U.S. WOMEN'S MID-AMATEUR
Port Medalist For Record Fourth Time September 25, 2010 By Ken Klavon

Meghan Stasi, a two-time champion, was tied for second at three over par. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Wichita, Kan. – Ellen Port, 49, of St. Louis, earned medalist honors Sunday at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Wichita Country Club.

Port, a three-time winner of this championship, shot a 1-over-par 73 on the 6,209-yard, par-72 layout in her second round of stroke-play qualifying for a two-day total of 146. Port finished one stroke ahead of two-time champion Meghan Stasi, 32, of Oakland Park, Fla., and 28-year-old Katy Treadwell of Oklahoma City, Okla., and four ahead of Canada’s Patti Hogeboom, 26, and 27-year-old Carol Robertson of Virginia Beach, Va., who were tied at 150.

First-round leader Alexandra Casi, 26, of East Palestine, Ohio, followed an even-par 72 with an 84 Sunday. Defending champion Martha Leach, 48, of Hebron, Ky., shot 85-78 and failed to qualify for match play. A nine-for-six-spots playoff was reduced to six-for-five spots; play was suspended due to darkness and the playoff will resume at 8 a.m. CDT. The first round of match play is scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m.

As it turned out, it was a record-breaking performance by the affable Port, who only plays in four tournaments a year. She set a mark for most times as medalist, with four, breaking a tie with Carol Semple Thompson.

Being a USGA medalist never gets old for Port, a teacher and coach at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis who is tied with Sarah LeBrun Ingram with three titles each in the championship.  

I love those medals, said Port, who has won 48 matches in the championship, second only to Semple Thompson’s 56. The USGA medals are so pretty.

She refuses to believe that, as the medalist, she’s a walking bull’s-eye.

No, no, no, she said. I think it’s whoever plays the best golf. … My thinking is that I just wipe the slate clean.

Incidentally, the last player to earn medalist honors and win in the same year was Port, in 2000. And only two times in the history of the championship has a player been the medalist and won in the same year.

With temperatures dropping 20-plus degrees from Saturday, Port was one of many players trying to stay warm with ski caps while navigating the William H. Diddel design. Port’s second round was a virtual carbon copy of the first. Yet there were two statistics that pleased her most: she never had a three-putt over the two days and recorded five one-putts Sunday.

If you would have told me – you have got to be kidding – that I would have no three-putts, I would have laughed and taken it, said Port, who also never put her ball in any bunkers over the two days.

Even more impressive, Port rarely put herself in position where she had to make any long birdie putts. Of the three she carded in the second round, all were 8 feet or closer to the hole. She indicated that in the first round she had no birdie attempts that were longer than 12 feet.

By the mid-afternoon, the temperature had risen to 71 degrees, but the late wave of players had to contend with an air show at McConnell Air Force Base that made the skies crackle. Competitors would stop playing and watch in awe as planes swooped in low.

I like watching them because it takes my mind off the focus on the course, said Treadwell with a laugh.

Treadwell carded three birdies that helped improve her score by three strokes from Saturday.

I didn’t make any long putts [Sunday], she said. I made a couple from 5 and 6 feet that I wasn’t making yesterday.

Speaking of work on the greens, Robertson (4-over 76) intimated that the championship will come down to putting. She learned that the hard way when she bogeyed the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes. Robertson played 21 holes on Sunday because of a two-hour delay due to inclement weather Saturday.

There are lots of birdies to be had, said Robertson, who had six bogeys in the second round. If you’re hitting fairways, there is a great chance for birdies.

Hogeboom shot 2-over 74 thanks in large part to 14 pars. For the Kingston, Ontario, native, the cool weather wasn’t a factor.

You adapt, she said of growing up playing golf in Canada. It doesn’t stay hot there for very long.

On Monday, the first round of match play featuring the top 64 players will take place. The second and third rounds will be played on Tuesday, followed by the quarterfinals and semifinals Wednesday. The 18-hole final is scheduled for Thursday.

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

Story written by Ken Klavon, web editor for the USGA. E-mail him with questions or comments at kklavon@usga.org. 

Results

Wichita, Kan. – The following are results from the second round of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play qualifying, which is being held at the 6,209-yard par-72 Wichita Country Club course. Play was suspended after a nine-for-six spots playoff was reduced to six-for-five places.

*denotes in playoff

 **denotes in playoff but failed to advance

*#denotes in playoff and moved into match play

Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo. - 73-73--146

Katy Treadwell, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 75-72--147

Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. - 73-74--147

Patti Hogeboom, Canada - 76-74--150

Carol Robertson, Virginia Beach, Va. - 74-76--150

Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. - 77-74--151

Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 78-73--151

Jennifer Lucas, Knoxville, Tenn. - 74-77--151

Tobi Herron, Columbus, Ind. - 79-72--151

Holly Bare, Clovis, Calif. - 78-74--152

Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. - 79-73--152

Erica Pressley, Selma, Texas - 80-72--152

Kelly Wilson, Cameron Park, Calif. - 74-78--152

Kerry Postillion, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 76-77--153

Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. - 79-74--153

Robin Burke, Houston, Texas - 76-77--153

Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas - 78-76--154

Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. - 77-77--154

Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. - 77-77--154

Meredith Chiampa, New York, N.Y. - 76-78--154

Martha Linscott, Kansas City, Mo. - 75-79--154

Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. - 79-75--154

Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. - 76-79--155

Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. - 81-74--155

Karen Garcia, Cool, Calif. - 76-79--155

Sherry Herman, Farmingdale, N.J. - 80-75--155

Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. - 75-80--155

Alexandra Casi, East Palestine, Ohio - 72-84--156

Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. - 76-80--156

Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas - 75-81--156

Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C. - 75-81--156

Tara Joy-Connelly, Pembroke, Mass. - 77-79--156

Sharon Park, Irvine, Calif. - 77-80--157

Mimi Hoffman, Alexandria, Va. - 78-79--157

Tanis Hastmann, Canada - 74-83--157

Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 77-80--157

Julie Streng, Greensboro, N.C. - 81-76--157

Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 78-79--157

Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka - 79-78--157

Wendi Golden, Bradenton, Fla. - 80-78--158

Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. - 73-85--158

Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 80-78--158

Linda Pearson, Glendale, Calif. - 81-77--158

Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 80-78--158

Candus Herrera, Apple Valley, Calif. - 78-80--158

Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill. - 81-78--159

Brenda Kuehn, Asheville, N.C. - 81-78--159

Michelle Griffith, Lagrange, Ga. - 85-74--159

Kay Daniel, Covington, La. - 80-79--159

Brooke Williams, Fort Worth, Texas - 82-77--159

Leslie Folsom, Seattle, Wash. - 75-84--159

Janet Moore, Greenwood Village, Colo. - 78-81--159

Diane Irvin, Pacific Palisades, Calif. - 82-77--159

Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 84-76--160

Akemi Khaiat, Japan - 78-82--160

Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas - 81-80--161

Abbey Reif-Hornsby, Springboro, Ohio - 80-81--161

Shirley Trier, Hartville, Ohio - 80-81--161

*#Diane Lang, Jamaica - 81-81--162

*Stacey Arnold, Westminster, Colo. - 84-78--162

*Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. - 80-82--162

*Shannon Hare-Rouillard, Bernardsville, N.J. - 77-85--162

*Lea Anne Brown, Mt Pleasant, S.C. - 84-78--162

*Samantha Bartron, Boulder, Colo. - 81-81--162

*Amber Marsh Elliott, Greensboro, N.C. - 82-80--162

Failed To Qualify

**Judy Miller, Tucson, Ariz. - 79-83--162

**Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 83-79--162

Lacy Shelton, Overland Park, Kan. - 84-79--163

Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 85-78--163

Sasha Adams, Portland, Ore. - 79-84--163

Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. - 84-79--163

Jennifer Lochhead, Canada - 80-83--163

Mary Kay Thanos-Zordani, Chicago, Ill. - 81-82--163

Alicia A Kapheim, Pennington, N.J. - 84-79--163

Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. - 80-84--164

Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 80-84--164

Lynn Simmons, Phoenix, Ariz. - 83-82--165

Rebecca Thomas, Wichita, Kan. - 83-82--165

Shannon Lutynski, Castle Rock, Colo. - 83-82--165

Shannon Ogg, Alexandria, Va. - 83-82--165

Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. - 83-83--166

Christie Austin, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. - 84-83--167

Jennifer Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas - 86-81--167

Corina Cetateanu, New York, N.Y. - 82-85--167

Carol Martin, Irving, Texas - 84-83--167

Julie Oxendine, Russellville, Ark. - 86-81--167

Adrienne Gill, Jersey City, N.J. - 85-82--167

Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho - 83-84--167

Kim Keyer-Scott, Bonita Springs, Fla. - 85-82--167

Frannie Avila, Santa Barbara, Calif. - 84-83--167

Alexandra Frazier, Haverford, Pa. - 83-85--168

Camille Clay, Austin, Texas - 82-86--168

Lisa Walker, Vista, Calif. - 81-87--168

Thidarat Suangtho, Thailand - 83-85--168

Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. - 87-82--169

Frances Gacos, Flemington, N.J. - 82-87--169

Janice Roberts Wilson, Dade City, Fla. - 81-88--169

Annette Gaiotti, Salt Lake City, Utah - 87-82--169

Jennie Robinson, La Quinta, Calif. - 90-79--169

Debra Mielke, Mckinney, Texas - 85-84--169

Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 87-82--169

Robin Donnelley, Palm Beach, Fla. - 85-84--169

Marlene Summers, Montgomery, Texas - 80-90--170

Cynthia Friend, Lexington, Mass. - 88-82--170

Karla Murra, Sioux Falls, S.D. - 87-84--171

Deborah Jamgochian, Greenwich, Conn. - 87-84--171

Debbie Johnson, Stamford, Conn. - 87-84--171

Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 88-83--171

Marianne Towersey, Pebble Beach, Calif. - 84-88--172

Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. - 82-90--172

Teresa Cleland, Syracuse, N.Y. - 89-83--172

Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. - 87-85--172

Corrie Tayman, Bethesda, Md. - 86-87--173

Sherry Smith, Irvine, Calif. - 88-86--174

Jewell Malick, Rockwall, Texas - 90-84--174

Natalie McNicholas, Naples, Fla. - 87-87--174

Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis. - 85-89--174

Linda Weinstein, Northbrook, Ill. - 82-93--175

Barbara Byrnes, Mesa, Ariz. - 86-89--175

Kathy Glennon, St Albans, Mo. - 80-95--175

Brenda Williams, Minnetrista, Minn. - 85-92--177

Rosalie Kubesheski, Dubuque, Iowa - 85-92--177

Kelly Loeb, Tucson, Ariz. - 89-89--178

Christina Steffen, Amelia  Island, Fla. - 89-89--178

Olivia Slutzky, Newport Beach, Calif. - 89-89--178

Suzanne Kenkel, Dallas, Texas - 89-90--179

Phara Blair, Tualatin, Ore. - 89-90--179

Lenore Martinez, Kensington, Md. - 87-94--181

Karla M Sauerwein, O'Fallon, Mo. - 93-93--186

Martha Redfearn, Newport Beach, Calif. - 89-97--186

Debra Myers, Seattle, Wash. - 99-89--188

Geri Deville, La Habra, Calif. - 96-94--190