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Hanover — A host of former champions, several teams of talented young players looking to follow in their footsteps and dozens of others who have nowhere they would rather be each summer on the final full weekend of July will be gathering at Hanover Country Club today through Sunday for the 38th renewal of the Tommy Keane Invitational four-ball golf tournament.
Qualifying takes place today with 52 teams squaring off to determine the flights. Four-ball matches begin Saturday morning and continue all day with the championship match slated for Sunday afternoon.
Former University of Hartford golfers Nick MacDonald and D.J. Lantz won last year’s Keane over recent Lebanon High products Tyler Silver and Zach Pollard. While Silver and Pollard will be giving it another shot this year, with Lantz turning pro MacDonald will instead team up with his father, Shane, with whom he captured the 2010 Tommy Keane.
Dean Cashman and Chris Hynes, who claimed the title in 2011, are among other former champions in a field that features six-time winners Scott and Mike Peters. The Peters brothers won for the first time in 1987 and most recently in 2003.
Among the teams to watch is the pairing of former Hartford standouts Jack Obar and Joe Toland. Obar won the 2006 crown with Rex Whitney, while Toland will be a senior on the University of Charlotte men’s golf team. Nate Choukas and Benny Hayes, who anchored Hanover High School to its 18th state title last fall, are teamed up, as are former Marauder standouts Ben Peters and Shane Wolter.
The Keane, which debuted in 1975, honors the memory of Tommy Keane, Dartmouth golf coach and head professional at Hanover Country Club from 1922 until his retirement in 1966. Keane compiled a 305-176-5 record at Dartmouth with his teams winning the 1934 New England championship and the 1941 Eastern Intercollegiate Tournament.
Lewiston, n.y. — Former Hanover High and Dartmouth College golfer Peter Williamson has played himself into contention halfway through the Porter Cup golf tournament at Niagara Falls Country Club.
Needing good results in a stretch of high-profile competitions to achieve a goal of making the United States roster for September’s Walker Cup, Williamson followed Wednesday’s 3-under-par 67 with a 1-under 69 on Thursday. He’s tied for sixth place in the 84-player field, six strokes behind Texas A&M junior Tyler Dunlap.
Williamson made up for a ninth-hole double bogey in Thursday’s second round with three birdies on the 6,871-yard course’s back nine. He’s tied with Florida Southern senior Tim Crouch and Southern Methodist sophomore Bryson Dechambeau entering today’s third round.
The tournament concludes on Saturday. Williamson, who missed the cut at last week’s Southern Amateur, heads to Arkansas for the Western Am next week, the third event in a four-tournament stretch.