NHWGA State Am
Youths assert themselves in NHWGA State Amateur
The group is made up of three 20-somethings who are among the best young golfers in the state and have turned this three-day tournament into a one-day, 18-hole dash for the title.
Harrity is four shots back at 151 and Colette, Lisanne's sister, is another four behind that. Tara Watt of Derryfield in Manchester is at 82-74-156.
They've done it so far.
Martin, 2-under through 13 holes on Wednesday, finished with a par 72, the second-best round of the day, for her 75-72-147 total.
Marshall was 4-under on the front nine on Wednesday, struggled some on the back and then pulled out a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to post a tournament-best round of 2-under 70 and earn her share of the lead at 77-70-147.
"It could be anybody's," Lisanne Schmidt said. "The conditions are good and we're all capable of scoring well. I typically play better, the better the people I'm with are playing. That's how it needs to be. I'm really looking forward to it."
"My driver got me in some trouble and my putter was my friend today," Marshall said. "I got a lesson a couple of days ago at Abenaqui and it's helped. I picked up a few things and it's worked so far. And hopefully my driver straightens out."
But the ball bounced back into the fairway, she hit a solid second shot and a great approach put her within three feet of the hole for a closing-out birdie.
None of the young front three golfers has won a State Am.
As for the 15-time champ?
"I'd have to shoot something pretty incredible and they'd all have to be bad," Harrity said. "They're not all going to blow up. It's not out of reach, but with all three of them tied and four strokes ahead, it makes it that much tougher."
Now she mostly has to watch the shootout from the group in front of Schmidt, Martin and Marshall.
Last year, Marshall had a one-shot lead going into the final hole in the State Am at Hanover Country Club and shot a 10 on the hole, opening the door to Harrity.