August Athlete of the Month
Barrett among the elite
He was hoping to win it, but Chelso Barrett of Surry said qualifying for the round of 16 at the United States Amateur Championship in August was a solid accomplishment for him.
"I won two matches and the whole week really tested every part of my game," said Barrett. "It was a nice way to cap off my summer."
Barrett was selected as the New Hampshire Union Leader's Athlete of the Month for August, collecting five of a possible nine first-place votes for 35 points.
Placing second was ski jumper Nick Fairall of Andover with 29 points, and taking third place with 21 points was golfer Tracy Martin of Nashua.
Barrett said he was "firing on all cylinders" in August when he also won the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at Green Meadow Golf Club in Nashua. He carded an 11-under score during the three-day event.
"That's probably the second-biggest amateur tournament in New Hampshire behind the State Am," said Barrett, who plays out of Bretwood Golf Course in Keene. "There are a lot of good golfers in that (stroke) tournament and I plan on playing in it again. I also plan on playing the State Am, too, next summer."
After the U.S. Amateur tournament, Barrett headed to Fort Worth, Texas, to start his freshman season with Texas Christian University.
"It's everything I thought it would be and more," said Barrett. "My teammates are awesome and the facilities are top notch. The Big 12 conference is competitive and I'm really enjoying my time here."
Fairall, competing on snowless, artificial terrain in Park City, Utah, defeated two New Hampshire jumpers to win the U.S. Ski Jumping Large Hill Championship on Aug. 6. Fairall totaled 260.6 points, besting Lebanon's Nick Alexander (242.1, second place) and Andover's Chris Lamb (218.1 third place) to win his first national title.
In her last tourney before moving to Virginia to start a new job, Martin won the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Aug. 1. Martin carded a 72 to win the event at her home course, Nashua Country Club. The former University of Richmond golfer was at 75-72-72—219 for the tourney.
Golfer Phil Pleat of Nashua placed fourth in the balloting with 18 points for winning the NHGA Senior Championship, on Aug. 28, for the third straight year.
Colin McCaigue of Brookline received 17 points for fifth place. After playing in a series of qualifying rounds to earn a berth in the New England PGA Junior Tour Championship's 11-under division, he won the tournament in a playoff.
In baseball, Ricky Constant collected eight points for sixth place. He was named the tournament MVP of the American Legion Junior state tournament after leading Nashua to the New Hampshire championship on Aug. 6 in Concord. Constant threw a two-hitter in the title game against Lebanon, striking out eight in a 5-2 win.
Placing seventh with seven points was Trinity High's Romeo Masuku, a running back, who scored two touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 113 yards on 14 carries in New Hampshire's 43-0 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl win against Vermont at Dartmouth College.
Previous 2013 winners: January — Sean Doherty, Conway, biathlon; February — Drew Ledwith, Keene, swimming; March — Kaleb Tarczewski, Claremont, basketball; April — Mariah Crisp, Greenland, softball, and Eric Jensen, Gorham, baseball; May — Carson Cross, Brentwood, baseball; June — Rick Holt, football and baseball, Portsmouth. July — Eva Fabian, swimming, Keene.