Local Roundup: MacDonald in Hunt at N.H. Amateur
Goffstown, n.h. — It’s as if he’s never been away.
Former champion Nick MacDonald, making his first appearance at the New Hampshire Golf Association amateur championship in three years, shot an even-par 72 on the first day of stroke-play qualifying at Stonebridge Country Club. MacDonald is among six players with Upper Valley ties who set themselves up to advance to match play at the N.H. Amateur, the field of which will be set after today’s second qualifying round.
Atkinson’s Nicholas Pandelena fired a 6-under 66 to take the stroke-play lead, one shot better than Bretwood’s Damon Salo. Lake Sunapee’s Chris Durocher posted the best score from an area golfer, joining two other golfers at 2-under 70.
MacDonald won the 2010 N.H. Am at Eastman and reached the finals a year later at Nashua Country Club. The Lebanon High School graduate, playing out of Hanover High School, didn’t play the state am the last two years while settling into a job.
The 25-year-old was a little all over the map on Monday, recording seven birdies against three bogeys and two doubles. Still, the even-par round left him tied for 11th place in a group of nine that includes former Dartmouth College golfer James Pleat and his father, Phil.
Newport Golf Club’s Killam brothers, Michael and Matthew, are also in position to advance. Michael Killam, a recent member of the McNeese State men’s golf team, shot 1-under 71, while younger brother Matthew, who plays out of Texas Wesleyan, checked in at 73, tied for 20th place. The Killams are Texas natives who summer in the Lake Sunapee region.
A week after taking seventh at the Vermont Amateur, Hanover’s Zach Temple is in a group of seven at 74.
The top 64 players after today’s second round will be paired off for the beginning of match play on Wednesday. The tournament is scheduled to run through Saturday.
Russell’s U.S. Am Bid Slowed by Weather
Briarcliff Manor, n.y. — Grantham’s Evan Russell is in position to earn a trip to next month’s United States Amateur golf championship, but he’ll have to wait until this morning for the confirmation.
Monday’s 36-hole qualifier at Trump National Golf Club was suspended by weather and darkness around 7:30 p.m. with most of the field still in the midst of its second round. After a morning 2-over-par 74, Russell was at 3 under for his afternoon round through 12 holes and 1 under for the day when play was called.
Outside the cut line after the morning, Russell rebounded quickly to put himself in contention to advance. The University of Hartford junior and Kimball Union Academy graduate started his second round on Trump National’s back nine and birdied the 10th, 11th and 18th holes, then parred three on the front before the end of play.
Three players out of the 28 who started the afternoon will advance to the U.S. Am in Georgia next month. Max Buckley, of Rye, N.Y., is at 4 under for the qualifier, with Russell and Greg Reilly, of New Canaan, Conn., three shots back. Play will resume today at 8:30 a.m.
Lebanon Wilson Tire 4 Hartford Soccer D4 1
Plainfield — Sierra Rogers scored twice and set up a third goal as Lebanon Wilson Tire (3-2-4) earned a New Hampshire Soccer Conference win at the Plainfield School over Hartford (0-2-2).
Rogers set up a Sam Brady goal and netted her first of the evening to give Lebanon a 2-1 halftime lead. Rachael Townsend upped the lead to two after halftime before Rogers closed the scoring.
Kendyl Boisvert stopped three shots for Lebanon, which visits Dan & Whit’s at Norwich’s Huntley Meadow on Wednesday.