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Local roundup: Stevens opens lead at Montcalm

Staff Reports
Published: 8/13/2020 10:14:23 PM
Modified: 8/13/2020 10:14:12 PM

ENFIELD — Beaver Meadow’s Mark Stevens is doing his best to make the rest of the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship field irrelevant.

Stevens torched the par-72 Montcalm Golf Club course for a second straight round on Thursday, firing a 5-under-par 67 to build a five-stroke lead entering Friday’s final round. Working particularly in Stevens’ favor: The decision by the NHGA to make this year’s Stroke Play a 54-hole event, rather than the traditional 72-hole schedule that required golfers to play 36 holes on the tourney’s final day.

Stevens opened a four-shot lead with a 6-under 66 on Wednesday; he’s at 11-under 133 entering the final round. Another Beaver Meadow competitor, Jim Cilley, also shot 67 to reach 6-under 138 for second place. Lebanon’s Pat Pelletier is in a group of four at 3-under 141.

As with Wednesday, Stevens birdied three of Montcalm’s first four holes to open Thursday’s round. Stevens had seven birdies in the opening round, recording his only bogey on 18; Thursday’s round featured nine birdies against four bogeys, the last coming on 18 again.

Stevens is looking for his second Stroke Play title, having also won the tournament in 2009. Stevens also won the New Hampshire Amateur in 2008.

Pelletier shot a 1-under 71 on Thursday to reach 3-under 141 through 36 holes. He opened his second round bogey-birdie-triple bogey-eagle before settling down to play 2-under golf the rest of the day.

Hooper’s Ryan Kohler, a Fall Mountain High graduate, had the tournament’s best round on Thursday, an 8-under 64, to join Pelletier, Sky Meadow’s Paul Torri and Derryfield’s Dan Arvanitis at 141. Eastman’s Stephen Goodridge, the 2006 NCAA Division III national champion out of the University of Rochester (N.Y.), is 10th (71-72—143), a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 16th hole overcoming what.was an otherwise solid second round.

Final-round play begins at 8 a.m.

WOMEN’S HOCKEYIllikainen named interim coach

HANOVER — Dartmouth College on Thursday tapped 2015 graduate Morgan Illikainen to take over as head women’s coach on an interim basis.

Illikainen succeeds Laura Schuler, who stepped down from the Big Green job on Tuesday after three seasons. It’s Illikainen’s second stint at her alma mater; she was an assistant to Joe Marsh in 2017 while Schuler was guiding the Canadian Olympic team, staying on when Schuler returned to Hanover for the 2018-2019 campaign.

Illikainen saw action in 112 games as a Dartmouth defenseman during her playing career.

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