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Watt Leads Women's Mid-Amateur By One With Opening Round 72

August 19th, 2020

Portsmouth, NH – Fresh off her victory in the NHWGA Championship at Bretwood Golf Course, Tara Watt (Derryfield CC) leads the NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship being held at Pease Golf Course after an opening round 72 (+1).  She currently leads by one stroke as Dana Harrity (Abenaqui CC) shot a two-over par, 73 to be right on Watt’s heels heading to the final round of play.
Watt got off to a very consistent start on the front nine, making par on the first eight holes.  Her first birdie of the day came on the par-3, 9th hole at Pease Golf Course and she was able to make the turn at one-under par.
After the round, Watt commented on her opening nine saying, “I hit eight out of nine greens, so I was getting on in regulation and I actually birdied nine, that was my one birdie.  I made eights pars and one birdie, so I had the short stick going and I was getting on in regulation so that helps.”
Heading to the back side, she continued her consistent golf but made a couple errors causing three bogeys, including two bogeys on the closing two holes of the course.  Despite those three bogeys, she made a birdie on the 14th hole to finish the day at one-over par, 72.
When asked what the difference was on the back nine, Watt commented, “I was having some issues with my driver today.  For me, the course plays a little short, so I don’t need to hit my driver but the couple times I took it out, I made bogey.”
“So, I will regroup for tomorrow and do what works and that’s hitting long irons off the tee”, continued Watt.
Watt came into this tournament with some confidence as she recently captured the NHWGA Championship title down in Keene.  She said, “Anytime you get a win, you get that little bit of confidence back up on your head so that helps.”
With 18 holes left to play in the tournament, Watt plans to stick to a lot of what she was doing in the first round with a few tweaks.  Her putting and iron game off the tee were working in the first round and she hopes to carry that with her to capture another title.
Harrity, who sits just one shot back of Watt, also had a strong day on the golf course.  Aside from one trouble hole on the front nine, she joins Watt in making eight pars on the front side.  On the back nine, Harrity kept it to even par with two birdies and two bogeys to finish her round with a 73 (+2).  Harrity is no stranger to competitive golf and will look to keep Watt in her sights in the final round.
With the field being flighted after the opening round, there was a 4-for-1 playoff to the determine the final player to advance to the Championship flight.  Betsy Knights, Paige Macleay, Cortney Tilley and Mindy Williams took to the course for the playoff; all four finished their 18 holes with an 83 (+11).  Ultimately it came down to Knights and Macleay with Knights draining a lengthy par putt on the third playoff hole to grab the last spot in the Championship flight.
The NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is a 36-hole tournament open to female golfers in New Hampshire age 25 and older.  All golfers play 18 holes and the field is broken up into flights for the final 18 holes of play.  This year the tournament is being played at Pease Golf Course.
Round 1 Results: CLICK HERE
Round 2 Pairings & Tee Times: CLICK HERE