7:45 this morning at The Country Club. McLaughlin starts at 8 a.m. at Charles River, Russell at 8:10 a.m. at Charles River, Houston at 8:40 a.m. at The Country Club and Williamson at 12:25 p.m. at The Country Club.