North Hampton resident Dana Harrity is New Hampshire’s lone representative in the 58th U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, which began Saturday at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Club.
There are 132 players in this year’s event, each of whom is 50 or older. Harrity, who has won the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship a record 16 times, qualified on July 29 at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass.
In addition to her State Am titles, Harrity won the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship in 2014. She also competed in the 1996 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Harrity is scheduled to tee off in Sunday’s second round at 12:55 p.m. The top 64 golfers following Sunday’s round will qualify for match play beginning Monday.
This year’s field includes Lara Tennant, a Portland, Ore., resident who defeated Australia’s Sue Wooster 3 and 2 in last year’s championship match at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
City championships next weekend
The Manchester City Golf Championships begin Saturday.
The men’s tournament is a three-day, stroke-play event that will be held at Derryfield Country Club (Saturday), Intervale Country Club (Sunday) and Manchester Country Club (Monday). There will be a cut after 36 holes, so only the top 40 golfers (plus ties) will advance to Monday’s round.
The women’s tournament features two days of stroke play and begins Saturday at Intervale. The second and final round will be held Sunday at Derryfield.
Dave Sherborne won his third men’s title last year. He also prevailed in 2014 and 2015.
The men’s tournament also features a Junior Division, a Senior Division and a Super Senior Division. Each player in the men’s tournament must be a Manchester resident or a member in good standing at one of the three host clubs.
Johnna Lorry has won the last two women’s championships. The women’s tournament is open to those who live in Manchester, Auburn, Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield and Londonderry, or players who are members at one of the following clubs: Candia Woods, Countryside, Derryfield, Hidden Creek, Intervale, Londonderry, Manchester, Passaconaway or Stonebridge.
The women’s tournament also features a Senior Division.
Kearney qualifies for NE Senior tourney
Bob Kearney shot an 11-over-par 83 at The Connecticut Golf Club in Easton, Conn., last Monday to qualify for this year’s New England Senior Amateur Championship, which will be held Sept. 17-18 at Biddeford-Saco Country Club in Saco, Maine.
Thirty players competed in the qualifier, and Kearney was one of 13 who advanced. The cut came at 83.
Kearney lives in Houston, but spends summers in Harrisville. He played college golf at the University of Connecticut from 1975 to 1978, and in 2015 was the top-ranked senior amateur golfer in the country. He qualified to play in back-to-back U.S. Senior Amateurs in 2015 and 2016, and reached match play in 2015 when he won his first-round match.
The next qualifier for the New England Senior Amateur will be held Monday at Riverside Golf Course in Portland, Maine.
Granite State well represented at USGA Mid-Am
Derryfield Country Club’s Matthew Burroughs and Nashua Country Club’s James Pleat will join Hanover Country Club’s Pat Pelletier in the 264-player field for this year’s USGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Burroughs qualified by shooting a 4-under-par 66 — the lowest score in the qualifier — at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Conn., on Aug. 14. Pleat also qualified that day with a 1-under-par 69.
This year’s USGA Mid-Amateur will be played Sept 14-19 at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., and the CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colo. Pelletier has exempt status for the tournament because of his World Amateur Golf Ranking.
NH Hall of Fame ceremony Oct. 17
The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame ceremony will be held Oct. 17 at Manchester Country Club. This year’s inductees are Phil Pleat, Thomas J. Leonard Jr., Laura Shanahan-Rowe and Stan Lencki Sr.
The event is open to the public ($50 per ticket). There will be a cocktail hour from 5-6 p.m. followed by dinner.
SNHU ready to tee off
The Southern New Hampshire University men’s and women’s golf teams will each open the 2019 season Sept. 8. The SNHU men, which made the program’s second trip to the NCAA Division II tournament last season, will begin their season at the Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational at Keene Country Club. The SNHU women start their season at the Saint Rose Invitational at Western Turnpike Golf Club in Guilderland, N.Y.