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Watt Withstands Playoff to Capture Her Second Championship Title Within a Month

August 20th, 2020

Portsmouth, NH – After a nerve-wracking, three-hole playoff with Dana Harrity, Tara Watt officially emerges as the 2020 NHGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion.  Watt finished her second round with a 77 (+6) to enter into a playoff with Harrity who fired a second-round 76 (+5).  Both players finished the 36 holes at seven-over par.  Watt now adds this title to her 2020 NHWGA Championship win that she captured earlier this month at Bretwood Golf Course.
Beginning the day, Watt had a one-shot lead over Dana Harrity and the remainder of the field.  She started the second round on a positive note, making birdie on the first hole, but went on to bogey the 2nd hole and double bogey the par-3, 3rd hole to sit tied for the lead with Dana Harrity who only bogeyed the 2nd hole.  With Watt going on to make three more bogeys on the front nine, Harrity was able to pull ahead and head to the back nine with a three-shot lead.
“I was struggling on the front,” commented Watt after her win.  “I wasn’t hitting greens and my short game was just way off today, I was just not making up and downs.  And then I had a couple three-putts and that’s never good.”
Harrity began to capitalize on the mistakes Watt was making by remaining consistent in her game.  After making the turn, she made par on every hole until the 16th where she started to slip up.  Harrity bogeyed the 16th, double bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the 18th to open the door back up for Watt to get back into it. 
While Harrity was making bogey, Watt made a par on 16 and birdie on 17 to head down 18 in a tied for the lead.
Watt stated, “I honestly had no idea where I stood.  I thought at that point I was just playing for second.  So, I as just trying to finish strong.  I made a great birdie putt on 17 and on 16 I made a great up and down to save par there, so I had a little momentum going in.”
On 18, both Harrity and Watt missed the green, but Harrity put herself into a tough position.  She managed an impressive up and down for bogey, while Watt chipped up and missed her par putt to send them into a playoff.
On the first playoff hole, the par-5 1st hole at Pease Golf Course, Harrity stuck her third shot in close enough for an easy birdie, while Watt put her second shot left of the green, leaving a tough chip onto the green where she needed to get it close for a birdie opportunity.
“I knew I had to have a good chip from where I put my second shot,” said Watt.  “So, I knew I had to get that close and give myself a chance to make a birdie putt and it worked out.”
They both made their birdie putts and headed to the second playoff hole.  Making routine pars there, they then headed to the 3rd playoff hole, which was the 3rd hole at Pease that Watt had previously double bogeyed.
With a back pin location, Harrity left her tee shot just short of the green and Watt put hers on.  Watt’s putt just lipped out of the hole for the win, but Harrity three-putted her way to a bogey, while Watt tapped in for par and for the win.
At the turn, Watt thought she was playing for second place by the way she was playing and based on how consistent Harrity had been playing all along.  But she was able to fight her way back into it. 
“I never gave up and you never know what’s going to happen out there,” commented Watt.
This marks Watt’s first individual NHGA title and her second championship title within one month as she won the NHWGA Championship two weeks prior.  She’s excited to be able to take home the trophy after a challenging second round and playoff against a tough competitor.
In the other flights, Paige Macleay captured the First Flight win, Karen Landry won the Second Flight and Thayer Plante took home the title in the Third Flight.
The New Hampshire Golf Association would like to thank Pease Golf Course for hosting this event and for all the players coming out and making this a fun and exciting tournament.
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