Storylines For 2012 Women's Mid-Amateur


By Michael Trostel, USGA
October 4, 2012

Youngest Player: Troy Mullins, 25, of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Oldest Player: Anne Sander, 75, of Pauma Valley, Calif.

States Represented (31): Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington

Most Represented by State: California (23), Texas (23), Florida (7), North Carolina (5), Arizona (5), Pennsylvania (5)

Countries Represented (5): Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, United States

Most Times Qualified for Women’s Mid-Amateur (24): Martha Leach, 50, Hebron, Ky.

Most Times Qualified for USGA Championships (99): Anne Sander, 75, of Pauma Valley, Calif.

USGA Champions in the field (12): Carolyn Creekmore (2004 Senior Women’s Amateur), Robin Donnelley (1989 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Mina Hardin (2010 Senior Women’s Amateur), Joan Higgins (2008 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Diane Lang (2005, 2006, 2008 Senior Women’s Amateur), Martha Leach (2009 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Amber Marsh Elliott (2003 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur; 2012 Senior Women’s Amateur), Anne Sander (1958, 1961, 1963 Women’s Amateur; 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993 Senior Women’s Amateur), Anna Schultz (2007 Senior Women’s Amateur), Megan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Corey Weworski (2004 Women’s Mid-Amateur)

USA Curtis Cup Team Members (7): Robin Burke (1998), Brenda Corrie Kuehn (1996, 1998), Noreen Mohler (1978; Captain in 2010), Ellen Port (1994, 1996), Anne Sander (1958, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1984, 1990), Megan Stasi (2008), Robin Donnelley (1990, 1992, 2000)

Players Competing in First Women’s Mid-Amateur: 48

Players Competing in First USGA Championship: 27

Average Age of Field: 44.6

Individual Tidbits on Players in the Field:

Debbie Adams, 45, of Ashville, N.C., is a second degree black belt in karate and first degree black belt in kubudo.

Mary Armstrong, 60, of Las Cruces, N.M., is a golf course architect who has worked on more than 100 courses in her career. She serves as the Executive Director of the Rio Grande Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Marcy Austin, 48, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was featured on the cover of a Japanese golf magazine in July 1985 as she was preparing to play on the Japan Tour. Her husband was the bass player for Spiral Starecase, a band that had a "number one" single, “More Today Than Yesterday.” She was also a stage actress who performed in the Los Angeles area from 1997 to 2001.

Kim Briele, 51, of New Bern, N.C., participated in the 1980 Olympic Basketball Trials. She was drafted to play professional softball and worked as a sports reporter for five years. She was also a semi-finalist for Golf Channel’s “Big Break” twice.

Robin Burke, 50, Houston, Texas, lost a putting contest to her husband, Jack, when the couple first met – Jack used his shoe while Robin used her putter. Jack won the 1956 Masters and 1956 PGA Championship.

Julie Carmichael, 48, of Plainfield, Ind., is a part-time faculty member of the Indiana University School of Medicine. She and her father own the Martinsville (Ind.) Golf Club and are the only parent-and-child duo to have been inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.

Meg Christenson, 45, of Houston, Texas, met her husband, Cecil, when he saved her step-father’s life in 1997. After the four-month hospital stay, she decided to call Dr. Christensen and ask him to dinner – he said yes and they ended up getting married.

Debra Clauson, 50, of San Diego, Calif., is a black belt in martial arts and teaches the skill to 3-to-5- year olds.

Laura Coble, 48, of Augusta, Ga., participated in a mission trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in May 2011 to help with a tornado clean-up. She was a member of the Women's State Team from Georgia that won in 2005, 2009, 2011, and was the Women’s Mid-Am runner-up in 2009.

Angie Whitley Coleman, 48, of New Castle, Del., competed in a Miss Collegiate Black America as a senior at Fisk University. On the way to the pageant in Miami, she jokingly made a comment that included the word “bomb” and was pulled out of line and questioned for hours by airport authorities.

Brooke Cooper, 35, of New York, N.Y., was a four-time All-American squash player at Harvard and was a member of the 2000-01 national championship team.

Lynne Cowan, 49, of Davis, Calif., has had ankylosing spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis, since she was 18. Golf helps to keep her active and limber.

Carolyn Creekmore, 60, of Dallas, Texas, plays golf frequently with President George W. Bush at Brook Hollow Country Club in Dallas. Her grandfather, Steve Creekmore, Sr., was the first undefeated quarterback in the history of the University of Arkansas football.

Daria Cummings, 36, of Monroe, Conn., came in third place in the 2000 World Long Drive Championship.

Sue Davis, 53, of La Quinta, Calif., was the lead greens mower during the 2012 U.S. Amateur at CommonGround Golf Course, the companion course to Cherry Hills Country Club. When she was 30, she moved to Colorado and worked as a professional ski instructor for 18 years before a serious neck, spinal cord and shoulder injury ended her skiing career. She had eight surgeries in two years to repair the damage.

Tara Fleming, 45, from Jersey City, N.J., won the Mary Bea Porter Award in 1994 for helping to save the life of a heart attack victim, Raymond Henzler, during the Jamie Farr Classic in Toledo, Ohio.

Karen Garcia, 50, of Cool, Calif., works as a high school councilor and has served as the coach for softball, basketball and golf teams for most of her 25 years in education. Both she and her husband are fraternal twins.

Wendi Golden, 37, of Bradenton, Fla., is the executive director of the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association. Her husband is an ordained minister and tennis pro.

Mina Hardin, 52, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the first Mexican-born golfer to win a USGA championship. Her husband, Gary, qualified for match play at last week’s USGA Senior Amateur.

Tobi Herron, 34, of Columbus, Ind., recently gave birth to a baby boy in December 2011.

Mary Jane Hiestand, 53, of Naples, Fla., made a hole-in-one on Father's Day 2007 at her home course, Hideout Golf Club, near a memorial tree dedicated to her father who passed away in 2004. It was her ninth hole-in-one, surpassing her father’s family record of eight.

Joan Higgins, 56, of Glendora, Calif., played tennis for the University of Wisconsin from 1974 to 1978.

Mercedes Huarte, 26, of Duluth, Ga., moved to the United States from Argentina at age 18 to play college golf at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University. Her husband was in the 82nd Airborne (Infantry) in Afghanistan.

Jill Johnson, 48, of Tulsa, Okla., has an identical twin who is left-handed and does not play golf. But the one time they played together, her sister made a hole-in-one.

Akemi Khaiat, 49, of Los Angeles, speaks Japanese, French and English fluently.

Andrea Kraus, 52, of Baltimore, Md., made a hole-in-one within 24 hours of giving birth to her oldest son. She made an ace one evening and went into labor with her son, Matthew, who weighed nearly 10 pounds the next morning. She also played against Se Ri Pak at the 1995 U.S. Women's Amateur.

Brenda Kuehn, 47, of Ashville, N.C., played in the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open eight months pregnant with her daughter. She gave birth one week after the conclusion of the championship.

Pamela Kuong, 51, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., has coached 18 swimmers who qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials.

Diane Lang, 57, of Weston, Fla., was a top-ranked tennis player in Jamaica and participated in the Davis Cup. She was also a member of the first golf team at Florida Atlantic University and was in second place after the first round of the 1985 U.S. Women’s Open.

Martha Leach, 50, of Hebron, Ky., introduced sister, Hollis Stacy, at the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Hollis is a six-time USGA champion.

Jessica Luciuk, 37, of Canada, participates in a ladies curling league in the winter.

Carol Martin, 44, of Irving, Texas, played Division I tennis at Syracuse.

Julie McMullin, 45, of Park City, Utah, is the co-founder of the "Playing for Life" foundation that has helped raise more than $200,000 for breast cancer research.

Carly McNaughton, 28, of Canada, was captain of the Colgate University women's ice hockey team. In 2004 she had abdominal surgery to remove an infection, during which she had three blood transfusions, needed to be revived twice and was in the hospital for 11 days.

Noreen Mohler, 58, of Bethlehem, Pa., gave up golf for 20 years to raise a family and operate three restaurants. A lifelong Red Sox fan, she threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park in 2010, the year she captained the victorious USA Curtis Cup Team at Essex County Club in suburban Boston.

Janet Moore, 48, of Greenwood Village, Colo., is women's golf coach at Wheaton (Ill.) College. Her husband, Kent, is the men's golf coach at Wheaton. Their family won three Colorado state golf titles in a 10-month span in 2008-2009.

Troy Mullins, 25, of Beverly Hills, Calif., only started playing golf in 2009. She was a heptathalete, competing in seven track and field events while studying at Cornell and is fluent in Chinese, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Lucy Nunn, 25, of Lexington, Ky., is the assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Kentucky.

Sue O’Connor, 55, of Scottsdale, Az., cycled more than 4,600 miles across the United States to raise funds for The American Lung Association in 1985. She was also a ski instructor and once had Clint Eastwood as a student.

Tanya Olson, 37, of Naperville, Ill., is training for this November’s New York City Marathon.

Mary Petrovich, 49, of West Bloomfield, Mich., is Director of the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation. She was captain of the University of Michigan softball team in 1985 and was voted one of the “Top 100 Women in Business” by Crain’s in 1996.

Brenda Pictor, 57, of Marietta, Ga., shot a 59 in a tournament in 2009.

Christina Proteau, 29, of Canada, works as a prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice in British Columbia. She is a three-time Canadian Mid-Amateur champion.

Liz Repking, 44, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., has run in four Boston Marathons.

Collette Rosenberg, 51, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., has won the women's club championship at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles 12 times. The club will host the 2017 U.S. Amateur.

Lisa Schlesinger, 54, of Laytonsville, Md., has two sisters-in-law also named Lisa, making three Lisa Schlesingers in her family.

Anna Schultz, 57, of Rockwall, Texas, had parents that were born in Poland and were in concentration camps during World War II. They both survived and immigrated to the United States. Her father started his own business which is currently being run by her brother.

Suzi Spotleson, 45, of Canton, Ohio, studied at Northwestern University on a softball scholarship and played in the 1990 College World Series.

Marlene Summers, 58, of Montgomery, Texas, qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in her first round back after being completely bedridden for five months because of a rare autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys all muscle tissue throughout the body. She also started a non-profit organization in 2005 that has shipped more than 115,000 chocolate chip cookies, cards and letters to troops serving overseas.

Carol Turnage, 49, of Anna, Texas, is a bee charmer and beekeeper.

Heidi Ushijima, 39, of Hillsborough, Calif., wrote a monthly column for a Japanese golf magazine from 2007 to 2012 examining differences in language and culture between the United States and Japan, specifically pertaining to golf. Her husband, Nick, qualified for U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2012. They both played in national championships in Japan from 2008 to 2010.

Lea Venable, 40, of Simpsonville, S.C., tore her ACL in June and will be playing through the injury during this year’s championship. She is scheduled to undergo surgery after the Mid-Am.

Liz Waynick, 52, of Scottsdale, Az., played against Nancy Lopez in the third round of the 1976 U.S. Women’s Amateur as a 16 year old.

Brenda Williams, 52, of Minnetrista, Minn., created the logo for Erin Hills, which hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur and will host the 2017 U.S. Open.

Debra Woolf, 54, of Fort Worth, Texas, has served on a medical mission to Guatemala for the last eight years.

 

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