2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Storylines


By Christina Lance, USGA
October 2, 2013

The average age of the 132 Women’s Mid-Amateur competitors is 43.22 years old.

The youngest player in the championship field is Lindsay Burry, of Quincy, Ill., who turned 25 on Aug. 25. Five other players are in their first year of championship eligibility – Olivia Herrick, of Roseville, Minn.; Kate Hildahl, of Tualatin, Ore.; Julia Potter, of Granger, Ind.; Rachel Smith, of Mansfield, Texas; and Suzanne Stanley, of Decatur, Ala.

The championship’s oldest competitor is 63-year-old Judy Miller, of Tucson, Ariz.

Seven countries are represented at the championship: Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico and the United States of America.

There are 31 states represented at the championship: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

There are six USGA champions in the field: Amber Marsh Elliott, 44, of Greensboro, N.C. (2003 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Mina Hardin, 53, of Mexico (2010 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur); Martha Leach, 51, of Hebron, Ky. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Anna Schultz, 58, of Rockwall, Texas (2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur); Meghan Stasi, 35, of Oakland Park, Fla. (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); and Corey Weworski, 51, of Carlsbad, Calif. (2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur).

There are six USGA runners-up in the field: Laura Coble, 49, of Augusta, Ga. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Patricia Cornett, 59, of Mill Valley, Calif. (1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Mina Hardin (2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur); Brenda Corrie Kuehn, 48, of Asheville, N.C. (1995 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); Martha Leach (2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur); and Anna Schultz (2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2006 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur).

Three players have represented the United States on the Curtis Cup Team: Patricia Cornett (1978, 1988), Brenda Corrie Kuehn (1996, 1998) and Meghan Stasi (2008). Cornett served as captain of the 2012 USA Team.

Brenda Corrie Kuehn represented the United States at the 1996 and 1998 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

Corey Weworski represented the United States at the 2006 Copa de las Americas.

Tara Fleming, 46, of Jersey City, N.J., served as playing captain for the New Jersey team that won the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. Laura Coble was a member of Georgia’s winning teams in 2005, 2009 and 2011, while Judy Miller was a member of Arizona's winning team in 2007.

Two Biltmore Forest members are in the championship field: Debbie Adams, 46, of Asheville, N.C., and Brenda Corrie Kuehn.

Player Notes

Debbie Adams, 46, of Asheville, N.C., has represented the United States at the International Maccabiah Games, held every four years in Israel.

Christie Austin, 56, of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., was a member of the USGA Executive Committee from 2007 to 2012, serving as treasurer in her final year.

Samantha Bartron, 43, of Boulder, Colo., is the owner and director of Team 180 Sports, a lacrosse club. Bartron, a former competitive lacrosse player in her native England, has placed more than 100 female players in NCAA lacrosse programs across the country.

Kim Briele, 52, of New Bern, N.C., participated in the 1980 Olympic Basketball Trials. She worked as a producer and broadcaster on the Hooters Tour in the 1990s.

Barbara Byrnes, 59, of Mesa, Ariz., is the president of the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship and a past president of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association. Byrnes, who serves on the USGA’s Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee, has won numerous championships in her home state and is a four-time Arizona senior women’s player of the year.

Julie Carmichael, 49, of Indianapolis, Ind., is the chief strategy officer of St. Vincent Health and a part-time faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Along with her father, 1961 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist and former IU golf coach Sam Carmichael, she owns the Martinsville (Ind.) Golf Club. Carmichael won the 1986 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship while attending Stanford University. She was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 and has won numerous Indiana Golf Association and Indiana Women’s Golf Association championships.

Meg Christensen, 46, of Houston, met her physician husband when he saved her stepfather’s life in 1997.

Teresa Cleland, 54, of Syracuse, N.Y., has won the last three New York Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. She has been a teacher in the Syracuse school system for 32 years.

Laura Coble, 49, of Augusta, Ga., is a nine-time winner of the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship. She is also a six-time Georgia Women’s Amateur champion. Coble was the runner-up to Martha Leach at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Petra Cole, 26, of Santee, Calif., is a caddie at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Cole was born three months early and weighed only 1 pound, 9 ounces.

Patricia Cornett, 59, of Mill Valley, Calif., runs the educational programs at the University of California, San Francisco. She helped establish a VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at UCSF, one of five programs across the country.

Lynne Cowan, 50, of Rocklin, Calif., is a four-time California Women’s Amateur champion. At age 18, she was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis, and credits golf with keeping her limber.

Jordan Craig, 27, of Connellsville, Pa., works in business operations at her family-owned Dairy Queen franchise.

Kay Daniel, 42, of Covington, La., won the 2005 Louisiana Women’s Amateur and has won seven Louisiana Women’s Mid-Amateurs, include the last five consecutive events.

Sarah Davison, 33, of Choudrant, La., won the 2013 Louisiana Women’s Amateur, having previously taken the title in 2009. The former University of Alabama standout, who reached the semifinals of the 1997 U.S. Girls’ Junior under her maiden name of Johnston, only recently restarted her competitive playing career, having taken a hiatus following the birth of her twins in 2011.

Stacy Dennis, 40, of Huntsville, Texas, is a two-time Texas Women’s Amateur champion.

Shawn Farmer, 31, of Bellevue, Wash., is a golf performance and fitness trainer. She works with her husband, a private-practice sports doctor whose clients include several PGA Tour professionals.

Tara Fleming, 46, of Jersey City, N.J., has competed in four U.S. Women’s Opens, making the cut in 1994 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich. That same year, she won the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Mary Bea Porter Award, which is presented annually to individuals involved in golf who helped others through humanitarian efforts. Fleming performed CPR on a spectator at the Jamie Farr Classic who had suffered a heart attack. A reinstated amateur who now works in sales and marketing for AIG, Fleming qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in her first competitive round of golf since 1996.

Annette Gaiotti, 60, of Salt Lake City, is a five-time Utah Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

Mina Hardin, 53, of Mexico, was the first Mexican woman to play on the LPGA Tour and the first Mexican-born USGA champion. She has been a reinstated amateur since 1991, has twice won the Texas Women’s Amateur and was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

Marilyn Hardy, 52, of Houston, was a member of the 1981 NCAA Division III women’s volleyball championship team at the University of California, San Diego.

Olivia Herrick, 25, of Roseville, Minn., has won multiple Minnesota State Golf Association and Minnesota Women’s Public Golf Association championships, including the 2009 Women’s Amateur. Herrick is the marketing and communications manager at Mounds Park Academy, where she attended high school, and also serves as coach of the varsity and junior varsity girls golf teams.

Mary Jane Hiestand, 54, of Naples, Fla., won the 2013 Florida Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The Michigan native was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2004.

Lisa Higgins, 36, of Zionsville, Ind., has played golf with President George W. Bush, Peyton Manning and Pete and Alice Dye.

Kate Hildahl, 25, of Tualatin, Ore., won the 2008 Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

Mercedes Huarte, 27, of Argentina, moved to the United States at age 18 to play college golf at Jacksonville State University, where she was a four-time Ohio Valley Conference champion and the 2008 player of the year. She is a financial analyst for Cisco Systems. Her husband, Corey Brindle, is an accountant with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and has served in Afghanistan.

Hitomi Inaba, 26, of Japan, moved to the United States in January 2013 to pursue her dream of playing professional golf.

Sandra Jackson, 54, of New York, N.Y., lived in Paris for four years while working for KPMG. She has been a member of Scotland’s Royal Dornoch Golf Club since 1997.

Linda Jeffery, 40, of Millbrook, is an officer in the United States Air Force Reserves. She has competed in events conducted by the Conseil International du Sport Militaire, which organizes sporting events for the armed forces in 133 member countries. She has also competed in the U.S. Armed Forces Golf Championship and the U.S. Air Force Championship.

Denise Kieffer, 53, of University Place, Wash., is a Tacoma police sergeant. She is an eight-time winner of the Puget Sound Women’s Golf Association Championship.

Andrea Kraus, 52, of Baltimore, Md., won the 2012 Maryland Women’s Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Women’s Amateur, as well as the 2013 Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Women’s Amateur. Also in 2012, she won the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Senior Championship.

Brenda Corrie Kuehn, 48, of Asheville, N.C., was eight months pregnant when she played in the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open. She gave birth to her daughter, Corrie, one week later.

Pam Kuong, 52, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., won the 2008 and 2010 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship. The 2010 championship was conducted at her home course, Charles River Country Club, which served as the companion course for the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship. She was the 2011 New England Women’s Amateur champion.

Martha Leach, 51, of Hebron, Ky., is the sister of six-time USGA champion Hollis Stacy. Leach introduced her sister at her 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Maggie Leef, 53, of Brookfield, Wis., won the 2013 Wisconsin Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Jessica Luciuk, 38, of Canada, is a five-time Alberta Ladies Amateur champion.

Stefani Markovich, 38, of Canada, won the 2013 Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Char McLear, 59, of McHenry, Ill., is a retired assistant fire chief of the Barrington fire department. She has also worked with the National Ski Patrol for more than 40 years. McLear serves on the USGA’s Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee and is on the board of the Illinois Women’s Golf Association.

Meghan Moake, 30, of Houston, Texas, is the oldest of six children, spanning 20 years of age. She is a math teacher at the high school she attended and where two of her siblings are currently students. Moake played

softball at Stanford University, and was the school’s starting second baseman at the 2004 College World Series, where the team finished third.

Anna Morales, 44, of Austin, Texas, is a native of Peru who played on the Peruvian National Team as a junior golfer.

Sue O’Connor, 56, of Scottsdale, Ariz., bicycled across America to raise funds for the American Lung Association. She is a former ski instructor, and once unknowingly gave a lesson to Clint Eastwood.

Julia Potter, 25, of Dallas, won the 2007 and 2008 Indiana Women’s Amateur Championships.

Christina Proteau, 30, of Canada, is a prosecutor for the British Columbia Ministry of Justice. She is a four-time Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, and has also won three British Columbia Women’s Amateurs and three British Columbia Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Proteau qualified for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor.

Ashley Rose, 60, of North Augusta, S.C., won the 2013 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Senior Championship. She is a retired U.S. Navy captain, having logged 1,500 hours in flight and 200 carrier landings in a tactical jet.

Lisa Schlesinger, 55, of Laytonsville, Md., won the 2008 and 2009 Maryland Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. She was the stroke-play medalist at the 2011 and 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships.

Anna Schultz, 58, of Rockwall, Texas, won the 2013 Texas Women’s Open Senior Championship, as well as numerous other state events. She is one of eight people being inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame on Oct. 21, including 1981 U.S. Open champion David Graham and CBS golf and NFL television producer Lance Barrow.

Margaret Shirley, 27, of Roswell, Ga., won the 2006, 2008 and 2013 Georgia Women’s Opens. Shirley was an assistant golf coach at her alma mater, Auburn University, until March of this year, when she became the manager of rules and competition for Atlanta Junior Golf. The organization hosts 90 one-day golf tournaments each summer for kids ages 7-18.

Karen Siegel, 49, of Maple Glen, Pa., won the 2013 Philadelphia Stroke-Play Championship.

Lisa Smego, 57, of Olympia, Wash., is competing in her first USGA championship since 2008. She underwent major back surgery that year to correct severe pain caused by arthritis and stenosis. Thirteen months later, she won the 2010 Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Rachel Smith, 25, of Mansfield, Texas, is a P.J. Boatwright intern with the Women’s Texas Golf Association.

Suzi Spotleson, 46, of Canton, Ohio, played collegiate softball for Northwestern University and competed in the Women’s College World Series.

Meghan Stasi, 35, of Oakland Park, Fla., won the 2012 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship. She and her husband, Danny, own Shuck N’ Dive, a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

Angela Stewart, 59, of Greenville, N.C., is the 2013 North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur champion. Stewart is active in raising awareness and money for multiple sclerosis. 

Marlene Summers, 59, of Montgomery, Texas, was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, a rare and incurable autoimmune disease, in 2007, shortly after she vacationed in Asheville. She was bedridden for six months and had to relearn how to walk. She is happy to return to Asheville and Biltmore as a survivor, calling it a “full circle.”

Helene Thoman, 31, of Sylvania, Ohio, is a former teaching professional at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The reinstated amateur reached the semifinals of the 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur, where she fell to eventual champion Ellen Port.

Lauren Todd, 28, of Flagstaff, Ariz., reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on January 2, 2010. Todd and her fiancé, professional beach volleyball player Ryan Mariano, started a charity called Athletes’ Promise, which hopes to inspire athletes to give back to their community by fighting hunger.

Anita Venner, 58, of Monrovia, Md., has a home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she has won multiple events. She considers one of her best golf memories to be playing in the Coral Bay Open on the island of Saint John. The unconventional fundraising event is played through the streets and buildings of the island. Animals are used as caddies, while players wear silly outfits and are limited to three or four clubs.

Linda Weinstein, 55, of Northbrook, Ill., serves on the USGA Girls’ Junior Committee. Since 2002, she has volunteered as a TV Rules official and escort at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Tracy Welch, 42, of Charlestown, Mass., is the cousin of PGA Tour player Brad Faxon. She is a two-time Massachusetts Women’s Amateur champion, and also won the 1997 Massachusetts Women’s Open. In 2007, Golf Digest named Welch the top female golfer on Wall Street, ranked 25th out of 150 golfers, male and female.

Sydney Wells, 52, of Menominee, Mich., is a five-time Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association player of the year and was inducted into the Wisconsin State Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2012. She is currently president of the WWSGA board of directors. Wells founded Fore Their Future, which promotes junior golf for youngsters ages 8-18, focusing on four key values: respect, integrity, character and honor, or RICH.

Caryn Wilson, 52, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., is one of two women to play in the U.S. Open in both golf and tennis, joining the legendary Althea Gibson. As a professional tennis player, Wilson reached No. 124 in the world ranking and also competed at Wimbledon and the Australian Open in the 1980s. Wilson transitioned to golf and turned professional in 1999. Wilson qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open at age 48, but missed out on her LPGA card in 2010. She gave up the game for a few years, regained her amateur status in June 2013 and reached the semifinals of the 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur last week.

Dawn Woodard, 38, of Greer, S.C., was the 2012 Carolinas Women’s Player of the Year. She won the 2011 and 2012 Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championships, as well as the 2010-12 Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Match Play Championships and the 2012 WSCGA Stroke Play Championship.

Sue Wooster, 51, of Australia, won the 2012 Australian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

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