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Watt Adds to Her Trophy Collection, Claims Second-Straight NHGA Women's Mid-Amateur Title

August 20th, 2021

North Sutton, NH – As the weather did not cooperate for the first round of the tournament, the NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship being held at the Country Club of New Hampshire was shortened to 18 holes.  Despite the tournament being cut in half, Tara Watt (Derryfield CC) emerged as the champion for the second-straight year with a four-over par round of 76.  She held off second-place finisher Paige Macleay (Eastman GL) who held the lead at the turn and ended up finishing two shots back of Watt.
 
Watt came into the tournament having a successful season, especially a successful month of August for her golf game.  She recently finished second in the NHWGA Championship and then continued onto capture medalist honors in the US Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier she competed in at Laconia Country Club.  Next month she will head to South Carolina to compete against the top female mid-amateur golfers in the country.
 
Starting out the day, Watt’s front nine was steady and consistent.  She made one birdie on the 5th hole, but made two bogeys after that to make the turn at one-over par.  At the turn, she was sitting in second place behind Macleay who had made two birdies and two bogeys to turn at even-par.  It was going to be a battle of the back nines and who could hang on for the win.
 
After the 10th hole, Watt got herself to two shots back of Macleay as she bogeyed the hole and needed to keep her game in control to catch her.  Macleay ended up finding some trouble on the back nine with four bogeys and one double bogey to set herself back as Watt only carded two more bogeys on the back nine.  Neither player had a birdie on the back, but Watt’s consistency shined through for her to capture the win with a 76 (+4).
 
“I haven’t played this course in forever, so I came out and played a practice round”, stated Watt following her win.  “It’s a little short for my game so I was just playing smart, so hitting irons off the tee and leaving myself full shots into the green.”
 
“I was just hoping to make pars and a couple birdies here and there”, continued Watt.  “It’s easy to get in trouble here so its all about ball placement.”
 
One of the strengths of Watt’s game is how far she can hit the ball off the tee.  She is one of the longest hitters in the state and can usually take advantage of that.  But at the Country Club of New Hampshire, which was playing to around 5,100 yards, she had to shift her game plan in order to be successful.
 
Watt commented, “I could only hit driver on 18, so I was hitting 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron off the tee, but I was still leaving myself with wedges and 9 irons so it worked, but it took my length out of the game.”
 
Despite changing her usual game plan to one that works for this course, Watt pulled off the win to claim her second NHGA win in the 2021 season and her second-straight NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur title.  She now adds this trophy to her collection and to her confidence as she looks ahead to the US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
 
When asked if she used her confidence from her USGA qualifying round in this tournament, Watt said, “I’m still kind of on a high.  Those are the events you dream to play in.  I’ve played in a couple USGA events before, the State Team, but I’ve never played as an individual, so I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Now needing to make room on her shelf at home for another trophy, Watt stated, with a smile on her face, “It’s always fun to win and I just loving being out here and competing.”
 
On the net side of the competition, Stacey Freda (Windham CC) took the win with a net score of 75.  Freda played a great round, especially on the back nine at Country Club of New Hampshire.  She made three birdies on the back nine to help herself to the net victory by a narrow margin of one stroke.
 
The New Hampshire Golf Association thanks the Country Club of New Hampshire for their hospitality in hosting this event and preparing the golf course after the large amount of rain the previous day.
 
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