Local Roundup: N.H. Am Semis Have Upper Valley Flavor
Goffstown, n.h. — The Upper Valley could provide half the field for this afternoon’s New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship semifinals. But that’s only if Hanover’s Nick MacDonald and Newport’s Michael Killam get through this morning’s quarterfinals.
Both golfers won a pair of matches to live another day at the New Hampshire Amateur at Stonebridge Country Club on Thursday. MacDonald, the 2010 state am champion and 2011 runner-up, rolled over Derryfield’s Makenzie Denver, 4 and 3, and Killam’s younger brother, Matthew, 3 and 2, to continue his march. Michael Killam, continuing his deepest run in the tournament, needed 19 holes to eliminate Cochecho’s Michael Mahan in the morning before dumping Beaver Meadow’s Matt Levins in the afternoon, 5 and 3.
MacDonald has known success both at the state am and at Stonebridge before. In addition to his two high finishes in this event, the Lebanon High School and University of Hartford graduate won the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship at Stonebridge in 2004 … as a 15-year-old.
Now 24, MacDonald hasn’t had to play Stonebridge’s 17th or 18th holes since qualifying earlier in the week. His match with Denver ended after 15 holes. MacDonald went down a hole early to Matthew Killam, a freshman on the Texas Wesleyan men’s golf team this past season, but led for good with a birdie on the par-3 sixth hole. MacDonald closed out the match with back-to-back wins on 15 (par) and 16 (birdie).
A one-time member of the McNeese State men’s golf program, Michael Killam needed an extra hole to eliminate Mahan in the round of 32. Killam got the upper hand on Levins in the afternoon, winning the first hole, losing the second, retaking the lead on the third and stretching his advantage to as many as five holes before winning with a birdie on 15.
Killam will take on Derryfield’s Matthew Paradis at 8:20 a.m. in the quarterfinals today, with MacDonald following 10 minutes later against Bretwood’s Damon Salo. If they win, Killam and MacDonald will play each other in an afternoon semifinal for the right to compete in Saturday’s 36-hole championship match.
Among other Upper Valley golfers, Lake Sunapee’s Chris Durocher topped Carter’s Andy Hunnewell in the round of 32, 3 and 2, but was ousted by Salo in the afternoon, 4 and 3. Pembroke Pines’ Jim Cilley — who prevented MacDonald from a second straight state am crown in the finals three years ago at Nashua Country Club — defeated former Dartmouth College golfer James Pleat in the morning, 2 and 1, and knocked out the defending champion Bretwood’s Michael Martel, in the afternoon, 1 up.
Touchline V 6 Pembroke III 1
Norwich — Jackson Coyle scored twice as Touchline (6-2-2) defeated Pembroke in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference game.
Graham Penfield and Marcus Helbe each had a goal and an assist for Touchline, and Arturo Johnson and Luke Messersmith also scored. David Seigne and Casey Starr had one assist apiece.
Pat Logan was in goal for Touchline, which visits Ludlow on Sunday.
Lebanon Wilson Tire 1 Touchline Women 1
Plainfield — Kyra Herbert’s goal, assisted by Erin Landry, helped Lebanon Wilson Tire to a draw with Touchline in NHSC action.
Chrissy Drake made five saves in goal for Lebanon.
Bedford 7, Lebanon Jrs. 3
Bedford, n.h. — The Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion team (8-5) lost at Bedford.
Will Smith and Tom Jenkins who had two hits apiece, while Levy Byrd delivered a two-run single in the fifth to come within one run before Bedford pulled away in the sixth.
Post 22 pitcher Jake Tetley went 41⁄3 innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Trey Parker pitched the final 12⁄3 innings and didn’t allow a run while striking out three.
Lebanon visits Meredith on Saturday in its last regular season showdown.