Potter Medalist At U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Four-time champion Stasi earns No. 2 seed for match play

Julia Potter, of Granger, Ind., returned a 3-over par 74 and captured medalist honors with a 1-over-par 143 in stroke-play qualifying at the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. (USGA/Ron Driscoll)
By Christina Lance, USGA
October 6, 2013

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Julia Potter, 25, of Granger, Ind., returned a 3-over-par 74 in Sunday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying to earn medalist honors at 1-over-par 143 in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at the par-71 Biltmore Forest Country Club.

Potter’s 143, the third-lowest 36-hole score in championship history, gave her a five-stroke advantage over four-time and defending Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi, 35, of Oakland Park, Fla., who finished at 6-over 148. Margaret Shirley, 27, of Roswell, Ga., earned solo third at 7-over 149.

The 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers who have reached their 25th birthday by Oct. 5. It consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with an 18-hole final on Thursday.

A total of 69 players completed two rounds at 167 or better. A 6-for-1 playoff will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Monday. Maren Scoggins, Shawn Farmer, Kim Briele, Lisa Smego, Stacy Dennis and Julie Carmichael will compete for the final berth in the 64-player match-play bracket, with match play scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Potter did not display quite the same spark that she had on Saturday, when her 2-under 69 was the day’s only sub-par round. The reinstated amateur opened with bogeys at the first three holes, all of which she had parred on Saturday. But a key birdie from 5 feet at the par-4 fourth served to calm frayed nerves.

“I was really afraid that I was going to be that girl who goes 69-79,” said Potter, a left-hander who played for the University of Missouri. “The pin placements, compared to yesterday, are definitely in more difficult spots. Not only difficult to get to, but difficult to putt.”

Potter described herself as an average hitter, pointing to her short game as her strength. That potent short game worked to her advantage, as she drained all but one putt from within 5 feet. Considering the day’s more difficult hole locations, and a steady, swirling wind of nearly 15 mph, Potter was happy to escape with a 74.

“The issue we were running into (with the wind) was more of it being swirly, where it would be in my face on my shot but then a side wind on my second shot,” she said. “It was more of figuring it out and being just confident in where we feel the wind's coming from.”

In reaching match play, Stasi continues her quest to become just the fifth person to capture the same USGA championship five or more times. With Champions Tour player and club member Morris Hatalsky on her bag, Stasi carded two birdies, including a 30-footer at the par-4 eighth, and three bogeys for a second-day score of 1-over 72.

Stasi was quite happy with her four-stroke improvement from Saturday, but was looking for more advice from her newfound mentor.

“My caddie's waiting for me on the putting green,” said Stasi, pointing to Hatalsky. “There are just a few things I need to work on. I'll be ready to go for tomorrow.”

Shirley and her playing partners Sherri Mattiusi and Fumie Sato made a mad dash down the ninth tee to beat the encroaching darkness. Playing in the final group off No. 10, Shirley finished her round at approximately 7:30 p.m., more than 20 minutes after sunset.

“I’ve (played in the dark) when I’m playing with my dad and it doesn’t count,” said Shirley with a laugh. “But I don’t know if I’ve done that before.”

Shirley, a manager of Rules and competitions for Atlanta Junior Golf, carded a single birdie to three bogeys on Sunday. She rated the greens some of the toughest she has faced, and was pleased with her overall effort.

“I played awesome,” she said. “I just couldn't get any putts to go. I can't complain about my score, but it could have been pretty good.”

Olivia Herrick, 25, of Roseville, Minn., finished solo fourth, seven strokes behind Potter at 8-over 150. Christina Proteau, who was in second following Saturday’s first round, and Rachel Smith tied for fifth at 9-over 151.

Shannon Lutynski, 29, of Castle Rock, Colo., returned a two-day total of 10-over 152, while three-time USGA Women’s State Team champion Laura Coble, three-time Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play medalist Dawn Woodard and Tara Joy-Connelly tied for eighth at 11-over 153.

Biltmore Forest members Debbie Adams (156) and Brenda Corrie Kuehn (160) both easily advanced to Monday's match-play bracket.

Notables to miss the cut include two-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur stroke-play medalist Lisa Schlesinger (173), 2003 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Amber Marsh Elliott (174) and 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist Helene Thoman (179).

Play was delayed for one hour on Sunday morning due to heavy fog, following an identical delay on Saturday.

Christina Lance is the assistant manager of communications for the USGA. Email her at clance@usga.org.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Results from Sunday’s second round of stroke play at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted at the 6,152-yard, par-71 Biltmore Forest Country Club (* = in a 6-for-1 playoff that will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Monday for the final spot in the match-play draw):

Julia Potter, Granger, Ind. - 69-74—143
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. - 76-72—148
Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. - 76-73—149
Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn. - 75-75—150
Christina Proteau, Canada - 74-77—151
Rachel Smith, Mansfield, Texas - 75-76—151
Shannon Lutynski, Castle Rock, Colo. - 77-75—152
Tara Joy-Connelly, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - 79-74—153
Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. - 76-77—153
Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. - 79-74—153
Mercedes Huarte, Argentina - 75-79—154
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 75-80—155
Glynnis Price, Shiprock, N.M. - 76-79—155
Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. - 79-77—156
Mina Hardin, Mexico - 79-77—156
Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. - 80-77—157
Kate Hildahl, Tualatin, Ore. - 78-80—158
Renata Young, Walnut Creek, Calif. - 81-77—158
Holly Bare, Clovis, Calif. - 81-78—159
Candus Herrera, Apple Valley, Calif. - 81-78—159
Lin McMillan, Palm Coast, Fla. - 79-80—159
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. - 79-81—160
Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 78-82—160
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 79-81—160
Jordan Craig, Connellsville, Pa. - 80-80—160
Brenda Corrie Kuehn, Asheville, N.C. - 79-81—160
Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 82-78—160
Lacy Shelton, Overland Park, Kan. - 79-82—161
Sarah Davison, Choudrant, La. - 79-82—161
Tara Fleming, Jersey City, N.J. - 82-80—162
Marie Arnoux, France - 81-81—162
Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas - 80-82—162
Jennifer Lochhead, Canada - 81-81—162
Amy Loughney, Hoboken, N.J. - 82-81—163
Lauren Todd, Flagstaff, Ariz. - 77-86—163
Kay Daniel, Covington, La. - 80-83—163
Petra Cole, San Diego, Calif. - 82-81—163
Deborah Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 81-82—163
Judith Kyrinis, Canada - 84-79—163
Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho - 82-81—163
Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas - 79-84—163
Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. - 82-81—163
Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio - 83-81—164
Olivia Slutzky, Newport Beach, Calif. - 81-83—164
Stefi Markovich, Canada - 85-79—164
Tracy Welch, Boston, Mass. - 82-82—164
Angela Stewart, Greenville, N.C. - 84-80—164
Connie Isler, Arlington, Va. - 88-76—164
Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. - 83-81—164
Shirley Vaughn, Akron, Ohio - 81-83—164
Stacey Arnold, Westminster, Colo. - 84-81—165
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo. - 80-85—165
Sue Wooster, Australia - 84-81—165
Meredith Chiampa, New York, N.Y. - 83-82—165
Hitomi Inaba, Japan - 84-81—165
Amy Ellertson, Free Union, Va. - 82-83—165
Lisa Anderson, Middleton, Mass. - 83-82—165
Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas - 82-84—166
Carmen Titus, Kansas City, Mo. - 89-77—166
Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 83-83—166
Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. - 83-83—166
Suzanne Stanley, Nashville, Tenn. - 84-82—166
Julie Streng, Greensboro, N.C. - 81-85—166
*Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. - 80-87—167
*Maren Scoggins, Nashville, Tenn. - 89-78—167
*Shawn Farmer, Bellevue, Wash. - 88-79—167
*Stacy Dennis, Huntsville, Texas - 81-86—167
*Lisa Smego, Olympia, Wash. - 85-82—167
*Kim Briele, New Bern, N.C. - 88-79—167

Failed to Qualify

Sarah Edge, Broken Arrow, Okla. - 84-84—168
Annette Gaiotti, Salt Lake City, Utah - 84-84—168
Kim Braaten, Las Vegas, Nev. - 86-82—168
Danielle Davis, Saint Simons, Ga. - 83-85—168
Alicia Kapheim, Pennington, N.J. - 84-84—168
Kristyl Sunderman, Corona, Calif. - 88-80—168
Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 85-84—169
Lindsay Burry, Quincy, Ill. - 89-80—169
Staci Creech, Chapel Hill, N.C. - 86-83—169
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas - 87-82—169
Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 85-85—170
Ashley Rose, North Augusta, S.C. - 86-84—170
Erin Faulkner, Bowling Green, Ky. - 84-86—170
Jennifer Adams, Bluffton, S.C. - 87-83—170
Sam Bartron, Boulder, Colo. - 84-86—170
Jessica Surber, The Woodlands, Texas - 86-84—170
Jennifer Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas - 89-83—172
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas - 88-84—172
Teresa Cleland, Syracuse, N.Y. - 83-89—172
Anna Morales, Austin, Texas - 88-84—172
Jennifer Baumann, Chicago, Ill. - 89-83—172
Marlene Summers, Montgomery, Texas - 81-91—172
Patty Moore, Lodi, Calif. - 91-81—172
Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 85-88—173
Jessica Luciuk, Canada - 85-88—173
Sue O'Connor, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 82-91—173
Karen Siegel, Maple Glen, Pa. - 86-87—173
Christie Austin, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. - 89-84—173
Allisyn Terry, Leesburg, Va. - 87-86—173
Lisa Higgins, Zionsville, Ind. - 86-87—173
Amber Marsh Elliott, Greensboro, N.C. - 90-84—174
Kristina Blaylock, Cary, N.C. - 87-87—174
Leeann Lewis, Great River, N.Y. - 88-86—174
Barbara Byrnes, Mesa, Ariz. - 86-89—175
Alexis Rogala, Glendale Heights, Ill. - 88-87—175
Jennifer Hays, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 88-87—175
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis. - 89-86—175
Meg Christensen, Houston, Texas - 91-84—175
Natasha Lehman, Canada - 88-87—175
Carrie Chambers, Dallas, Texas - 94-81—175
Janie Carpenter, Garland, Texas - 88-87—175
Marie Bos, New York, N.Y. - 94-82—176
Lisa Cook, Noblesville, Ind. - 89-87—176
Morag Mitchell, Canada - 85-91—176
Laurie Makescry, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 86-90—176
Linda Weinstein, Northbrook, Ill. - 87-89—176
Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 89-88—177
Meghan Moake, Houston, Texas - 86-91—177
Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill. - 94-83—177
Sandra Jackson, New York, N.Y. - 89-90—179
Krissy Martin, Louisville, Ky. - 90-89—179
Helene Thoman, Sylvania, Ohio - 90-89—179
Char McLear, McHenry, Ill. - 92-87—179
Marci Zweifel, Orlando, Fla. - 92-89—181
Frances Gacos, Flemington, N.J. - 90-91—181
Ann Haddad, San Diego, Calif. - 93-89—182
Anita Venner, Monrovia, Md. - 93-90—183
Maria Malone, Delafield, Wis. - 93-92—185
Judy Miller, Tucson, Ariz. - 93-94—187
Sherri Mattiussi, Tucson, Ariz. - 87-101—188
Fumie Sato, Japan - 98-93—191
Krista Morgan, Breckenridge, Colo. - 96-97—193
Amy Suleiman, Middleburg Heights, Ohio - 92-WD—WD

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted at the 6,152-yard, par-71 Biltmore Forest Country Club (All times EDT):

Round of 64
Upper  Bracket

11:45 a.m.: Julia Potter, Granger, Ind. (143) vs. To Be Determined (167)
9:30 a.m.: Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas (162) vs. Jennifer Lochhead, Canada (162)
9:39 a.m.: Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. (157) vs. Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. (164)
9:48 a.m.: Kate Hildahl, Tualatin, Ore. (158) vs. Connie Isler, Arlington, Va. (164)
9:57 a.m.: Tara Joy-Connelly, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (153) vs. Lisa Anderson, Middleton, Mass. (165)
10:06 a.m.: Jordan Craig, Connellsville, Pa. (160) vs. Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho (163)
10:15 a.m.: Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. (153) vs. Amy Ellertson, Free Union, Va. (165)
10:24 a.m.: Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. (160) vs. Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas (163)
10:31 a.m.: Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn. (150) vs. Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. (166)
10:42 a.m.: Sarah Davison, Choudrant, La. (161) vs. Kay Daniel, Covington, La. (163)
10:51 a.m.: Glynnis Price, Shiprock, N.M. (155) vs. Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo. (165)
11 a.m.: Candus Herrera, Apple Valley, Calif. (159) vs. Stefi Markovich, Canada (164)
11:09 a.m.: Christina Proteau, Canada (151) vs. Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. (166)
11:18 a.m.: Lacy Shelton, Overland Park, Kan. (161) vs. Petra Cole, San Diego, Calif. (163)
11:27 a.m.: Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (155) vs. Sue Wooster, Australia (165)
11:36 a.m.: Lin McMillan, Palm Coast, Fla. (159) vs. Olivia Slutzky, Newport Beach, Calif. (164)

Lower Bracket

11:54 a.m.: Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. (148) vs. Julie Streng, Greensboro, N.C. (166)
12:03 p.m.: Marie Arnoux, France (162) vs. Amy Loughney, Hoboken, N.J. (163)
12:12 p.m.: Mina Hardin, Mexico (156) vs. Shirley Vaughn, Akron, Ohio (164)
12:21 p.m.: Renata Young, Walnut Creek, Calif. (158) vs. Angela Stewart, Greenville, N.C. (164)
12:30 p.m.: Shannon Lutynski, Castle Rock, Colo. (152) vs. Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas (166)
12:39 p.m.: Brenda Corrie Kuehn, Asheville, N.C. (160) vs. Judith Kyrinis, Canada (163)
12:48 p.m.: Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. (153) vs. Hitomi Inaba, Japan (165)
12:57 p.m.: Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (160) vs. Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (163)
1:06 p.m.: Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. (149) vs. Suzanne Stanley, Nashville, Tenn. (166)
1:15 p.m.: Tara Fleming, Jersey City, N.J. (162) vs. Lauren Todd, Flagstaff, Ariz. (163)
1:24 p.m.: Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. (156) vs. Stacey Arnold, Westminster, Colo. (165)
1:33 p.m.: Holly Bare, Clovis, Calif. (159) vs. Tracy Welch, Boston, Mass. (164)
1:42 p.m.: Rachel Smith, Mansfield, Texas (151) vs. Carmen Titus, Kansas City, Mo. (166)
1:51 p.m.: Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. (160) vs. Deborah Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (163)
2 p.m.: Mercedes Huarte, Argentina (154) vs. Meredith Chiampa, New York, N.Y. (165)
2:09 p.m.: Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (160) vs. Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio (164)


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