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Five Under Par Back Nine Gives Watt & Knights the NHGA Women's Team Title

June 10th, 2021

Concord, NH – After beginning the day one shot back, Tara Watt and Betsy Knights ended the day with the NHGA Women’s Team Championship trophies in their hands as their five-under par back nine helped them to a victory at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.  The duo shot an impressive 67 (-5) in the final round to win by three strokes over their challenging competitors.
Starting the day out, the two were one shot back of Beth Hamilton and Mindy Inglis-Reid, but were tied with Joan Cyr and June Ferland, all tough competitors.  Hamilton/ Inglis-Reid and Watt/Knights bogeyed the opening hole of their final round, which started to open the door for Cyr/Ferland who started out playing steady golf in their final round.  By the time all three teams made the turn, Cyr/Ferland and Watt/ Knights were tied at the top of the leader as Hamilton/ Inglis-Reid had slipped back a few shots.
For Watt/ Knights, the back nine was a whole different story.  They turned on the jets.  Knights stated, “We heard that we were tied after the front nine so we kind of looked at each other and said, ‘we need to get going’, so we definitely stepped on it and made some birdies.”
Making some birdies was an understatement.  The two went on to make five birdies on the back side and began to gain the lead after birdies on the 14th and 15th holes.  After playing 15, they had a two-shot lead over Cyr/ Ferland and knew that making pars the rest of the way could give them a chance at the win.  Knights added the fifth birdie for the team on the back nine by chipping in on the par-3, 17th hole to extend the lead to three shots, which they held onto as they made par on the final hole.
Knights talked about the birdies on the back nine, especially the ones on 14 and 15 that gave them the lead and stated, “It gave us confidence, but we also knew we had to keep stepping on the gas.”
This was the first time Watts and Knights have ever played together, but they knew their own strengths and took advantage of that.  Watts commented saying, “Our strategy all week was to have Betsy go first, tee off and put one in the fairway and I can hit the ball kind of far, so I could take my driver and take advantage of the longer holes.”
That strategy, along with playing some great golf, really helped.  Watt talked about what was working specifically in her game saying, “I was hitting my driver pretty well, so I was having little wedge shots into some of the par-4’s and my wedge game today was great, so I was leaving myself three-footers for birdies.”
With this win, Watt picks up here third NHGA championship title after winning the NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur last season and most recently winning the NHGA Women’s Match Play Championship last month.  Knights is now a two-time NHGA Women’s Team champion, having won the event in 2019 with partner Amy Peters.
Cyr/ Ferland ended with an under-par round themselves, shooting 70 (-2) to finish second in the Gross Division, but they also ended up winning first in the Net Division with a net total of 14-under par across the two rounds.  On the Gross side, they carded three birdies and just one bogey, but more impressively went back and forth, making the important pars when they needed to. 
Finishing second in the Net Division is the team of Karen Landry and Karen Brickner who collectively shot a net 13-under par.  The two equally contributed to their success and took advantage of the holes that would pay off for them.
The NHGA would like to extend a thank you to entire staff at Beaver Meadow Golf Course for their hospitality throughout the tournament.  The course was in a great shape and was a great test for the competitors in this event.
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