Manchester golf course awarded 2021 Senior Amateur

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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Country Club (MCC) has been selected as the host of the 2021 New England Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship.

This is the first time the course has been chosen to host the event, which features top golfers 55 and older across New England.

Thirty-five courses bid for the event, and it was ultimately awarded to MCC because of "the outstanding condition of the course, MCC's reputation among professional and amateur players throughout New England, the quality of the pro shop and support of the volunteer tournament staff," according to the NEGA.

There are three separate qualifying dates according to the NEGA website. Players are only allowed to participate in one of the qualifiers and each qualifier is capped at 84 participants. Approximately 100 golfers move on to participate in the amateur championship.

The championship is two rounds of golf. The opening round has been played on a Tuesday in the past several years, with the final round taking place on a Wednesday.

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Bob Kearney is the last person to win the event, when he shot a combined 1-over par in 2019 at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club in Maine. The last time a Vermont course hosted the event was in 2018 when Burlington Country Club was awarded the bid, and Jack Kearney shot even-par to capture the victory.

This year's event will be held at the Mt. Washington Resort Golf Course in Bretton Woods, N.H. The tournament will start Sept. 15 and conclude Sept. 16.

MCC expects around 300 total visitors during the tournament between players, spouses, volunteers, fans and media. They have not yet picked specific dates, but the tournament is typically played in September.

MCC does not plan to change their preparation of the course in any way to accommodate the tournament.

"The course is always in excellent shape. We are not doing anything to the golf course that is unique to this tournament, we are ready to go," MCC said in a statement.

The NEGA introduced the senior amateur championship in 1998. Ed Fletcher won the inaugural event, which was held at Metacomet Country Club in East Providence, R.I.


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