Schmidt in Three-Way Tie
Nashua, n.h. — Lisanne Schmidt’s closest pursuers caught her yesterday during the second round of the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association championship at Nashua Country Club. But as the tournament enters its final round, Schmidt and her two co-leaders are looking over their shoulders.
Eastman’s Schmidt, the former Lebanon High and Eastern Kentucky University golfer, holds a share of the 36-hole lead in the championship, following her first-round 72 with a 4-over-par 75 yesterday. Abenaqui’s Tracy Marshall (77-70) and the host course’s Tracy Martin (75-72) joined Schmidt at 5-over 147 for the tournament with their Wednesday rounds.
History says they won’t be the only ones chasing the title today. Abenaqui’s Dana Harrity, a 15-time winner of the NHWGA championship, is four shots back following a second-round 75. On the edge of contention is Eastman’s Colette Schmidt, the recent Lebanon High grad, at 77-78—155.
The 54-hole championship wraps up today.
N.H. Stroke Lead
Hudson, n.h. — Bretwood Golf Course’s Chelso Barrett, arguably the Granite State’s best junior golfer in the past decade, blew up Green Meadow Golf Club’s Jungle course to the tune of a 7-under-par 65 to assume the halfway lead at the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship on Wednesday.
The tournament’s low round of the week gave Barrett — the runner-up at the U.S. Junior Amateur two years ago — a one-stroke lead on The Shattuck’s Damon Salo after 36 holes at 5-under 139.
The leaderboard is studded with recent high school successes: Barrett (Keene High, bound for TCU this fall), Salo (140-Mascenic High/Florida’s Johnson & Wales), Jake Nutter (141-Bedford High/USC-Aiken) and Connor Greenleaf (142-Windham High/verbal to Boston College in 2014).
Hanover Country Club’s Joe Toland, the tournament’s first-round leader, shot a second-round 74 and is four strokes behind Barrett. Hanover’s Tyler Silver remains in the hunt as well, in eighth place at even-par 144.
A total of 41 golfers made the two-day cut of 153. The survivors face 36 holes today to determine the tournament champion.
Pelletier T30th in Maine
Augusta, Maine — Lake Morey Country Club assistant pro Pat Pelletier finished in the money — barely — during his participation in the two-day Maine Open at Augusta Country Club this week.
Pelletier shot rounds of 73-68—141 to share 30th place overall in a tournament featuring more than 130 amateur and professional golfers from around the region and the East Coast. His finish left the former Lebanon High and University of Rhode Island golfer just within the range of pros who earned a check for their play.
Evan Harmeling, of Massachusetts, won the championship at 66-67—133, taking the title by a shot over Jesse Spiers and Geoffrey Sisk.
Dartmouth’s Stoner Medals
Linz, Austria — Dartmouth College senior Brendon Stoner joined a United States squad that won a silver medal at last week’s U23 World Rowing Championships.
Stoner, a member of Dartmouth’s heavyweight crew, was part of a young team that rebounded after finishing third in their opening heat. After winning their repechage, the Americans rowed to second place behind New Zealand by about three seconds.
The U.S. crew was last at the 500-meter mark, but rallied to second by 1,500 meters for its third straight medal. The Americans won gold at the last two U23 world finals.
Colby-Sawyer Hires Coach
New London — Colby-Sawyer College has added Craig Wilkinson as head coach of its men’s soccer program.
Wilkinson comes to CSC by way of Francis Marion (S.C.) University, where he was an assistant coach last year. His resume includes a stint as head coach at New York’s Concordia College and assistant stretches at Centenary College and Dominican College.
The Chargers have gone 7-12-1 in their first two seasons as members of the North Atlantic Conference. Colby-Sawyer’s season begins on Aug. 31 against Elms.