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July 11, 2013

Golf roundup: Sizzling Fairweather, Leavitt advance at N.H. Amateur

STRATHAM — There were a slew of lopsided victories yesterday in the round of 64 at the New Hampshire State Amateur.

A couple of local hotshot 19-year-olds barely had to break a sweat.

Defending champion Joe Leavitt of Atkinson Country Club cruised past C.J. Konkowski of Rochester CC 5 and 4. Nick Fairweather of Windham whipped Jamin Somero of Crotched Mountain 5 and 3.

A third young area star, two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP Connor Greenleaf, wasn’t so fortunate. The senior-to-be at Windham High was eliminated by Ryan Friel of Overlook in 20 holes.

Eric Soderman of Bedford, golfing out of Hoodkroft, was ousted 1-up.

This morning in the Round of 32, Leavitt will take on Sean Lacey of Intervale and Fairweather will square off with Derryfield’s Dan Arvanitis, who won the event in 2001.

The field is wide open after the top two qualifiers, Joe Cooper and James Pleat, were upset yesterday.

Drohen, Brennan both stunned at Mass. Amateur

LONGMEADOW — Haverhill native Andy Drohen of Granville and Indian Ridge’s Colin Brennan were the co-leaders after the first two rounds of the 105th annual Mass. Amateur.

Their flashy 1-under par 139s made them arguably the co-favorites to win the prestigious event. But match play, as the two veterans well know, is an entirely different animal.

Both were knocked off in the round of 32 yesterday.

D.J. Hynes of Wellesley beat Drohen 1-up. Brennan fell to Ian Thimble of George Wright Golf Course in a 20-hole marathon.

Brennan made a 20-foot putt on the 18th hole to halve the match and force extra holes. However, Brennan could not get up and down on the match’s 20th hole, which his opponent parred. Thimble had to battle back from 2-down after eight holes.

Drohen got out quickly, making birdies on two of the first five holes to take a 1-up lead. The two went back and forth until Hynes grabbed a 2-up lead with pars on the 13th and 14th holes.

In a wild day at Longmeadow Country Club, third seed Daniel Woodbury also was ousted in the first round of match play.

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