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Defending Champions Hamilton & Inglis-Reid Lead NHGA Women's Team Field After Round One

June 9th, 2021

Concord, NH – With three birdies on the card, Beth Hamilton and Mindy Inglis-Reid lead the NHGA Women’s Team Championship being held at Beaver Meadow Golf Course by one stroke after firing an opening round 71 (-1).  They have tough competition right behind them as the teams of Tara Watt/ Betsy Knights and Joan Cyr/ June Ferland trail with even-par rounds.
 
Hamilton and Inglis-Reid started out their round on a positive note, both making birdie on their opening hole, the 10th hole at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.  From there, they went back and forth trading pars.  Despite both making bogey on their 8th hole, 17 at Beaver Meadow, they made the turn at even par.
 
On their second nine, they both bogeyed their 11th hole, but Inglis-Reid birdied their 13th hole and Hamilton birdied their 18th hole to finish the round at one-under par, 71, which is good enough to have the lead by one stroke.
 
“I thought we were very consistent,” commented Hamilton following the round.  “We probably would have liked to make a few more putts today but I thought we did a good job.”
 
The duo are the defending champions of the NHGA Women’s Team Championship, having won the tournament last year at Keene Country Club.  They know what they need to do in the final round to close it out for a win.
 
Inglis-Reid stated, “We’re playing solid.  We’ll just give each other chances and we’ll get it done.”
 
Heading into the final round, they will be looking to go lower than they did in their opening round and are hoping to capitalize on more of their birdie opportunities.
 
They work together well, using different strengths to their advantage.  Hamilton said, “We know each other pretty well, so we would play holes differently depending on where our landing zone is.  Maybe one will go for it, and one won’t.”
 
Hamilton and Inglis-Reid will have to keep an eye on the teams right behind them as Tara Watt/ Betsy Knights and Joan Cyr/ June Ferland trail by just one stroke.  Watt and Knights have both won NHGA championships, Watt most recently winning the NHGA Women’s Match Play Championship and Knights won the NHGA Women’s Team back in 2019.  With only one birdie on the card, they helped each other out along way, one making par where the other may have been out of the hole.
 
Cyr and Ferland both went back and forth well with each other, making four birdies throughout the day, but four bogeys kept their score to even-par, but still just one shot back.  They will look to keep Hamilton/ Inglis-Reid in their sights as they head to the final round.
 
With 18 holes left to play in the tournament, it is a close race to the top of the leaderboard, with strong teams contending.

Round 1 Results: CLICK HERE
Round 2 Starting Times: CLICK HERE