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HAVERHILL, Massachusetts – In blistering heat on a Monday morning at Haverhill Country Club, 40 teams of two competed in the newly added Women’s Championship, the Women’s Four-Ball for the Townshend Cup.
The Hannah D. Townshend Cup has been held since 1930, when The Townshend Cup was presented to the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts by Hannah D. Townshend in memory of her sister, Miss Fanny Osgood. After many years of it being on the Women’s Tournament schedule, the Townshend Cup had been elevated to championship status and named the Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend Cup. Competitors in this 18-hole, four-ball stroke play event with Handicap Indexes of 18.0 or lower are able to earn points towards Player of the Year standings.
The team of Megan Buck (Thorny Lea Golf Club) and Shannon Johnson (Thorny Lea Golf Club) took to the course and held the solo lead throughout the day without relinquishing, taking home the gross division with a best-ball score of 8-under 64. Buck is most recently coming off a solo win at the New England Women’s Amateur Championship held at North Conway Country Club in New Hampshire where she was able to better her Four-Ball partner by one stroke.
“The course is in really great shape,” said Megan Buck. “The greens were fast and we definitely took advantage of that throughout the day. I was pretty happy with the way I was rolling putts.”
The team of Buck and Johnson had great chemistry throughout the round with Johnson carding three birdies and an eagle and Buck adding four birdies of her own.
“We play off of each other really well,” said Johnson. “It was a solid day for us and the fact that this event is a Championship now really made us want to take it up a notch. Heading into next week I’ll be making my way down to Washington D.C. for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and playing great competitive events like this is part of the preparation.” The U.S. Women’s Amateur begins August 3 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.
In the Net division, the duo of Sally DeGan (LPGA AGA Boston) and Connie Hayton (Sagamore Spring GC), rose to the top with a net score of 8-under 64.
Women’s Amateur Championship Competitors in the Field
Heading into the heart of the competitive season, there were 36 competitors who will be participating in the Mass Golf Women’s Amateur Championship beginning August 11 at Essex County Club. Competitors of note include Shannon Johnson, Megan Buck, Sue Curtin, Rebecca Skoler, Anne Walsh and Gabrielle Shieh.
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