Golfers Go Down At N.H. Amateur

Stratham, n.h. — The Upper Valley’s presence at the New Hampshire Amateur is threatening to be a brief one.

Of the seven golfers who reached the first round of match play on Wednesday, all but one saw his ticket punched for home. The one survivor doesn’t even live in the area anymore: Hanover High School graduate Mike Peters, who earned a 2-and-1 victory over Concord’s Will McLaughlin at the Golf Club of New England.

Peters, who lives in the Seacoast region and plays out of Portsmouth Country Club, meets Abenaqui’s Billy Forcier in a round-of-32 match today at 8:48 a.m. Forcier, match play’s fifth seed, eliminated Hanover’s Tyler Silver, 3 and 2, to advance.

Beyond that, it was a downer of a day for the region:

■ Recent Dartmouth graduate and second-seeded James Pleat made a quick exit, falling to No. 63 David Larrivee, 5 and 4. Larrivee had to survive a five-golfers-for-three-slots playoff after Tuesday’s second qualifying round just to make match play.

■ Veteran Craig Steckowych, a two-time former state am champ, eliminated Newport’s Michael Killam, 1 up. Killam’s younger brother, Matthew, also fell in his first-round match to GCNE’s Brett Wilson by the same score.

■ Hanover Country Club’s other representatives also were swept out of the tournament. Vince Kimball dropped a 6-and-5 decision to Manchester’s Jake Nutter, while Joe Toland was ousted by The Overlook’s Griffin Brown, 4 and 3.

Pleat wasn’t the only favorite sent home. Top-seeded Joe Cooper of Portsmouth — who shared the qualifying medal with Pleat at 1-under-par 143 — was routed by No. 64 seed Adam Godbout of Concord, 6 and 4.

Two rounds of matches are scheduled for today and Friday.