THIRTEEN GOLFERS will represent New Hampshire in the 90th New England Amateur Championship, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday at The Quechee Club in Hartford, Vt.
The New Hampshire contingent includes Concord Country Club’s Matt Paradis, a Hooksett resident who won the 2018 New Hampshire Amateur Championship; Stonebridge Country Club’s Sam Ohno, a junior on the Dartmouth College golf team; and Kingswood Golf Club’s Jake Hollander, who was the runner-up to Scott DeVito in this year’s State Am. The other New Hampshire golfers entered are Ryan Anderson (Laconia CC), Brennen Gillis (Manchester CC), Nicholas Hampoian (The Golf Club of New England), Matthew Burroughs (Derryfield CC), Scott Hampoian (The Golf Club of New England), Jake Raichle (The Maplewood CC), Ethan Emerson (Laconia CC), Tommy Ethier (Nashua CC), Pat Pelletier (Hanover CC) and Brandon Gillis (Souhegan Woods Golf Club).
The New England Am is a three-day event that features 72 holes of stroke play. Golfers will play 18 holes on Tuesday and 18 on Wednesday, after which the field will be trimmed to the lowest 40 scores plus ties. Those who survive the cut will play 36 holes on Thursday.
Greenland resident Craig Steckowych, a member at Portsmouth Country Club, is the last New Hampshire representative to win the New England Am. Steckowych prevailed at The Quechee Club in 2001.
Two days after finishing second in the State Am, Hollander nearly qualified for the U.S. Amateur, which will be held Aug. 12-18 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.
Hollander, a Peterborough resident, tied for fourth place in the U.S. Amateur qualifier held at The Ledges in York, Maine, on Monday. The top two scores earned spots in the U.S. Amateur.
Hollander shot a two-round total of 143 (1 under par) and finished in a tie with Garren Poirier of Killington, Vt. Poirier won the playoff for the second alternate spot by making par on the first extra hole.
Canadians Joey Savoie (La Prairie, Quebec) and Calvin Ross (Fredericton, New Brunswick) were the golfers who qualified. Ross was the medalist at 139, and Savoie finished at 140.
The New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association will hold its Amateur Championship on Aug. 5-7 at Breakfast Hill Golf Club in Greenland.
Tracy Martin nipped Merrimack’s Chelsea Sedlar to win last year’s tournament, which was held at Portsmouth CC. Martin and Sedlar both graduated from Bishop Guertin and both are members at Nashua CC.
Martin, who played college golf at the University of Richmond, said she will be unable to defend her title in this year’s tournament. Sedlar, who recently completed her senior season with the Sacred Heart golf team, is entered.
Abenaqui CC’s Dana Harrity is also in the field. Harrity has won this event a record 16 times.
Former New Castle resident Nick McLaughlin and Nashua’s James Pleat were among the 32 golfers who made the cut and advanced to match play in last week’s Massachusetts Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brookline.
McLaughlin, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., tied for eighth during the two rounds of stroke play and won two matches before he lost to former University of Connecticut golfer Jimmy Hervol 5 and 3 in the quarterfinals. McLaughlin, who won the Massachusetts Amateur and the New England Amateur in 2015, was representing Far Corner Golf Club in Boxford, Mass.
Pleat, a Nashua South graduate who played at Dartmouth, lost to Alejandro Soto 5 and 3 in the Round of 32. He was representing Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Mass.
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New Hampshire Golf Calendar
July 22: NHGA Junior Tour (North Conway CC)
July 23: NHGA Junior Tour (Nippo Lake Golf Club)
July 23-25: New England Amateur (Quechee Club)
July 24: Parent-Child Championship (Stonebridge CC)
July 25: NHGA Junior Tour (Breakfast Hill GC)
July 29-31: Junior Championship (Beaver Meadow GC)
Aug. 5-7: NHWGA Amateur Championship (Breakfast Hill)
Aug. 6-8: Stroke Play Championship (Green Meadow GC)
Aug. 11-13: New England Junior Amateur (Mill River CC)
Aug. 21-22: Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (Baker Hill GC)
Aug. 27: Stroke Play Series (Intervale CC)
Sept. 17-18: New England Senior Amateur (Biddeford-Saco CC)