Storylines For 2013 USGA Senior Women's Amateur


By USGA
September 18, 2013

WHO’S HERE – Among the 132 golfers in the 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur field, there are:

Oldest Competitors: Marlene Stewart Streit (79, born 3-9-34), Taffy Brower (68, born 10-15-44), Kathleen Westlund (68, born 7-12-45)

Youngest Competitors: Julie Massa (50, born 8-31-63), Akemi Khaiat (50, born 6-29-63), Karen Hoppe (50, born 5-24-63), Marie-Therese Torti (50, born 4-17-63), Beth Cleckler (50, born 4-13-63)

Average Age of Field: 55.85

USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champions (9): Carolyn Creekmore (2004), Terri Frohnmayer (2011), Mina Hardin (2010), Sherry Herman (2009), Diane Lang (2005, 2006, 2008), Ellen Port (2012), Anna Schultz (2007), Marlene Stewart Streit (1985, 1994, 2003), Carol Semple Thompson (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)

Total Senior Women’s Amateurs Won By 2013 Championship Field (16): Carolyn Creekmore (1), Terri Frohnmayer (1), Mina Hardin (1), Sherry Herman (1), Diane Lang (3), Ellen Port (1), Anna Schultz (1), Marlene Stewart Streit (3), Carol Semple Thompson (4)

USGA champions (15): Peggy Brady (1968 Girls’ Junior), Mary Budke (1972 Women’s Amateur), Carolyn Creekmore (2004 Senior Women’s Amateur), Terri Frohnmayer (2011 Senior Women’s Amateur), Mina Hardin (2010 Senior Women’s Amateur), Mary Ann Hayward (2005 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Sherry Herman (2009 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), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2012 Senior Women’s Amateur), Anna Schultz (2007 Senior Women’s Amateur), Marlene Stewart Streit (1956 Women’s Amateur, 1985, 1994, 2003 Senior Women’s Amateur), Carol Semple Thompson (1973 Women’s Amateur, 1990, 1997 Women’s Mid-Amateur, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Senior Women’s Amateur), Corey Weworski (2004 Women’s Mid-Amateur)

USGA Runners-Up (12): Patricia Cornett (1987 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Carolyn Creekmore (2009 Senior Women’s Amateur), Jane Fitzgerald (2012 Senior Women’s Amateur), Alexandra Frazier (2010 Senior Women’s Amateur), Mina Hardin (2001 Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2011 Senior Women’s Amateur), Martha Leach (2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Sue Nyhus (1999 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links), Ellen Port (2002 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Anna Schultz (2000 Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2006 Senior Women’s Amateur), Marlene Stewart Streit (1966 Women’s Amateur, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996 Senior Women’s Amateur), Carol Semple Thompson (1974 Women’s Amateur, 1992 Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2005 Senior Women’s Amateur), Liz Waynick (2012 Women’s Mid-Amateur)

PLAYER NOTES:

Lecia Alexander, 55, of Stafford, Texas, was a semifinalist in the 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, losing to eventual champion Ellen Port, 6 and 4. This is her fifth Senior Women’s Amateur and she has previously competed in eight U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs.

Peggy Brady, 62, of Stanley, N.C., won the 1968 U.S. Girls’ Junior as Margaret Harmon. She is a member of the Vanderbilt University Hall of Fame. She and her daughter, Chris, are the only mother-daughter All-Americans in school history. Brady won the 2013 North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur.

Taffy Brower, 68, of Boynton Beach, Fla., is competing in her 18th Senior Women’s Amateur and 47th USGA championship. Brower has reached the Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals three times and has advanced to match play every year she has played since the championship changed from stroke play in 1997. Brower won the 2013 Women’s Golf Association of Western New York Championship.

Mary Budke, 59, of Palm Springs, Calif., a retired emergency medicine physician, won the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur, played on the 1974 USA Curtis Cup Team and was captain of the 2002 Curtis Cup Team. She qualified for match play at last year’s Senior Women’s Amateur.

Helene Chartrand, 57, of Canada, won the 2012 Quebec Mid-Amateur championship and placed second at the 2012 Canadian Women’s Senior Amateur. She was first on the 2011 Quebec Amateur Order of Merit and was named the 2011 Quebec Amateur Player of the Year.

Teresa Cleland, 54, of Syracuse, N.Y., is playing in her fifth USGA Senior Women’s Amateur; last year she qualified for match play. Cleland is a three-time New York State Mid-Amateur Champion (2011, ’12, ’13) and a two-time New York State Senior Amateur Champion (2009, ’10).

Lisa Cobler, 55, of Pleasanton, Calif., is competing in her first USGA Senior Women’s Amateur and her ninth USGA championship. She was a quarterfinalist in the 1974 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Cobler is a member of Suhaila Salimpour’s belly dance rap ensemble.

Patricia Cornett, 59, of Mill Valley, Calif., is competing in her 60th USGA championship. She was the runner-up in the 1987 U.S. Mid-Amateur and advanced to the semifinals in 1992 and 1999. She was also a semifinalist in the 1976 and 1992 U.S. Women’s Amateurs and a quarterfinalist in the 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. Cornett played on the 1978 and 1988 Curtis Cup Teams and captained the 2012 Team.

Lynne Cowan, 50, of Rocklin, Calif., won the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California’s match play, stroke play, and Champion of Champions tournament in 2011, becoming the only player to win all three events in a single year. Cowan is also a four-time California Women’s Amateur champion and has represented California in the USGA Women’s State Team championship in 2001, 2011 and 2013.

Carolyn Creekmore, 61, of Dallas, won the 2004 USGA Women’s Senior Amateur and was the runner-up in 2009. She advanced to the quarterfinals last year, losing to eventual champion Ellen Port, 1 up. She is a 2010 inductee to the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame. Her grandfather, Steve, is a member of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame as a quarterback and golfer.

Amy Dickison, 53, of Rowley, Mass., played collegiate ice hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and attended the USA vs. Russia semifinal at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, also known as the “Miracle on Ice.” She is also a competitive runner who completed the 2012 Boston Marathon. This is her eighth USGA championship.

Kim Eaton, 54, of Tempe, Ariz., reached the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals in 2009 and 2011, and the second round last year. A retired City of Evans police officer, she is a member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. In 2013, Eaton won the California Senior Women’s Amateur, the Arizona Women’s Senior Amateur Match Play, and the Colorado Senior Stroke Play and Match Play championships.

Alexandra Frazier, 55, of Conshohocken, Pa., was the 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up and advanced to the second round of match play last year. She serves as executive director of the Valentine Foundation, a Philadelphia-based group that provides funds to empower women and girls. Frazier also founded “Women Golfers Give Back,” which assists girls’ golf programs.

Debbie Friede, 53, of Washougal, Wash., played collegiate golf at Southern Methodist University and was a member of the school’s AIAW championship team in 1979. She played on the LPGA Tour for six years and became a reinstated amateur in 2005. Friede works in Kenya with a children’s home called Seeds in His Garden and volunteers with the First Tee Program of Greater Portland.

Terri Frohnmayer, 57, of Salem, Ore., won the 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. She was named the 2011 Oregon Golf Association Golfer of the Year and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Senior Women’s Player of the Year. Frohnmayer owns a commercial real estate company.

Annette Gaiotti, 60, of Holladay, Utah, was a semifinalist in the 2005 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, where she lost to eventual champion Diane Lang. She is a five-time Utah Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur champion (2003, ’04, ’06, ’09, ’12).

Joan Garety, 57, of Ada, Mich., has represented Michigan in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship seven times, and has won the Michigan Women’s Golf Association Championship seven times. She was chosen as the Golf Association of Michigan’s Women’s Player of the Decade (2000-10).

Mina Hardin, 53, of Fort Worth, Texas, won the 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur and was the runner-up in 2011. She advanced to the second round last year. A native of Mexico City, she is the first Mexican woman to win a USGA championship and was the first to play on the LPGA Tour in 1983.

Julie Harrison, 53, of Baton Rouge, La., was a quarterfinalist last year and is playing in her third consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. Her husband, Britt, is the former men’s golf coach at Louisiana State University and a three-time All-America player at Oklahoma State University.

Mary Ann Hayward, 53, of Canada, won the 2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and was a semifinalist in the 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. She represented Canada in the World Amateur Team Championships six consecutive times from 1990-2000, again in 2004 and 2006, and captained the team in 2008. Hayward is a three-time Canadian Women’s Senior champion (2010, ’11, ’13).

Sherry Herman, 55, of Jackson, N.J., won the 2009 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, defeating 2004 champion Carolyn Creekmore, 4 and 3. She was also a quarterfinalist at the 2010 Senior Women’s Amateur and a semifinalist at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1994 and 2001.

Joan Higgins, 57, of Glendora, Calif., won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She has served on the board of directors for the Glendora American Little League for more than a decade. Higgins played collegiate tennis at the University of Wisconsin.

Sherry Jackson, 59, of Las Vegas, was the 2006 Southern Nevada Amateur champion and a three-time Southern Nevada Senior Am champion (2006, ’11, ’12). She played collegiate softball and volleyball for the University of Arizona, and was named Arizona’s College Female Athlete of the Year in 1975.

Akemi Khaiat, 50, of Japan, is playing in her 17th USGA championship and her first USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. She was the runner-up in the Japan Golf Association’s 2013 Women’s Senior Championship and was the assistant captain for the Japanese team in the 1998 World Amateur Team Championships.

Pamela Kuong, 52, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., has won the New England Women’s Senior Amateur and the Massachusetts Amateur three consecutive times, from 2011-13 and 2008-10, respectively. She was also named the 2012 Massachusetts Women’s Player of the Year. Kuong also coaches swimming and has trained athletes in the Olympic Trials, as well as the 1993 U.S. Junior National team championships.

Diane Lang, 58, of Weston, Fla., is a three-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion (2005, ’06, ’08). She played on the first golf team at Florida Atlantic University and made the cut at the 1985 U.S. Women’s Open. Lang has dual citizenship in Jamaica and the U.S. Her father, Eddie Aris, was a tennis player who competed in the 1953 Davis Cup as a member of the Caribbean/West Indies team.

Martha Leach, 51, of Hebron, Ky., won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and was the runner-up in the 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur. Leach introduced her sister, six-time USGA champion Hollis Stacy, for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. This is her 45th USGA championship.

Jewell Malick, 64, of Rockwall, Texas, won the 2008 West Texas Golf Association Four-Ball Championship with partner Anna Schultz. Malick also caddied for Schultz when she won the 2007 USGA Women’s Senior Amateur. Malick played collegiate field hockey and lacrosse at Ursinus College and is an obstetrician. Malick served as a doctor in the Navy for five years, including four months in the Desert Storm campaign.

Helene Maxe, 54, of Sweden, won the 2013 European Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The victory granted her an exemption into this year’s USGA Senior Women’s Amateur.

Terri McAngus, 51, of Eagle River, Alaska, is the 2012 Alaska Senior and Alaska Stroke Play champion. A 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links competitor, McAngus was a three-sport athlete at Saint Mary’s University in Texas. An All-American in softball, she is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

Sue McMurdy, 57, of Indiana, Pa., is competing in her first USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. She was named the 2011 Chief Information Officer of the Year of Large Corporations by the Pittsburgh Tech Council and is the former president of the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association. McMurdy is a breast cancer survivor and chaired the Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association.

Patty Moore, 63, of Charlotte, N.C., was a 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur semifinalist and has represented North Carolina in six USGA Women’s State Team championships. She has been voted Carolinas Golf Association Senior Women’s Player of the Year seven times and has won 15 CGA championships. Moore is a member of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame.

Sue Nyhus, 50, of Orem, Utah, qualified for her first USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, completing her “personal grand slam.” She previously competed in the U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, and USGA Women’s State Team championships. A runner-up at the 1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, Nyhus is the head women’s golf coach at Utah Valley University.

Heidi Person, 52, of Pauma Valley, Calif., retired as a commander in the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office following 12 years with the U.S. National Parks Service and the California State Park Service. She is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy. Person also played on the Women’s European Tour and Women’s Asian Tour in the early 1990s, winning the Shooting Star award on the European Tour in 1994.

Mary Petrovich, 50, 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.

Ellen Port, 51, of St. Louis, won the 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, defeating Jane Fitzgerald, 4 and 3. She is also the only four-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. A teacher and golf coach at John Burroughs School, Port was recently inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. A two-time Curtis Cup Team member, she has won seven Missouri Women’s Golf Association state amateur titles. Port is a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, along with Bob Costas and Joe Torre, and will captain the USA Curtis Cup Team when it competes at St. Louis Country Club in June 2014.

Ashley Rose, 60, of North Augusta, S.C., won the 2013 North & South Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and the Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur. She was also a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship and the South Carolina Women’s Match Play Championship. Rose is a retired U.S. Navy captain and former Naval aviator with 1,500 hours and 200 carrier landings in tactical jets.

Lisa Schlesinger, 55, of Laytonsville, Md., was the stroke-play medalist and reached the semifinals at both the 2011 and 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateurs. Schlesinger, who played basketball at the University of Maryland and in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL) with two teams, is a member of the Greater Washington, D.C. Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame.

Anna Schultz, 58, of Dallas, won the 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, was a semifinalist in 2011, and advanced to the third round in 2012. Schultz will be inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame later this year. Her three sons played collegiate golf: Mark and David at Texas A&M, and Kevin for Texas. Her parents survived World War II concentration camps.

Marlene Stewart Streit, 79, of Canada, is tied for fifth with three USGA Senior Women’s Amateur titles (1985, 1994, 2003). She was the first Canadian to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur, defeating eight-time USGA champion JoAnne Gunderson Carner, 2 and 1, in 1956. Streit was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. She represented Canada in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship four times (1966, ’70, ’72, ’84) and captained the team four times (1978, ’80, ’92, ’98).

Carol Semple Thompson, 64, of Sewickley, Pa., is tied for second with four USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). Thompson, who won the 1973 U.S. Women’s Amateur, owns seven USGA women’s titles, second to JoAnne Gunderson Carner, who captured eight USGA championships. Thompson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008. She played on six USA Curtis Cup Teams (1974, ’76, ’80, ’82, ’88, 2002) and was captain of the Team twice (2006, ’08)

Marie-Therese Torti, 50, of Canada, won the 2013 Quebec Women’s Senior Championship and the Quebec Women’s Senior Match Play Championship. She was a member of the Quebec Provincial team for 12 consecutive years, from 1995 to 2006. Torti is a breast cancer survivor.

Marianne Towersey, 62, of Pebble Beach, Calif., was a semifinalist in the 2003 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, losing to eventual champion Marlene Stewart Streit in 24 holes. She was also a quarterfinalist in the Senior Women’s Amateur four times (2001, ’04, ’05, ’06), and was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1967 and the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 1968. Towersey is an avid surfer and friend of 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

Liz Waynick, 53, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. In 1976, at age 16, she was the youngest competitor at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Waynick returned to the Amateur this year as its oldest competitor, at age 53. She won the 2012 Arizona Women’s Senior Stroke Play Championship and was runner-up in the Match Play Championship.

Corey Weworski, 51, of Carlsbad, Calif., won the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. She was a semifinalist in 2003 and a quarterfinalist four times (2001, ’05, ’10, ’12). Weworski represented the USA in the 2005 Copa de las Americas and has played for the California team in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship four times (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).

Sandy Woodruff, 64, of Santa Cruz, Calif., was a quarterfinalist in the 1999 and 2004 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships. She is a three-time California Women’s Senior champion (2001, ’03, ’12). Woodruff owns and operates a nine-hole golf course in Scotts Valley, Calif.

Compiled by Brian DePasquale, manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email him at bdepasquale@usga.org.

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