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Hanover Grad Eliminated

Stratham, n.h. — The Upper Valley’s contribution to the New Hampshire Amateur has come to a close.

Hanover High School graduate Mike Peters tried to stretch his presence at the Golf Club of New England by reaching the second of Thursday’s two match rounds. He began the day with a 1-up defeat of Abenaqui’s Billy Forcier in the round of 32.

Peters, who lives on the Seacoast and plays out of Portsmouth Country Club, fell in the round of 16 to a familiar face, fellow Portsmouth member and two-time state am champ Craig Steckowych, 4 and 3. It was the 1983 Hanover High grad’s deepest run in the tournament since his trip to the finals at Manchester Country Club eight years ago.

Play was halted twice Thursday by weather delays, including a 2-hour, 20-minute stall in the afternoon that prevented the round of 16 from completing. Four matches remain to be finished and will be picked up this morning at 7 a.m. Defending champion Joe Leavitt is 1 down to The Shattuck’s Damon Salo in one of the matches still to be completed.

Manchester’s Ryan Tombs (a participant in last month’s Julian Cup all-star high school matches), Candia Woods’ Chris Rivard and Crotched Mountain’s Mike Martel joined Steckowych in the quarterfinals, which will begin upon the conclusion of today’s unfinished contests. The semifinals will follow in the afternoon, with the survivors playing a 36-hole match Saturday to determine this year’s state champion.