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Toland, Pleat Miss U.S. Amateur Field

Two more Upper Valley golfers came up short, albeit close, on their bids to make the field for next month’s United States Amateur golf championship on Monday.

Hanover Country Club’s Joe Toland and recent Dartmouth College graduate James Pleat, of Nashua, both had good opening rounds in their respective qualifiers yesterday. Unfortunately, such events cover 36 holes, and neither player produced two low rounds to make their cuts.

Toland, a Hartford High graduate now living in Lebanon, participated in a qualifier at Metacomet Country Club in East Providence, R.I. The University of Charlotte senior made a determined bid to rally from a 6-over-par 76 in his morning round, but his afternoon 2-under 68 was still six strokes short of the cut.

Pleat, a four-year member of the Dartmouth men’s golf team, tried his luck at Vesper Country Club, in Tyngsboro, Mass. Pleat was tied for third overall at 2-under 70 through the morning, but an afternoon 76 doomed his chances. He also finished six shots behind the cut line.

Keene High’s Chelso Barrett won the Vesper qualifier, while Connecticut’s Branden Chicorka – a participant in last week’s New England Amateur at Killington’s Green Mountain National Golf Course – claimed the Metacomet tournament. Each site sent three golfers to the U.S. Am, which will be staged at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass., in mid-August.

Hanover native Peter Williamson is the only Upper Valley golfer to qualify thus far for the U.S. Am, based on his top-50 standing in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Green Mountain National’s Garren Poirier is scheduled to play a 36-hole qualifier today at Crestview Country Club, in Agawam, Mass., while New England Am champion Evan Russell, of Grantham, is bound for a qualifier at Cape Cod National Golf Course, in Brewster, Mass., on July 30.

Brackett Advances at N.H. Open

Goffstown, n.h. — Hanover’s Sam Brackett was the only Upper Valley competitor to advance following the 18-hole cut at the New Hampshire Open golf championship at Stonebridge Country Club on Monday.

Brackett, playing professionally out of Hanover Country Club, is tied for 23rd place at even-par 72 through the first day of the two-day tournament. In a round split by a double-bogey seven on Stonebridge’s 10th hole, Brackett converted four birdies – including two on his final five holes – to counter two bogeys on his day.

A total of 52 golfers made the cut and will play 36 holes today to determine the tournament winner. Longtime New England touring pro and recent U.S. Open competitor Geoffrey Sisk, of Massachusetts, leads at 7-under 65, with Connecticut’s Matt Smith two strokes back.

Lebanon’s Zach Pollard, Hanover’s Nate Choukas and Bradford, Vt.’s Chase Andrews, all amateurs, all missed the cut of 1-over 73.