Pictor Takes Medalist Honors At 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur


Leigh Klasse faced a multitude of weather conditions during stroke play at the Women's Mid-Amateur. (Chris Keane/USGA)
By Christina Lance, USGA
September 19, 2011

Virginia Beach, Va. – Brenda Pictor’s two-day total of 2-over 146 earned her medalist honors 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.

Following an extended weather delay on Saturday, the second round of stroke-play qualifying was completed Monday afternoon.

Pictor, 56, of Marietta, Ga., was among 42 players who finished their second rounds on Sunday. For Pictor, who did not begin her first round in Saturday’s storm, the delay meant 36 grueling holes of golf amid 30 mile-per-hour gusts and periodic bursts of rain.

“It’s a long day and I’m a senior, if you will,” said Pictor, a commercial realtor who advanced to the round of 16 at last week’s USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. “That’s a long walk. When you’re playing well, you’ve always got a little more adrenaline, a little more energy.”

Pictor’s steady opening round of even-par 72 set her atop the leader board going into Sunday afternoon. However, her second round did not start out as well as her first, with three bogeys over her first seven holes dropping her into an early deficit.

“I just stayed in the moment and didn’t get ahead of myself,” said Pictor, the runner-up at the 2011 North & South Senior Women’s Amateur. “If I made bogey, I didn’t worry about it because conditions were tough.”

The conditions certainly did not seem to get under her skin. Pictor recorded three birdies to go with two bogeys over her final nine holes, including an 80-yard approach to the par-5 18th that she stuck to 1 foot for birdie.

“It was lot of fun to be able to get that last one to get (my inward nine) back under par,” said Pictor, who credited her husband/caddie, Brad, with keeping her calm throughout the demanding test.

Leigh Klasse, 51, of St. Anthony, Minn., played her entire second round on Monday, with sunny conditions that were diametrically opposed to Saturday’s gloom. While she was in contention for her second USGA stroke-play medal following her first-round 74, Klasse, who works in the life insurance industry, was more than content with her 4-over 148.

“I was just thinking about making pars,” said Klasse, who won the stroke-play medal at the 2010 Senior Women’s Amateur. “I had some good chances for birdies, but I didn’t make anything. Hopefully I’m saving them for this afternoon.”

Tara Joy-Connelly, 38, of Pembroke, Mass., shot consecutive rounds of 38-36—74 to tie with Klasse for second. Her two birdies on the par-4, 394-yard 17th were the only two in stroke play on the hole, which played as the third hardest on the course.

“Apparently I’m the only one who likes No. 17,” said Joy-Connelly, a reinstated amateur who has represented her home state in six USGA Women’s State Team Championships. “That hole just sets up nicely for my eye, I guess.”

Three players carded 5-over 149 to tie for fourth: Dawn Woodard, 37, of Greer, S.C.; Jennifer Lucas, 30, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and 1998 Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Virginia Grimes, 47, of Meridian, Miss.

Defending champion Meghan Stasi, 33, of Oakland Park, Fla., advanced with a 10-over 154 and continued her bid for a record fourth Women’s Mid-Amateur title. Also advancing was 2010 runner-up and Virginia Beach native Carol Robertson, 28, who carded an 8-over 152. Robertson will immediately face a tough test, as she will meet 2010 Senior Women’s Amateur champion Mina Hardin, 51, of Fort Worth, Texas, in the first round of match play.

Three other Women’s Mid-Amateur champions advanced to match play: Martha Leach, 49, of Hebron, Ky. (8-over 152); Ellen Port, 49, of St. Louis, Mo. (17-over 161); and Corey Weworski, 49, of Carlsbad, Calif. (10-over 160).

Also advancing were the immediate past and future USA Curtis Cup Team captains. Noreen Mohler, 57, of Bethlehem, Pa., directed the 2010 USA Team to victory at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., while Patricia Cornett, 57, of Mills Valley, Calif., will lead the 2012 squad at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. Cornett was the runner-up at the inaugural Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1987.

Carolyn Creekmore, 50, of Dallas, Texas, the 2004 Senior Women’s Amateur champion, survived a six-person playoff for the final match-play berth and will face Pictor in the first round.

Notables to miss the cut were past Women’s Mid-Amateur champions Amber Marsh Elliott, who was eliminated in the playoff, and Martha Lang, the chairman of the USGA’s Women’s Committee.

The first round of match play is scheduled for 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.  

Results 

Virginia Beach, Va. – Results following the conclusion of the second round of stroke play Monday afternoon at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at the par-72, 6,187-yard Bayville Golf Club (* = in a playoff): 

Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 72-74—146
Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. - 74-74—148
Tara Joy-Connelly, Pembroke, Mass. - 74-74—148
Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. - 79-70—149
Jennifer Lucas, Knoxville, Tenn. - 75-74—149
Virginia Grimes, Meridian, Miss. - 73-76—149
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 82-70—152
Carol Robertson, Virginia Beach, Va. - 75-77—152
Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. - 77-76—153
Amanda Pettit, Irving, Texas - 77-76—153
Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. - 76-77—153
Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. - 77-77—154
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. - 77-77—154
Kerry Postillion, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 78-76—154
Patti Hogeboom, Canada - 77-78—155
Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. - 76-79—155
Wendi Golden, Bradenton, Fla. - 77-78—155
Christy Larrimore, Baltimore, Md. - 75-80—155
Jordan Craig, Connellsville, Pa. - 83-73—156
Helene Beat, Sylvania, Ohio - 81-75—156
Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 78-78—156
Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. - 82-75—157
Stefani Markovich, Canada - 79-78—157
Liisa Kelo Escartin, Mexico - 79-78—157
Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. - 78-80—158
Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio - 76-82—158
Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas - 82-77—159
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka - 81-78—159
Sharon Park, Irvine, Calif. - 79-80—159
Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 79-80—159
Paige Bromen, Stillwater, Minn. - 81-78—159
Janet Moore, Greenwood Village, Colo. - 80-79—159
Rylee Plitz, Canada - 83-77—160
Shirley Trier, Hartville, Ohio - 83-77—160
Cissye Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. - 83-77—160
Reana Yun, Glendale, Calif. - 81-79—160
Joan Garety, Ada, Mich. - 77-83—160
Julie Harrison, Baton Rouge, La. - 79-81—160
Akemi Khaiat, Japan - 81-79—160
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. - 79-81—160
Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. - 84-77—161
Ashley Slavich, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 80-81—161
Jill Johnson, Tulsa, Okla. - 81-80—161
Anna Morales, Austin, Texas - 77-84—161
Alexandra Frazier, Conshohocken, Pa. - 82-80—162
Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 84-78—162
Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas - 83-79—162
Shawn Farmer, Bellevue, Wash. - 76-86—162
Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill. - 85-78—163
Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. - 79-84—163
Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. - 79-84—163
Annette Gaiotti, Holladay, Utah - 82-82—164
Staci Creech, Chapel Hill, N.C. - 82-82—164
Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 84-80—164
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 87-77—164
Ann Lahey, La Quinta, Calif. - 78-86—164
Mina Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas - 78-86—164
Judith Allan-Kyrinis, Canada - 83-82—165
Meredith Chiampa, New York, N.Y. - 86-79—165
Deby Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 85-80—165
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis. - 85-80—165
Amy Suleiman, North Olmsted, Ohio - 83-82—165
Robin Burke, Houston, Texas - 81-84—165
Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 84-82—166*

Did Not Advance 

Amber Marsh Elliott, Greensboro, N.C. - 82-84—166*
Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. - 84-82—166*
Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 82-84—166*
Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 83-83—166*
Mickey Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - 80-86—166*
Katie O'Donnell, Mount Prospect, Ill. - 82-85—167
Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. - 82-85—167
Angela Stewart, Greenville, N.C. - 84-83—167
Renata Young, Canada - 91-77—168
Teri Gangi-Helder, Monte Sereno, Calif. - 85-83—168
Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. - 92-77—169
Frances Gacos, Flemington, N.J. - 88-81—169
Kimberly Noonan, Austin, Texas - 88-81—169
Martha Linscott, Kansas City, Mo. - 88-81—169
Jennifer Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas - 86-83—169
Kim Briele, New Bern, N.C. - 85-84—169
Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 85-84—169
Laurie White, Carmel, N.Y. - 89-81—170
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. - 84-86—170
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas - 85-85—170
Lisa Cook, Noblesville, Ind. - 88-82—170
Evelyne Lussier, Canada - 85-85—170
Debra Mielke, McKinney, Texas - 82-88—170
Michele Bennett, Santa Barbara, Calif. - 82-88—170
Shannon Lutynski, Castle Rock, Colo. - 83-87—170
Rheba Mabie, Wausau, Wis. - 90-80—170
Maren Scoggins, Denver, Colo. - 82-88—170
Martha Lang, Birmingham, Ala. - 87-84—171
Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 87-84—171
Kristen Obush, Greensburg, Pa. - 91-80—171
Karen Veriato, San Marcos, Texas - 86-85—171
Andrea Kosa, Canada - 89-83—172
Diane Irvin, Pacific Palisades, Calif. - 91-81—172
Olivia Slutzky, Newport Beach, Calif. - 88-84—172
Mary Cabriele, Vienna, Va. - 85-88—173
Lynn Simmons, Phoenix, Ariz. - 86-87—173
Sarah Phillips-Durst, Tallahassee, Fla. - 86-87—173
Cindy Morris, Portsmouth, Va. - 86-87—173
Eden Anderson, Oakland, Calif. - 92-82—174
Janie Carpenter, Garland, Texas - 93-81—174
Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 87-87—174
Julie McMullin, Park City, Utah - 88-86—174
Angela Collins, Glendale, Calif. - 85-89—174
Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho - 85-89—174
Lisa Higgins, Zionsville, Ind. - 89-87—176
Carol Martin, Irving, Texas - 95-81—176
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas - 93-83—176
Tatiana Gammicchia, Russia - 94-84—178
Linda Edelstein, Temecula, Calif. - 94-84—178
Michelle Murphy, Norwalk, Conn. - 93-86—179
Denise Callahan, Canton, Ohio - 90-89—179
Katie Cox, Alexandria, Va. - 94-85—179
Carol Turnage, Anna, Texas - 92-88—180
Elizabeth Corcoran, Boston, Mass. - 89-91—180
Ann Kuhn, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. - 89-92—181
Karen Williams, Bean Station, Tenn. - 92-90—182
Donna Young, Ewing, N.J. - 92-90—182
Kara Salava, North St. Paul, Minn. - 89-93—182
Jaclyn Laboi, Branson, Mo. - 95-87—182
Kay Tyler, Bethesda, Md. - 93-90—183
Sue O'Connor, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 95-89—184
Kim Dickerson, Palatine, Ill. - 84-100—184
Lisa Judge, Maui, Hawaii - 91-94—185
Annette Sieben, Albuquerque, N.M. - 106-88—194
Janet Yoder, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 105-90—195
Sally Lawrence, Englewood, Colo. - 107-94—201
Cynthia Navis, Point Clear, Ala. - 86-WD—WD

Pairings 

Virginia Beach, Va. – Pairings for Monday’s first round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at the par-72, 6,187-yard Bayville Golf Club: 

Upper Bracket 

4:28 p.m.: Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. (146) vs. Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas (166)
2:40 p.m.: Janet Moore, Greenwood Village, Colo. (159) vs. Rylee Plitz, Canada (160)
2:49 p.m.: Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (155) vs. Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill. (163)
2:58 p.m.: Wendi Golden, Bradenton, Fla. (155) vs. Shawn Farmer, Bellevue, Wash. (162)
3:07 p.m.: Carol Robertson, Virginia Beach, Va. (152) vs. Mina Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas (164)
3:16 p.m.: Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. (158) vs. Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (160)
3:25 p.m.: Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. (153) vs. Ann Lahey, La Quinta, Calif. (164)
3:34 p.m.: Liisa Kelo Escartin, Mexico (157) vs. Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. (161)
3:43 p.m.: Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. (149) vs. Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis. (165)
3:52 p.m.: Sharon Park, Irvine, Calif. (159) vs. Reana Yun, Glendale, Calif. (160)
4:01 p.m.: Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. (154) vs. Annette Gaiotti, Holladay, Utah (164)
4:10 p.m.: Helene Beat, Sylvania, Ohio (156) vs. Alexandra Frazier, Conshohocken, Pa. (162)
4:19 p.m.: Jennifer Lucas, Knoxville, Tenn. (149) vs. Deby Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (165)
4:37 p.m.: Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka (159) vs. Joan Garety, Ada, Mich. (160)
4:46 p.m.: Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. (154) vs. Staci Creech, Chapel Hill, N.C. (164)
4:55 p.m.: Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. (156) vs. Anna Morales, Austin, Texas (161)

Lower Bracket 

5:04 p.m.: Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. (148) vs. Robin Burke, Houston, Texas (165)
5:13 p.m.: Paige Bromen, Stillwater, Minn. (159) vs. Shirley Trier, Hartville, Ohio (160)
5:22 p.m.: Patti Hogeboom, Canada (155) vs. Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. (163)
5:31 p.m.: Christy Larrimore, Baltimore, Md. (155) vs. Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas (162)
5:40 p.m.: Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (152) vs. Judith Allan-Kyrinis, Canada (165)
5:49 p.m.: Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio (158) vs. Akemi Khaiat, Japan (160)
5:58 p.m.: Amanda Pettit, Irving, Texas (153) vs. Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. (164)
6:07 p.m.: Stefani Markovich, Canada (157) vs. Ashley Slavich, Oklahoma City, Okla. (161)
6:16 p.m.: Tara Joy-Connelly, Pembroke, Mass. (148) vs. Amy Suleiman, North Olmsted, Ohio (165)
6:25 p.m.: Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. (159) vs. Cissye Gallagher, Greenwood, Miss. (160)
6:34 p.m.: Kerry Postillion, Scottsdale, Ariz. (154) vs. Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. (163)
6:43 p.m.: Jordan Craig, Connellsville, Pa. (156) vs. Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. (162)
6:52 p.m.: Virginia Grimes, Meridian, Miss. (149) vs. Meredith Chiampa, New York, N.Y. (165)
7:01 p.m.: Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas (159) vs. Julie Harrison, Baton Rouge, La. (160)
7:10 p.m.: Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. (153) vs. Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. (164)
7:19 p.m.: Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. (157) vs. Jill Johnson, Tulsa, Okla. (161)
 

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