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Dartmouth Golfer Up At N.H. Am

Stratham, n.h. — Recent Dartmouth graduate and four-year men’s golf team member James Pleat holds the lead through the first round of the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship at the Golf Club of New England.

Playing out of his home Nashua Country Club, Pleat shot the day’s only below-par round, a 2-under 70, to take a one-stroke lead through the first of two 18-hole qualfying rounds. The top 64 golfers after today’s second round will advance to match play the rest of the week, from which a state champion will be crowned.

A semifinalist on his home course two years ago, Pleat recorded 16 pars and two birdies on a consistent opening round. The birdies — on the par-4 ninth hole and par-3 14th — were enough to hold off Rochester’s Jamie Ferullo (71) and three other golfers who checked in at even-par 72.

Newport’s Michael Killam is in good position to advance to match play after an opening 4-over 74. A summertime resident of the Lake Sunapee area who calls suburban Fort Worth, Texas, home, Killam shook off an opening bogey on the 10th hole to record two birdies before the turn. Killam, a junior on the men’s golf team at McNeese State University last year, didn’t capitalize on that momentum, but did well enough to share sixth place through the first day of play.

Other players with Upper Valley connetions in good shape through yesterday included Hanover High grad Mike Peters, of Portsmouth Country Club (T-18, 5-over 77); former Hartford High standout Joe Toland (T-33, 7-over 79) and Killam’s younger brother, Matthew (T-45, 8-over 80), who is bound for Texas Wesleyan University’s golf program in the fall. Former Lebanon High golfer Vince Kimball would have made the match-play cut as well had it been yesterday — he’s tied for 57th at 9-over 81.

Match play begins tomorrow and will continue until Saturday’s 36-hole finale.

College Football

Pierre, Schoenthaler on Watch List

Hanover — Dartmouth senior Dominick Pierre and junior Kirby Schoenthaler have been named to the watch lists for their respective positions by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). Pierre’s selection was revealed in May for the FCS Running Back Award, while Schoenthaler was included over the weekend for the FCS Kickoff Returner Award.

All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

Pierre was a second-team all-Ivy League pitck last season after rushing for 830 yards in nine games with nine touchdowns. Schoenthaler, who led the Big Green in receptions as a freshman, averaged more than 20 yards per kickoff return last fall as a sophomore.

The Big Green is no stranger to the CFPA FCS Awards as Shawn Abuhoff earned the 2010 Punt Returner Award after bringing back three punts for touchdowns and ranking third nationally with a 17.2-yard average.