Lead Extended to 13 for Fennessy Heading into Final Round of NH Women's Amateur
Enfield, NH – It was another picture-perfect day for the New Hampshire Women’s Amateur Championship presented Vigilant Wealth Management. As the field took to Montcalm Golf Club for Round 2 of the tournament, temperatures barely reached 70 degrees and the wind picked up a little, providing a different challenge the golfers needed to navigate. Carys Fennessy was able to extend her lead to 13 strokes after carding a one-over par, 73 in Round 2 to sit at three-under par for the tournament. Amy Dickison continues to maintain her second-place position after a second-round 78 (+6), but with 13 shots between her and Fennessy, she faces an uphill battle in catching Fennessy with just 18 holes left to play.
Carys Fennessy continues to display her dominance on the golf course, extending her eight-shot lead to 13 strokes after Round 2 of the championship. Although her second round was not as strong as her first round, she still managed to roll in three birdie putts while avoiding the large numbers that could easily happen at Montcalm.
“Yesterday I putted really well”, stated Fennessy after her second round. “Today the green speeds were a little quicker and it took me a while to find the pace, but I made a few birdies which was good.”
Fennessy rolled in birdie putts on 2, 5 and 14 today but her four bogeys on the card kept her from another under-par round. Aside from the green speeds, the wind provided an added challenge for everyone, making some shots longer than anticipated. Fennessy said, “The back nine, I think it was a one or two club wind. If you have an uphill shot of 140, it was playing almost 160 to the pin which tough today.”
Despite the challenges out there today, Fennessy heads to the final round with a 13-shot cushion with high hopes of bringing home the title tomorrow. With that in mind, she has goals for herself, saying, “I want to be more confident with my putter and my shots. I just want to keep the momentum going and I think I can do it.”
Everyone behind Fennessy faces an uphill battle in trying to close the gap on her lead. Amy Dickison has strung together two strong rounds in the New Hampshire Women’s Amateur but still finds herself far behind the lead with only 18 holes left in the competition. Dickison shot 76 (+4) in the first round which put her in second place which is where she remains after a 78 (+6) in Round 2.
Dickison had a strong front nine, making birdie on the 3rd hole after a beautiful approach shot into the green. Although she made back-to-back bogeys after that birdie, she made the turn at a respectable one-over par. She ran into more trouble on the back nine, especially as the wind started to pick up a little bit more. Carding three bogeys and one double bogey, she ended up at six-over par for the day and 10-over par for the tournament. She maintains second place and will look to improve on her play in the final round.
Defending champion, Julianna Megan is now in third place after a second-round 76 (+4) which is an improvement on her first round 79 (+7). Megan rolled in a birdie putt on each nine and overall felt more comfortable with her game. She said, “I was definitely putting a lot better today. Yesterday, I missed a lot of birdie putts that I really wanted to make.”
Last year, Megan won the New Hampshire Women’s Amateur at Concord Country Club in a playoff. Drawing on that experience and thinking back to last year, she says playing Montcalm is similar to Concord in terms of having some challenging stances and the greens can be tricky depending on where you put the ball. This year, Megan is 14 shots back of the lead heading to the final round, but is looking to play her own game.
“I’m just trying to play well for myself” Megan stated. “If I’m in the 70’s and my goal is to be lower than 78, then I’ll take that as a win.”
Known for her calm demeanor on the golf course, Megan always appears to be relaxed and never gets worked up over a bad swing or bad shot. She commented, “I have expectations for myself and goals, but I play it how it goes. Stuff is going to happen out on the course, and I just have to deal with it.”
18 holes remain in the New Hampshire Women’s Amateur Championship. Fennessy continues to have a target on her back as everyone looks to close the gap heading to the final round.
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