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Tara Watt named head coach for Saint Anselm women's golf


September 08, 2021
MANCHESTER — Kennett graduate Tara Watt has been hired as the first head coach of the Saint Anselm College women's golf program. The squad is scheduled to hit the course for the first time during the 2022-23 academic year.

A decorated amateur golfer in the Granite State, Watt is a two-time New Hampshire Women's Golf Association State Champion, winning in 2011 and most recently in 2020. Last week, Watt won the NHGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship for the second consecutive year and continues to compete in other major regional events throughout the calendar year.

An active member of the New Hampshire Golf Association's (NHGA) Board of Directors since 2019, she has also served a stint on the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association Board of Directors from 2015-19. Watt comes to the Hilltop after five years at Southern New Hampshire University as the institution's assistant women's golf coach.

"I am very excited to be named the first head coach in Saint Anselm history," said Watt. "I have always wanted to become a head coach, so when this opportunity arose at Saint Anselm, I was very excited and eager to learn more about the institution. I am ready to hit the ground running and build a competitive team as we attempt to grow the game."

With her guidance, the Penmen improved from a sixth-place finish at the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Championship to as high as third in 2018. Watt also coached the league's Rookie of the Year award recipient in 2017 and, in total, seven student-athletes earned All-Conference honors from the NE10 from 2016-20.

"Coach Watt is passionate about the sport, and her enthusiasm for starting our women's golf program resonated with us during the search process," said Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery. "We are so happy to welcome Tara to the Hilltop as she begins recruiting the future faces of Saint Anselm women's golf."

Watt is a 2005 graduate of Gardner-Webb University where she was a member of the women's golf team and an active participant on the institution's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and is presently employed by Control Technologies, Inc. as a Service Account Manager.

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