Meet the Quarterfinalists

September 24, 2013

Susan Cohn, 50, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • Has reached the quarterfinals in her first USGA Senior Women’s Amateur by defeating 2009 champion Sherry Herman in 19 holes in the Round of 16
  • Played in the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., and the 1992 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Old Marsh G.C., in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
  • In 2013, she captured her 10th Palm Beach County Women’s Amateur Championship and was the 2012 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Amateur Athlete of the Year
  • Member of University of North Carolina women’s golf team from 1982-85 and won four varsity letters
  • Employed at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club and her son, Aaron, is a junior shortstop on the Duke University baseball team

Mina Hardin, 53, of Fort Worth, Texas

  • Won the 2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, dispatching Alexandra Frazier, 2 and 1, at Fiddlesticks C.C. in Fort Myers, Fla.
  • In 2011, she reached the Senior Women’s Amateur final for the second consecutive year but was defeated by Terri Frohnmayer, 2 and 1
  • 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
  • Led Texas squad to a tie for second at the 2011 USGA Women’s State Team Championship
  • Inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2012

Marilyn Hardy, 52, of Houston, Texas

  • Has reached quarterfinals for the first time at the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur after reaching the Round of 32 in 2012
  • Has played in 18 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs (making the semifinals in 1987 and quarterfinals in 2006), eight U.S. Women’s Amateurs and two U.S. Women’s Opens
  • Won Arizona women’s state amateur in 1988 and Texas women’s state amateur in 1995 and 1997
  • Played volleyball and basketball as a collegian at UC-Irvine before transferring to UC-San Diego, where she was a member of the 1981 NCAA Division III championship volleyball team
  • Married to Jim Hardy, a golf instructor and the 2007 PGA of America National Teacher of the Year

Mary Jane Hiestand, 54, of Naples, Fla.

  • Has reached the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals for the second time in her career after also winning three matches in 2011
  • Has reached match play in all five Senior Women’s Amateur appearances, including the Round of 16 in 2009 and 2010
  • Has played in 22 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, three U.S. Women’s Amateurs and seven USGA Women’s State Team Championships
  • Won the 2013 Florida State Senior Women’s Amateur Championship by four strokes over Diane Lang, a three-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur winner, and has earned FSGA Senior Player of the Year three times (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Originally from Pontiac, Mich., and was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2004

Ellen Port, 52, of St. Louis, Mo.

  • Won the 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur by defeating Jane Fitzgerald, 4 and 3, in the final match at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club
  • Has captured five USGA championships, including four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, and is tied for sixth on the women’s career USGA victories list
  • Will captain 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team against Great Britain & Ireland at St. Louis Country Club next June
  • Recently inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, along with Bob Costas and Joe Torre
  • Won seven Missouri Women’s Golf Association state amateur titles
  • Teacher and golf coach at John Burroughs School

Liz Waynick, 53, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Playing in her second USGA Senior Women’s Amateur after advancing to the Round of 16 last year at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club
  • Runner-up at 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, losing to Meghan Stasi in the championship match, 6 and 5, at Briggs Ranch G.C., in San Antonio, Texas
  • In 1976, at age 16, she was the youngest competitor at the U.S. Women’s Amateur; in 2013, she was the oldest competitor in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Country Club of Charleston (S.C.)
  • Won the 2012 Arizona Women’s Senior Stroke Play Championship and was runner-up in the 2012 Arizona Senior Match Play Championship
  • Former director of golf at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, in Portland, Ore., and former head professional at Renegade Course at Desert Mountain, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Corey Weworski, 51, of Carlsbad, Calif.

  • Won the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur by defeating Virginia Grimes, 5 and 4, at Holston Hills C.C. in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Semifinalist at 2003 Women’s Mid-Amateur and was a quarterfinalist four times (2001, 2005, 2010, 2012)
  • Advanced to the Round of 32 at the 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, losing to Anna Schultz in 19 holes
  • Member of USA Team at 2005 Copa de las Americas and has represented California four times at the USGA Women’s State Team Championship
  • Her oldest son, Tyler, played as a collegian at Texas Tech University

Caryn Wilson, 52, of Rancho Mirage, Calif.

  • Is competing in her first USGA championship since being reinstated as an amateur this year
  • One of two women to play in the U.S. Open in both golf and tennis, joining the legendary Althea Gibson
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the 1997 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and has played in two U.S. Women’s Opens and three U.S. Women’s Amateurs
  • Three-time tennis All-American at Stanford University who played on the Cardinal 1982 NCAA championship team
  • Rose to No. 124 in world tennis rankings and played at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open in the mid-1980s 
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