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Cut and Dried: Nasuha’s Sedlar Wins NHWGA Amateur

  • Dana Harrity, of Abenaqui Country Club, chips a shot back onto the ninth green on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the final round of the NHWGA golf tournament at Eastman Links, in Grantham, N.H. Harrity placed second at the tournament. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Colette Schmidt, of Eastman Golf Links, makes a putt at hole nine on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the final round of the NHWGA golf tournament at Eastman Links, in Grantham, N.H. Schmidt placed fifth at the tournament. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Beth Hamilton, of Canterbury Woods Country Club, chips the ball on the 11th hole on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the final round of the NHWGA golf tournament at Eastman Links, in Grantham, N.H. Hamilton placed fourth in the tournament. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Chelsea Sedlar, of Nashua Country Club, negotiates a putt at hole nine on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the final round of the NHWGA golf tournament at Eastman Links, in Grantham, N.H. Sedler won the tournament by 11 strokes.(Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Grantham — Nashua Country Club’s Chelsea Sedlar made her second straight New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association amateur championship an academic affair.

Sedlar pulled away from her closest competitors on Wednesday at Eastman Golf Links, firing a 1-over-par 71 to record an 11-stroke victory over runner-up Dana Harrity. Sedlar, who will soon rejoin her Sacred Heart University women’s golf team for her junior season, finished at 12 over for the tournament, shooting 76-75-71—222 to make what had been a reasonably close tournament a rout.

Sedlar owned a four-shot lead on Canterbury Woods’ Beth Hamilton and a six-shot advantage on Harrity, the 16-time NHWGA champion from Rye’s Abenaqui CC, when Wednesday started. Sedlar essentially clinched the title over her first nine holes, playing to 1 under par thanks to eight bars and a birdie on the par-4 second hole. Sedlar added a second birdie on the par-4 10th and had enough of a lead by then that three back-side bogeys were of no consequence.

Sedlar’s performance mirrored last year’s state amateur win at Abenaqui, where she got better as the tournament advanced. Holding a five-stroke lead through two days, Sedlar matched Harrity with final-round 72 for the title.

At Eastman, the Merrimack, N.H., native produced the best score on each of the championship’s three days. A 6-over 76 set the pace on Monday, and a 5-over 75 on Tuesday made her the solid favorite to win. No one came within four shots of Sedlar during Wednesday’s round.

Harrity finished at 81-76-76—233 to take second place, with Derryfield’s Tara Watt (78-82-75—235) taking third and Canterbury Woods’ Beth Hamilton (78-77-84— 239) fourth.

Eastman’s Colette Schmidt, the Lebanon High graduate and two-time NHIAA girls high school champion, had her second straight solid round on Wednesday to take fifth place overall (89-76-75—240), topping her older sister and fellow ex-Raider, Lisanne Schmidt-Foster (83-78-80—241). The remainder of the Upper Valley contingent saw Eastman’s Alexandra Schmidt (249) tie for 11th, just ahead of Hanover’s Betsy Knights (13th, 253) and Claremont’s Paige MacLeay (14th, 255). Hanover’s Amy Peters was 22nd (262), Meriden’s Kathy Allbright tied for 23rd (263), CCNH’s Rowena Wilks was 31st (272) and Montcalm’s Halle Clark, a student at Kimball Union Academy, took 49th (303).

High Schools

Beach, Ackerman, Banghart to NHIAA Hall

Concord — Two longtime Upper Valley high school sports coaches and a former Dartmouth College women’s basketball standout will be part of an eight-person induction class for the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s hall of fame in November.

Woodsville High athletic director and boys soccer coach Mike Ackerman, retired Lebanon High softball and field hockey coach Deb Beach and Souhegan girls basketball standout Courtney Banghart have all been named to the Class of 2017, which will be enshrined at a lunch in Concord.

Ackerman has been helm of Woodsville’s athletic department and boys soccer program for 40 years; he enters the NHIAA hall as an administrator. Beach goes in as a coach, having guided Lebanon to multiple state championships in both softball and field hockey.

Selected as an athlete, Banghart made her Granite State name at Amherst’s Souhegan High as one of the state’s best basketball players of either gender, then starred at Dartmouth before getting into coaching. She’s currently the women’s basketball coach at Princeton University.

This the NHIAA’s 17th hall class. The induction lunch will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Concord on Nov. 12, starting at 11:30 a.m.

College Swimming

Chargers Name Coach

New London — Conrad “Connie” Kohrs Jr. was named head coach of the Colby-Sawyer College men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs, Athletic Director George Martin announced ton Wednesday.

Kohrs is the third head coach in the history of the program. He joins Colby-Sawyer after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach and team manager at the University of Hawaii.

Kohrs swam at Kenyon College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.