GREENLAND – The 88th New Hampshire Open is headed to Breakfast Hill Golf Club for the first time in tournament history, and there is a field of 156 professionals and amateurs scheduled to compete for this year's title.
The three-day, 54-hole stroke play championship begins Thursday and concludes Saturday.
“This year, we saw more registrations for the New Hampshire Open than we have in the past five years," New Hampshire Golf Association tournament director Kinsey Hoffmann said. “The numbers speak volumes to the excitement surrounding the championship coming back to the Seacoast area, and specifically Breakfast Hill after having to postpone the event at the club in 2020.”
It has been almost 50 years since the last time this tournament was held at a Seacoast course.
"We're looking forward to the course providing a true test for the players over the three days of the championship," Hoffman said. "I think that will be evident to the players as soon as they step up to their first tee shot."
After Friday's round, the low 40 players and ties advance to Saturday's final 18-hole round. This year’s field is made up of 105 professional golfers both from New Hampshire and around the country, with 51 amateurs also competing.
Locals in the field include North Hampton's Ryan Quinn, Newmarket's Scott Hacker, Rye's Jack Zioze, Greenland's Jeffrey Soris, Hampton Falls' Michael Fiacco and Brentwood's Valentino Cheek.
Past champions in this field includes Michael Kartrude (2019), Jason Thresher (2018) and Don Robertson (1981).
Kartrude is coming off a one-stroke victory in the Massachusetts Open held earlier this month at Longmeadow Country Club. With that win, Kartrude joins Jason Thresher (2016-2018) and Mike Martel (2019) in this field who have won the Massachusetts Open.
Other notable players in this year's field are Shawn Warren and Matt Paradis. Warren, who placed second to Chris Crawford in the 2021 New Hampshire Open, competed in this year's PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Warren carded rounds of 78 and 79 in the first two rounds at Southern Hills Country Club and didn't make the cut.
Paradis, from Hooksett, won the New Hampshire Amateur title in 2018.
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Breakfast Hill Golf Club hosts New Hampshire Open for the first time