Shanahan, a 43-year-old artist from Bedford, N.H., won the first hole with a par-4, won the third hole, and never looked back, completing a goal she set when she was in her early 30s.
Its very satisfying to accomplish what I set out to do seven years ago, said Shanahan following the match. Im absolutely amazed that I accomplished it.
With her victory, Shanahan becomes the first-ever woman from New Hampshire to win a national championship conducted by the United States Golf Association.
The critical moment of the match came at the par-5 9th, when, after Shanahan had bogeyed the hole, Hardin missed a three-footer for par which would have tied the match.
After that, it was all Shanahan, as she won the 11th, 13th and 14th holes.
When it was done, however, Hardin remained happy with her overall accomplishments, and did not seem bothered to lose to such a strong golfer.
She was very steady, said Hardin, a 41-year-old from Texas. She didnt miss many fairways or greens.
The Womens Mid-Amateur is open to women aged 25 or older, and is one of 13 national championships conducted by the USGA.
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