Meet the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Quarterfinalists


By USGA
October 8, 2013

Laura Coble, 49, Augusta, Ga.

  • Competing in her 18th USGA championship and 13th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur 
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a runner-up finish to Martha Leach in 2009
  • Also competed in six USGA Women’s State Team Championships and was a member of Georgia’s winning teams in 2005, 2009 and 2011
  • A nine-time winner of the Georgia Women’s Match Play Championship
  • A six-time winner of the Georgia Women’s Amateur Championship
  • A 1987 graduate of Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University); also attended the University of Georgia
  • Served as head women’s golf coach at Georgia Regents University from 2006-07

Tara Joy-Connelly, 40, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • Competing in her 11th USGA championship and ninth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a semifinal loss to Martha Leach in 2011
  • Also competed in eight USGA Women’s State Team Championships and was a member of Florida’s runner-up team in 2013
  • Winner of the 1995 and 1996 New England Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2003 and 2013 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Women’s Open Championship
  • Partnered with Meghan Stasi to win the 2009 Florida Women’s Four-Ball Championship and the 2013 Women’s International Four-Ball Championship
  • Massachusetts Golf Association Player of the Decade for 2000-09
  • A 1995 graduate of the University of Miami

Andrea Kraus, 53, Baltimore

  • Competing in her 31st USGA championship and 13th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Meghan Stasi in 2012
  • Also competed in eight USGA Women’s State Team Championships
  • Winner of the 2012 Maryland Women’s Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, as well as the 1994 and 1999 Women’s Amateur
  • Winner of the 1999 Maryland Women’s Open
  • Winner of the 2001 Maryland Senior Women’s Open
  • Earned a bronze medal at the 2009 Israel Maccabbi Games
  • A 1982 graduate of Yale University, where she was captain of the women’s golf team

Martha Leach, 51, Hebron, Ky.

  • 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion
  • Competing in her 42nd USGA championship and 25th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, the most in the championship history
  • Her round-of-16 win was her 38th Women’s Mid-Amateur match victory, tying her with Robin Burke for third-most in championship history
  • Also competed in two USGA Women’s State Team Championships
  • A 1983 graduate of the University of Georgia
  • A realtor and part-time substitute teacher
  • Younger sister of six-time USGA champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Hollis Stacy

Stefi Markovich, 38, Canada

  • Competing in her third USGA championship and third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a third-round loss to eventual runner-up Liz Waynick in 2012
  • Winner of the 2013 Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Runner-up at the 2013 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2011 Ontario Champion of Champions
  • A 1997 graduate of the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the 1994 and 1997 SEC Championship-winning teams
  • A high school mathematics teacher

Julia Potter, 25, Granger, Ind.

  • Born Oct. 20, 1987 in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Competing in her second USGA championship and first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Winner of the 2005 and 2006 Indiana Girls State Junior Championship
  • Winner of the 2008 and 2009 IWGA Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2009 IWGA Match Play Championship
  • 2008 and 2009 IWGA Player of the Year
  • A 2011 graduate of the University of Missouri, where she won five tournaments and holds all but two individual records
  • Named to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 All Big 12 First Team
  • An event coordinator for Anthony Travel in Dallas
  • A former USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern with the Missouri Golf Association
  • Underwent back surgery at age 16 due to scoliosis

Margaret Shirley, 27, Roswell, Ga.

  • Competing in her 10th USGA championship and second U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a third-round loss to Virginia Grimes in 2011
  • Also competed in one USGA Women’s State Team Championship
  • Winner of the 2006, 2008 and 2013 Georgia Women’s Open
  • Winner of the 2011 Georgia Women’s Match-Play Championship
  • A 2008 graduate of Auburn University
  • A manager of Rules and competitions for Atlanta Junior Golf, which hosts 90 one-day golf tournaments for juniors ages 7-18
  • Served as assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Georgia and Auburn University

Meghan Stasi, 35, Oakland Park, Fla.

  • 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion
  • Competing in her 19th USGA championship and eighth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Has a 33-3 record in Women’s Mid-Amateur match play
  • Also competed in three USGA Women’s State Team Championships and was a member of Florida’s runner-up team in 2013
  • Represented the United States at the 2012 Curtis Cup Match
  • Winner of the 2010 and 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Match Play Championship
  • Winner of the 2012 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship
  • Partnered with Tara Joy-Connelly to win the 2009 Florida Women’s Four-Ball Championship and the 2013 Women’s International Four-Ball Championship
  • A member of the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Hall of Fame
  • A 2000 graduate of Tulane University
  • Owner of Shuck N’ Dive, a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Served as head women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi from 2000-07
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