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WORCESTER, Massachusetts – On the first day of the 2019 Griscom Cup Intercity Matches, one of the longest running women’s amateur tournaments in United States golf history, the squad from the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association hold a one half-point lead following Thursday’s first round of play. The team, consisting of eight players and an alternate, tallied 14.5 total points in the three-way match play round and sit atop the leaderboard with one more round of competition slated for Friday morning at Worcester Country Club.
Team Massachusetts is in a close second, tallying 14 points on the afternoon while the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia recorded 7.5 points to place third after the first round of matches.
Following a morning practice round Thursday on the central Massachusetts course, captains from the three respective teams announced their pairings during the mid-day break before play resumed in the afternoon round.
In Thursday’s action, the Women’s Metropolitan New York team of LeeAnn Lewis and Emily Montagnino collected 2.5 out of a possible three points against Massachusetts while sweeping fellow competitor Philadelphia, 3.0 points to none, for a team-leading 5 ½ points while the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association duo of Ami Gianchandani, a first year on the Yale Women’s Golf Team, and teammate Tara Fleming, a former LPGA Tour player, added four total points to boost their team standings.
Looking to win their first Griscom Cup title since 2016, the last time the Intercity Matches were held in Massachusetts, the Bay State squad tallied 14 points behind a valiant effort from the team of Pam Kuong and Krystal Knight, who swept both their match for a day-best six points, while the collegiate team of Hannah Ghelfi and Jen Keim added five additional points to pull within one point of the leaders.
The high school tandem of Angela Garvin and Allison Paik added two total points, taking one from each of their fellow competitors, while the team of Chelsea Curtis and Kris Henderson collected 0.5 points in each of their two matches.
In Friday’s second and final round, all three teams will compete in a three-way singles matches. Points recorded in Thursday’s round will be added to Friday’s cumulative total to determine the 2019 champion.
Mass Golf will provide coverage from the final round of the 2019 Griscom Cup matches on Friday. Visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #MassGolf.