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Richardson Rises To Top, Captures NH Women's Mid-Amateur Title

August 22nd, 2019

Newbury, NH – Despite the weather-shortened tournament, Corey Richardson (Duston CC) captured the 2019 New Hampshire Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship title in a one-hole playoff over Margaret Brenner (Nashua CC).  Both golfers shot 78 (+6) in the now 18-hole championship to enter into a sudden death playoff for the win.  Richardson took home the title with a par on the first playoff hole.
 
Due to the severe thunderstorms and large amounts of rain on the first day, Round 1 of the NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship was canceled, cutting the tournament down to just 18 holes.  The second day brought plenty of sunshine and beautiful weather for the field of golfers that took to Baker Hill Golf Club for this championship.
 
Prior to playing this round, Richardson mentioned she had never seen or played the course before, saying she tends to play a little better that way.  With that in mind, she talked about her game plan for the tournament saying, “Just stay in the fairways, stay out of trouble.  If I have to go short, that’s fine.  I wasn’t going to drive my way out of anything.”
 
Beginning the day with a few bogeys on the card, she was able to pick up some momentum at the end of the front nine with birdies on the 8th and 9th holes.  She made the turn at three over par.  On the back side, it was fairly similar with four bogeys and one birdie, taking advantage of the par-5, 11th hole. 
 
Speaking with Richardson following the round she stated, “I started slow and then I kind of picked it up a little towards the end of the first nine with a couple of birdies.  I had really great playing partners today and enjoyed the day.  I was just relaxed and comfortable.”
 
You could see how relaxed and comfortable Richardson was with her game as she headed into the playoff with Brenner.  She hit her drive in the fairway, put her second shot on the back of the green and two-putted for the win. 
 
Richardson mentioned what she needed to do in that playoff to win.  She commented, “Just hit it in the fairway because I know Margaret is a killer, she wins a lot.  I hadn’t met her until today, I really enjoyed it and got fortunate, I think.”
 
This is Richardson’s first New Hampshire Golf Association title she has captured and joins Amy Peters (Hanover CC) among the champions of this tournament.
 
Not to be overlooked was the strong play from Margaret Brenner.  After nine holes, Brenner had a lead on the entire field, turning at just two over par.  But the first four holes of the back nine gave her a little trouble as she bogeyed each of them and was not able to follow any up with a birdie.
 
Heading to the playoff, Brenner drove her ball down the middle of the fairway but missed the green left with her second shot.  Needing to at least get up and down to keep the playoff going, she struggled to get the ball on the green from the difficult position she was in.  Ultimately, Richardson rolled in her par putt for the win.
 
On the Net side of the competition, Beth Gutteridge posted a very strong score that earned her the Net champion title of the NH Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.  Gutteridge fired a gross 79 and net 69 to take the win, with highlights coming from birdies on the 5th and 11th holes of Baker Hill GC.
 
The NHGA would like to thank the staff at Baker Hill GC for their hospitality throughout this championship.  The course was in impeccable condition considering the amount of rain that fell on the first day of the tournament.
 
Results can be found here:  https://nhgaregister.golfgenius.com/pages/2165223