Pictor Leads After First Round Of U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Leigh Klasse, seen here at the 2009 Women's Mid-Amateur, escaped Saturday's adverse weather conditions with a 2-over 74 and a tie for third. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)
By Christina Lance, USGA
September 18, 2011

Virginia Beach, Va. – Brenda Pictor, 56, of Marietta, Ga., shot a an even-par 72 to take a one-stroke lead following the weather-delayed first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being conducted at 6,187-yard, par-72 Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va.

Heavy rain and strong wind necessitated a suspension of play at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, and the round was ultimately postponed later that afternoon. Play resumed at 7:55 a.m. Sunday.

Pictor, who reached the semifinals at the 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, was among the 59 players whose first rounds were delayed until Sunday due to Saturday’s unplayable course conditions. She carded two birdies and two bogeys during her steady opening round.

“It was just fairways and greens,” said Pictor, the runner-up at the 2011 North & South Senior Women’s Amateur and the champion in 2010. “When I did miss a green, I was able to get up and down a few times. It was just a very nice, easy round.”

While rain was not a factor on Sunday morning, gusts of up to 30 miles per hour buffeted the players. Pictor, however, was unfazed by the winds.

“I hit some really good shots today into the wind,” said Pictor. “I was able to get around and stay steady.”

Virginia Grimes, 47, of Meridian, Miss., the 1998 Women’s Mid-Amateur winner, was one stroke behind Pictor at 1-over 73, while Leigh Klasse, 51, of St. Anthony, Minn., and Tara Joy-Connelly, 38, of Pembroke, Mass., followed at 2-over 74.

Klasse was 1-over par after 13 holes when play was suspended on Saturday. When play resumed Sunday morning, she promptly made a double-bogey on the par-4 14th.

A birdie at the par-5 18th capped an otherwise steady round for Klasse, especially considering Saturday’s adverse conditions.

“When it’s wet like that, like yesterday, bogey is good,” said Klasse, who reached the round of 16 at last week’s USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. “I was lucky – I got up and down a few times instead of getting a bogey.”

Defending champion Meghan Stasi, 33, of Oakland Park, Fla., opened her bid for a fourth Women’s Mid-Amateur title with a 5-over 77. Virginia Beach resident Carol Robertson, 28, finished her interrupted round at 3-over 75. Robertson, who was the runner-up to Stasi in 2010, is the head women’s golf coach at nearby Old Dominion University.

The second round of stroke play began at 1:30 p.m., and will not be finished until Monday. After the round is completed, the field will be reduced to 64 players for the first round of match play, which will begin Monday afternoon. The second and third rounds will be played Tuesday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played Wednesday, and the 18-hole championship final will be played Thursday.

The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championship conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Christina Lance is a coordinator of championship communications for the USGA. Email questions or comments to clance@usga.org. 

Virginia Beach, Va. – Results following the conclusion of the first round of stroke play Sunday morning at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at the par-72, 6,187-yard Bayville Golf Club: 

Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 36-36—72
Virginia Grimes, Meridian, Miss. - 36-37—73
Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. - 38-36—74
Tara Joy-Connelly, Pembroke, Mass. - 38-36—74
Jennifer Lucas, Knoxville, Tenn. - 37-38—75
Carol Robertson, Virginia Beach, Va. - 36-39—75
Christy Larrimore, Baltimore, Md. - 37-38—75
Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio - 38-38—76
Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. - 34-42—76
Shawn Farmer, Bellevue, Wash. - 38-38—76
Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. - 36-40—76
Patti Hogeboom, Canada - 40-37—77
Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. - 38-39—77
Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. - 39-38—77
Joan Garety, Ada, Mich. - 36-41—77
Amanda Pettit, Irving, Texas - 36-41—77
Wendi Golden, Bradenton, Fla. - 38-39—77
Anna Morales, Austin, Texas - 39-38—77
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. - 39-38—77
Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. - 39-39—78
Ann Lahey, La Quinta, Calif. - 36-42—78
Mina Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas - 37-41—78
Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 38-40—78
Kerry Postillion, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 40-38—78
Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. - 40-39—79
Sharon Park, Irvine, Calif. - 39-40—79
Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. - 41-38—79
Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. - 40-39—79
Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 37-42—79
Stefani Markovich, Canada - 41-38—79
Liisa Kelo Escartin, Mexico - 38-41—79
Julie Harrison, Baton Rouge, La. - 40-39—79
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. - 40-39—79
Ashley Slavich, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 40-40—80
Mickey Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - 40-40—80
Janet Moore, Greenwood Village, Colo. - 41-39—80
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka - 40-41—81
Helene Beat, Sylvania, Ohio - 43-38—81
Reana Yun, Glendale, Calif. - 42-39—81
Jill Johnson, Tulsa, Okla. - 39-42—81
Paige Bromen, Stillwater, Minn. - 39-42—81
Akemi Khaiat, Japan - 40-41—81
Robin Burke, Houston, Texas - 40-41—81
Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas - 41-41—82
Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. - 40-42—82
Amber Marsh Elliott, Greensboro, N.C. - 38-44—82
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 41-41—82
Annette Gaiotti, Holladay, Utah - 39-43—82
Alexandra Frazier, Conshohocken, Pa. - 40-42—82
Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 43-39—82
Staci Creech, Chapel Hill, N.C. - 40-42—82
Katie O'Donnell, Mount Prospect, Ill. - 39-43—82
Debra Mielke, McKinney, Texas - 38-44—82
Michele Bennett, Santa Barbara, Calif. - 38-44—82
Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. - 42-40—82
Maren Scoggins, Denver, Colo. - 41-41—82
Judith Allan-Kyrinis, Canada - 42-41—83
Rylee Plitz, Canada - 44-39—83
Jordan Craig, Connellsville, Pa. - 42-41—83
Shirley Trier, Hartville, Ohio - 41-42—83
Cissye Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. - 40-43—83
Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas - 41-42—83
Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 43-40—83
Amy Suleiman, North Olmsted, Ohio - 41-42—83
Shannon Lutynski, Castle Rock, Colo. - 42-41—83
Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 41-43—84
Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. - 42-42—84
Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 42-42—84
Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. - 41-43—84
Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 42-42—84
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. - 43-41—84
Kim Dickerson, Palatine, Ill. - 42-42—84
Angela Stewart, Greenville, N.C. - 42-42—84
Mary Cabriele, Vienna, Va. - 39-46—85
Deby Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 47-38—85
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis. - 42-43—85
Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill. - 38-47—85
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas - 41-44—85
Teri Gangi-Helder, Monte Sereno, Calif. - 40-45—85
Angela Collins, Glendale, Calif. - 38-47—85
Kim Briele, New Bern, N.C. - 43-42—85
Evelyne Lussier, Canada - 42-43—85
Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 41-44—85
Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho - 43-42—85
Lynn Simmons, Phoenix, Ariz. - 42-44—86
Meredith Chiampa, New York, N.Y. - 43-43—86
Jennifer Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas - 43-43—86
Cynthia Navis, Point Clear, Ala. - 41-45—86
Karen Veriato, San Marcos, Texas - 42-44—86
Sarah Phillips-Durst, Tallahassee, Fla. - 46-40—86
Cindy Morris, Portsmouth, Va. - 42-44—86
Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 44-43—87
Martha Lang, Birmingham, Ala. - 43-44—87
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 43-44—87
Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 42-45—87
Frances Gacos, Flemington, N.J. - 42-46—88
Kimberly Noonan, Austin, Texas - 44-44—88
Martha Linscott, Kansas City, Mo. - 42-46—88
Lisa Cook, Noblesville, Ind. - 41-47—88
Julie McMullin, Park City, Utah - 40-48—88
Olivia Slutzky, Newport Beach, Calif. - 45-43—88
Lisa Higgins, Zionsville, Ind. - 44-45—89
Laurie White, Carmel, N.Y. - 44-45—89
Andrea Kosa, Canada - 43-46—89
Ann Kuhn, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. - 43-46—89
Kara Salava, North St. Paul, Minn. - 44-45—89
Elizabeth Corcoran, Boston, Mass. - 44-45—89
Denise Callahan, Canton, Ohio - 47-43—90
Rheba Mabie, Wausau, Wis. - 43-47—90
Renata Young, Canada - 43-48—91
Diane Irvin, Pacific Palisades, Calif. - 46-45—91
Kristen Obush, Greensburg, Pa. - 46-45—91
Lisa Judge, Maui, Hawaii - 46-45—91
Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. - 45-47—92
Eden Anderson, Oakland, Calif. - 46-46—92
Karen Williams, Bean Station, Tenn. - 50-42—92
Carol Turnage, Anna, Texas - 44-48—92
Donna Young, Ewing, N.J. - 47-45—92
Michelle Murphy, Norwalk, Conn. - 45-48—93
Janie Carpenter, Garland, Texas - 43-50—93
Kay Tyler, Bethesda, Md. - 44-49—93
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas - 45-48—93
Tatiana Gammicchia, Russia - 44-50—94
Katie Cox, Alexandria, Va. - 50-44—94
Linda Edelstein, Temecula, Calif. - 49-45—94
Carol Martin, Irving, Texas - 46-49—95
Sue O'Connor, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 48-47—95
Jaclyn Laboi, Branson, Mo. - 50-45—95
Janet Yoder, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 56-49—105
Annette Sieben, Albuquerque, N.M. - 52-54—106
Sally Lawrence, Englewood, Colo. - 51-56—107
Nancy Beck, Dallas, Texas - WD-WD—WD

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