ALLAMUCHY, N.J. – Play in the 53rd Women’s Senior and 33rd Women's Super-Senior opened up on a beautiful fall day at Panther Valley Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Round one wrapped up with Donna McHugh of Upper Montclair Country Club leading the way in both the Senior and Super-Senior divisions, carding an 11-over par 83.


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“I got lucky.” McHugh reflected, “I missed a lot of greens in regulation, but I was able to still get some up and downs for bogies. So it was good. It was a good round.”

McHugh recorded only one double bogey through 18 to keep her score low and hold a lead going into Wednesday’s second round.

When asked if there is anything to change tomorrow, McHugh reiterated that hitting more greens is the main goal. “Not hitting greens is so punitive on a course like this. The bunkers are tough, the rough around the bunkers are tough, but it also plays a lot longer than the card shows. So, a couple of shots here and there make a big difference.”

McHugh holds a two stroke lead in the Senior division and a five stroke lead in the Super-Senior division at the end of the opening round, but says the lead doesn’t necessarily add any comfort.

“Anything can happen on a golf course. Last year I was in good shape after the first round and I totally tanked in the second round. So no confidence at all. It's all who shows up in the morning.”

All 32 women will be returning to Panther Valley tomorrow morning to play another 18 holes and attempt to claim the Super-Senior and James Dorment trophies.

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