Meet The 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Quarterfinalists


By Rhonda Glenn, USGA
September 11, 2012

Lecia Alexander, 54, Stafford, Texas

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-and-4 victory over Robin W. Donnelley… this is her third USGA Senior Women’s Amateur… Played in eight U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs… won 2001 Houston Women’s Amateur… won 2009 and 2010 Houston Women’s Senior Amateurs… 16-time club champion at Riverbend Country Club…named to the 2012 Texas Cup team…graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1980…self-employed Certified Public Accountant…husband Scott…lowest score was a 69 in the Houston Women’s Amateur…began playing at the age of 20 and is self-taught, taking only one golf lesson in her career…retired her favorite putter after 30 years…Has had four holes-in-one…Born March 25, 1958, in Sardis, Miss.

Carolyn Creekmore, 60, Dallas, Texas

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Leigh Klasse…graduated from Arizona State in 1974…won 2004 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur…quarterfinalist in 1997 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur…won 2009 Jones-Doherty Women’s Senior…won 2006 North & South Senior Women’s Amateur..won 2006 Texas Women’s Open…won Women’s Texas Senior Amateur four times…1997 Women’s Texas Amateur champion…runner-up in 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur…runner-up in 2004 Women’s Southern Amateur…three-time runner-up in Women’s International Four-Ball…reinstated as amateur in 1984…member of Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame…grandfather Steve Creekmore Sr., was undefeated quarterback at University of Arkansas…Born May 19, 1952, in Fort Smith, Ark.

Jane Fitzgerald, 50, Kensington, Md.

Advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Taffy Brower on the 19th hole…graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1983…is a buyer/operations manager at the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland…Quarterfinalist in 2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur…Played for Maryland in the 1995 USGA Women’s State Team Championship…Qualified for 1982 U.S. Women’s Open…Five-time Maryland Women’s Amateur champion…two-time MVP on Penn State women’s golf team…husband Jim is golf professional at the Chevy Chase Club…two children, Kelly and James…uncle, Frank Abood, was a PGA professional…reinstated amateur…won Maryland State Women’s Open…Born Dec. 20, 1961, in Washington, D.C.

Julie Harrison, 52, Baton Rouge, La.

Advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Robyn Puckett, 2 and 1…earned her B.S. in education from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree at the University of Texas…homemaker…husband Britt was a three-time All-America golfer at Oklahoma State and coached men’s golf team at Louisiana State University…played on Louisiana team in USGA Women’s State Team Championship five times…won 2004 Louisiana Women’s Amateur…runner-up in Louisiana Women’s Amateur six times…won 2009 Louisiana Women’s Mid-Amateur…won 2011 Louisiana Senior Women’s Amateur…has had seven holes-in-one…was a disc-jockey while in college…began playing golf after college…Born May 12, 1960, in Ellinwood, Kan.

Joan Higgins, 56, Glendora, Calif.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 19-hole victory over Marianne Towersey…2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion…quarterfinalist in 2008 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur…graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 and was on the school’s tennis team in 1977-78…has won California Women’s Tournament of Champions three times…numerous Women’s Southern California Golf Association championships…played for Glendora Country Club in Thailand in 2006 TV Team championship…member of Glendora, Calif., Hall of Fame…Little League board of directors for 10 years…husband Tom, and two children, Brian and Kevin…Born Aug. 10, 1956, in Chicago, Ill.

Brenda Pictor, 57, Marietta, Ga.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-and-3 victory over Laura Algiero…First Senior Women’s Amateur was in 2006…Semifinalist in 2009 Senior Women’s Amateur…Won 2012 North & South Senior Women’s Amateur…Won Georgia Senior Women’s Amateur in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011…Georgia Senior Matchplay champion in 2011…1994 Georgia Women’s Amateur champion…Missed cut in 1984 U.S. Women’s Open…Shot score of 59 in a couples tournament in Carrollton, Ga., in 2009…Won Georgia State Golf Association Tommy Barnes Award in 2010 and 2011…Has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi University for Women…Works in commercial real estate…Didn’t begin playing until the age of 20…Married to Brad Pictor with two children, Betsy and Drane…Born Aug. 19, 1955, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Ellen Port, 50, St. Louis, Mo.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-and-5 victory over Susan Rheney…Four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion has won in three different decades (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011)…Runner-up in 2002 Women’s Mid-Amateur…1994 Women’s Trans-National champion…Won Missouri Women’s Amateur eight times, including last year’s title…St. Louis Metropolitan champion 13 times, most recently in 2010…Member of USA Curtis Cup Team in 1994 and ’96 and has a 4-2 record…inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame this year…Playing in first USGA Senior Women’s Amateur…With husband Andy has two children, Drew and Katie…Graduate of University of Missouri…teacher/coach at John Burroughs School in St. Louis…Born Sept. 21, 1961, in North Kansas City, Mo.

Lisa Schlesinger, 54, Layton, Md.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Anna Schultz…graduated from University of Maryland in 1979…in real estate sales and property management…reached third round of 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur…semifinalist in 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, losing to eventual champion Terri Frohnmayer in 20 holes…played for Maryland in USGA Women’s State Team championship…began playing golf at the age of 35…2008, 2009 Maryland Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion…member of the Washington, D.C., Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame…member of Greater Washington, D.C., Jewish Sports Hall of Fame…played in the pro-am competition for the PGA Tour’s 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic after winning Chrysler Club Championship…Born Jan. 16, 1958, in Washington, D.C.

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