Local Roundup: Area Golfers Advance at N.H. Am
Goffstown, n.h. — Six golfers with Upper Valley connections who put themselves in position to advance to match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship will be joined by a seventh who had a big second round on Tuesday. Matches start this morning at Stonebridge Country Club.
Andy Hunnewell, of Lebanon’s Carter Country Club, carded a 2-under-par 70 — one of just 14 golfers among the 136 who teed up on Tuesday — to make the 64-player cut for match play at the N.H. Amateur. He’ll be joined by 2010 state am champion Nick MacDonald, of Hanover (72-72—144), Dartmouth College graduate James Pleat, of Nashua (72-74—146) and four others from the area who set themselves up with good opening rounds on Monday.
Hunnewell (77-70—147) was in adequate shape after his opening 18 holes, but needed a decent second round to make sure his spot in match play was secure. Starting on Stonebridge’s 10th tee, Hunnewell rebounded from two early bogeys to play 6-under-par golf until an inconsequential double on his next-to-last hole. Hunnewell’s best stretch came at the turn when he eagled the par-5 first hole inside of birdies on 17, 2 and 4.
MacDonald’s second straight even-par day gave him the low score among Upper Valley golfers. He’ll open match play today at noon against the man he beat for that 2010 state championship at Eastman, Ridgewood’s Ken Nilson.
Lake Sunapee’s Chris Durocher (70-76—146), Hanover’s Zach Temple (74-78—152) and Newport Golf Club brothers Michael Killam (71-77—148) and Matthew Killam (73-76—149) also qualified for matches. Tournament survivors face two-match days on Thursday and Friday before going 36 holes on Saturday to determine the champion.
Former Fall Mountain student-athlete Ryan Kohler won the stroke-play medal with rounds of 72-66—138, with Tuesday’s round tying the low score in qualifying. Derryfield’s Matthew Paradis was a shot back, and defending N.H. Amateur Michael Martel of Crotched Mountain was tied with Bretwood’s Damon Salo two strokes off Kohler’s pace.
Russell A U.S. Am Qualifier
Briarcliff Manor, n.y. — It took an extra day and extra holes, but Grantham’s Evan Russell is headed to the United States Amateur after earning one of three spots out of a 36-hole qualifying tournament at Trump National Golf Club.
Russell shot 74-69—143 for the tournament, advancing to the U.S. Am out of a three-golfers-for-two-spots playoff on Tuesday morning. The Kimball Union Academy graduate needed to play his final six holes — and did so, with a birdie, a bogey and four pars — a day after weather postponed the second of Monday’s two 18-hole rounds.
Max Buckley, of Rye, N.Y., won the qualifier at 5-under-par 139 (69-70), with Russell, New Canaan, Conn.’s Greg Reilly and Ryan Rodriguez, of Highland Mills, N.Y., four strokes back. Russell and Reilly earned the qualifier’s final two spots in a playoff.
This will be Russell’s second trip to the U.S. Amateur in as many years; he missed the match-play cut by two strokes last year at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. This year’s tournament will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., on Aug. 11-17.
Dartmouth Hires Assistant
Hanover — Longtime Dartmouth women’s lacrosse coach Amy Patton has added Nicole Moore to her staff for the upcoming season.
Moore comes to Hanover after helping Stetson start the sport four years ago. She’s also worked as a Division I assistant coach at Vermont, Temple and Canisius. She also worked and coached lacrosse at an English boarding school for two years after her 2002 graduation from the University of New Hampshire.
Moore takes over for Christine Anneberg, who stepped down after nearly a decade with the Big Green.