Junior Championship has a home if it wants it

The New Hampshire Golf Association has a good friend in Marilyn Campbell.

Her Salem golf course, Campbell’s Scottish Highlands, which has hosted the NHGA Junior Championship every year but one since 1995, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

In July, she’ll be blowing out 83 candles on her birthday cake. She’s celebrating a lot this summer.

Yet nothing puts a bigger smile on her face than seeing the junior players walking her course. Campbell was all smiles Wednesday after Windham’s James McKee beat Nashua’s Brandon Gillis in 21 holes.

“It was another great tournament,” said Campbell, who could be spotted riding her custom green golf cart around the course during the three-day event. “Those are two great boys right there. That’s one of the reasons we started the golf course 20 years ago. If my husband was still alive, he’d be so happy that we’ve been hosting the junior event.”

CSH has done more than host the NHGA Junior Championship. It also sponsors Salem High School’s golf team and hosts the Blue Devils home matches.

Despite a lack of golfers in the family, Campbell and her husband Bernard W.M. Campbell, who died shortly after the course opened, had hoped for a place youngsters would come and play.

“I’m not really a golfer,” Campbell said. “There really aren’t many golfers in the family. I have one son and his wife that golf, and one grandson who golfs. That doesn’t mean I’m not happy to come out here and enjoy the course and how happy the golfers are to play on our course.”

Once farmland owned by Marilyn’s family since 1896, Turner Dairy Farm was eventually sold off in pieces from cattle to equipment. Rather than selling the land to some company looking for a place to build homes or condominiums, the Campbell’s chose usable green space.

It found an eager user right away, as the NHGA hosted the Junior Championship right away during the summer of 1995.

Jeff Richard won the title that first year in Salem. The event went to Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London in 1996, won by Chris Rivard. It’s been held at CSH since.

If Campbell has her way, it will be held at her course indefinitely.

“As long as they want to be here, as long as they need us, we’ll be here,” Campbell said. “We hope they never want to use another course for this event. We love the young golfers playing here.”

July schedule

The month of July is full of Birdie and Eagle events for junior golfers, but the biggest event of the NHGA slate belongs to the men and tees off July 14.

The State Amateur Championship runs through July 19 at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown.

There is another junior championship event ahead of the State Am on July 10. The New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship will take place at Intervale Country Club in Manchester.

The month ends with the New Hampshire Open Championship at Owl’s Nest Golf Club on July 30 and 31.

Charity round

Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament: The Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament, scheduled for July 21 at Nashua Country Club, is held each year in an effort to raise money for important hospital programs. This year’s event will benefit the St. Marguerite d’Youville Charitable Fund, which provides individuals and families that are in need with free or discounted medical care and financial assistance, and the Childbirth Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua. The registration fee is $250 per player, which includes greens fee, cart, driving range use, lunch, drink ticket and dinner. There are also sponsorship level opportunities, as well as advertising opportunities. For more information and for registration visit stjosephhospital.com/Golf-Tournament.

The 15th annual New Hampshire Troopers Association Golf Classic: A tournament to raises funds for college scholarships, crisis assistance to members, donations to good causes, and to help in the event of the loss of one of their members is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start on July 28 at Canterbury Woods Country Club. There is room for 36 four-man teams totaling 144 golfers at a cost of $500 per four-man team – or $800 per team for an elite team option. The price includes 18 holes of golf, cart, meal and awards. Elite teams will receive limited edition gifts only given to this team. Email golf@nhtroopers.org for registration information.