U.S. WOMEN'S MID-AMATEUR
Shirley is U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Medalist September 6, 2014 By Christina Lance, USGA

Four-time U.S. Women's Mid-Am champ Meghan Stasi garnered one of the top seeds for match play. (USGA/Fred Vuich)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Margaret Shirley shot a 3-under-par 69 in Sunday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying and earned medalist honors in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,117-yard, par-72 Harbour Trees Golf Club.

Shirley, 28, of Atlanta, earned her first USGA stroke-play medal with a two-day total of 2-under 142. First-round leader Dawn Woodard, 40, of Greer, S.C., finished second at 143, followed by defending Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Julia Potter, 26, of Granger, Ind., at 144.

Shirley, Woodard and Potter ran away from the field, with the next-closest competitors finishing seven strokes behind the leading trio.

Shirley hit 15 greens in a round that featured four birdies to only one bogey. Her gap-wedge approach to No. 13 (her fourth hole) rolled within 1 foot of the hole for what she called a great birdie.

I had a really good day, said Shirley, a manager of Rules and competitions for Atlanta Junior Golf. I hit the ball really solid and made a couple good putts at the end. It was a solid round for sure.

Shirley’s bogey on the par-5 17th was her card’s only blemish, and it actually helped her club selection on No. 2.

After what I did on 17 by going long, I took one less club, said Shirley. That gap-wedge approach landed within 5 feet, and the Auburn University graduate was able to convert the short birdie putt.

As a former college player and coach, Shirley knows well the honor – and potential stigma – that comes with being medalist.

That’s pretty cool to have (medalist) next to your name, said Shirley, who fell in the 2013 final to Potter, who was also stroke-play medalist last year. I know that worked out really well for her. But I know it can also be a curse as well. Each day’s a new day, and you hope it’s going to be a long week.

Shirley’s 69 was the low round of the championship, and is tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score in championship history with eight other players. Woodard owns the record of 68, shot in 2005. Shirley’s 142 is tied with six others for the second-lowest 36-hole score in championship history, following Carol Semple Thompson’s 141 in 1993.

Despite holding the clubhouse lead by eight strokes after the morning wave, Woodard was not quite able to take medalist honors for the record-tying fourth time. Her up-and-down round included five birdies, offset by three bogeys and a double bogey on the par-3 fifth.

I hit the worst shot I hit today on 5, said Woodard, a mother of three who was previously medalist in 2006, 2007 and 2012. I think I just forgot to commit to that one. And thinking I had too much club, I quit on it a little.

Potter endured her own seesaw round, saying, My back nine was one colorful scorecard to say the least. That nine included an opening triple bogey on the par-4 10th, her first hole, along with an 87-yard hole-out for eagle on the par-4 13th.

The triple was a mixture of a bad swing and some bad mental mistakes. But you just have to move on, said Potter, the director of marketing and women’s golf for the Indiana Golf Office. I screamed (after the eagle) because honestly, that was really nice to have after a triple.

After making the turn at 3-over par, Potter played holes 1-9 in 3 under par to return an even-par 72. The 2009 University of Missouri graduate learned her lesson after playing to 1 over on the same stretch in her first round.

I didn’t play the front nine that great yesterday, so I took what I learned and applied it to today, said Potter. The big success was birdieing 6 instead of bogeying it like I did yesterday. That’s a two-shot swing.

Four-time champion Meghan Stasi, 36, of Oakland Park, Fla., and Katie Miller, 29, of Jeannette, Pa., tied for fourth at 7-over 151.

All five Hoosiers in the championship advanced to the match-play bracket in their home state. In addition to Potter, they are Julie Carmichael, 50, of Plainfield; Lisa Cook, 33, of Noblesville; Tobi Herron, 36, of Columbus; and Cara Stuckey, 34, of Terre Haute.

The cut came at 19-over 163, with a 5-for-4 playoff to determine the final match-play berths. Lisa McGill, Audrey Akins and Connie Isler advanced with par 4s on No. 10, while Rachel Smith made a bogey at the par-4 16th to take the final spot over Kristyl Sunderman.

Notables to miss the cut include 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team Captain Noreen Mohler (166), 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur medalist Brenda Pictor (166) and former USGA Executive Committee member Christie Austin (170).

The 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play. The championship is scheduled to conclude with an 18-hole final at 9 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

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. It is open to female amateur golfers who are at least 25 years of age.

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

Results

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,117-yard, par-72 Harbour Trees Golf Club:

Margaret Shirley, Atlanta, Ga. 73-69—142

Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. 71-72—143

Julia Potter, Granger, Ind. 72-72—144

Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. 77-74—151

Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa. 75-76—151

Mariko Makabe, Irvine, Calif. 73-79—152

Tara Joy-Connelly, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 75-77—152

Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. 73-79—152

Lynne Cowan, Rocklin, Calif. 74-78—152

Stacy Dennis, Huntsville, Texas 74-79—153

Shannon Johnson, Foxborough, Mass. 77-76—153

Christina Proteau, Canada 79-75—154

Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas 77-77—154

Sarah Matin, Winter Garden, Fla. 77-77—154

Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn. 76-78—154

Cara Stuckey, Terre Haute, Ind. 77-77—154

Tobi Herron, Columbus, Ind. 76-78—154

Mallory Hetzel, Waynesville, N.C. 77-77—154

Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. 81-75—156

Allison Mayborg, Cincinnati, Ohio 82-74—156

Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. 80-76—156

Wendi Golden, Bradenton, Fla. 81-75—156

Mercedes Huarte, Argentina 76-81—157

Sarah Davison, Choudrant, La. 79-78—157

Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. 82-75—157

Lynn Thompson, Cincinnati, Ohio 78-79—157

Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. 76-81—157

Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. 74-83—157

Kimberly Noonan, Austin, Texas 78-79—157

Charlotte Daughan, Orlando, Fla. 78-79—157

Liisa Kelo Escartin, Mexico 81-77—158

Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. 80-78—158

Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C. 78-80—158

Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. 79-79—158

Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. 80-79—159

Julie Carmichael, Plainfield, Ind. 81-78—159

Jane Chin, Mission Viejo, Calif. 81-78—159

Mina Hardin, La Quinta, Calif. 77-82—159

Kelly Wilson, Cameron Park, Calif. 77-82—159

Kay Daniel, Covington, La. 83-76—159

Amanda Jacobs, Seattle, Wash. 80-79—159

Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho 78-82—160

Kristen Obush, Greensburg, Pa. 81-79—160

Alyssa Roland, New York, N.Y. 79-81—160

Glynnis Price, Shiprock, N.M. 75-85—160

Amy Dickison, Rowley, Mass. 78-82—160

Midori Ishii, Torrance, Calif. 79-81—160

Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. 80-80—160

Renata Young, Walnut Creek, Calif. 82-78—160

Amy Loughney, Hoboken, N.J. 81-80—161

Lisa Cook, Noblesville, Ind. 80-81—161

Shannon Langhardt, Lakewood, Colo. 76-85—161

Julie Streng, Greensboro, N.C. 83-78—161

Stefi Markovich, Canada 84-78—162

Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio 79-83—162

Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas 78-84—162

Kim Braaten, Las Vegas, Nev. 83-79—162

Laura Carson, Lake Forest, Ill. 83-79—162

Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. 81-81—162

Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. 79-83—162

*Rachel Smith, Mansfield, Texas 85-78—163 (6, 5)

*Audrey Akins, Canada 84-79—163 (4)

*Connie Isler, Arlington, Va. 76-87—163 (4)

*Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. 81-82—163 (4)

Failed to Qualify (* = in a playoff)

*Kristyl Sunderman, Corona, Calif. 81-82—163 (6, 6)

Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 84-80—164

Kristen Wagner, Atlantic Beach, Fla. 80-84—164

Janet Moore, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. 84-80—164

Anna Morales, Austin, Texas 87-77—164

Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas 84-80—164

Jen Holland, Branford, Conn. 81-83—164

Helene Thoman, Sylvania, Ohio 81-83—164

Carrie Chambers, Dallas, Texas 81-84—165

Tanya Olson, Naperville, Ill. 86-79—165

Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. 83-82—165

Julie Murphy, Amherst, N.Y. 87-79—166

Jamie Hoffmann, Escondido, Calif. 83-83—166

Brooke Cooper, New York, N.Y. 84-82—166

Leslie Folsom, Seattle, Wash. 82-84—166

Joan Garety, Ada, Mich. 83-83—166

Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. 85-81—166

Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. 81-85—166

Toni Durr, Ada, Okla. 83-84—167

Courtney Tincher, Greenwich, Conn. 82-85—167

Teresa Cleland, Syracuse, N.Y. 86-81—167

Cecilia Fournil, Columbia, S.C. 82-85—167

Linda Pearson, Glendale, Calif. 85-83—168

Claudia Pilot, Lake Shore, Minn. 84-84—168

Danielle Davis, Saint Simons, Ga. 83-85—168

Denise Desilet, Wichita, Kan. 86-82—168

Taffy Brower, Boynton Beach, Fla. 83-85—168

Katie O'Donnell, Dallas, Texas 83-86—169

Julia Puscheck, Pismo Beach, Calif. 82-87—169

Molly Gorman, Forty Fort, Pa. 82-87—169

Katelynn Hogenson, Ames, Iowa 83-87—170

Marykay Thanos-Zordani, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 84-86—170

Carmen Titus, Kansas City, Mo. 86-84—170

Christie Austin, Denver, Colo. 87-83—170

Kelly Loeb, Tucson, Ariz. 83-88—171

Carol Martin, La Quinta, Calif. 83-88—171

Maureen Sheehan, Grayslake, Ill. 84-88—172

Alisha Matthews, St  Louis, Mo. 86-86—172

Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. 82-90—172

Lindsey Hughes, Plano, Texas 87-85—172

Maricel Manguinao, Somerset, N.J. 89-83—172

Eden Anderson, Oakland, Calif. 85-88—173

Dee Johnson, Perryville, Mo. 89-84—173

Anita Venner, Monrovia, Md. 82-92—174

Cindy Morris, Portsmouth, Va. 90-85—175

Meg Cavanaugh, Northbrook, Ill. 88-87—175

Blair Fraser, Boulder, Colo. 84-91—175

Eleanor Layton, Rochester, Minn. 90-86—176

Angelia Whitley Coleman, New Castle, Del. 90-86—176

Marlene Summers, Montgomery, Texas 90-86—176

Patti Feldman, Sands Point, N.Y. 86-91—177

Sue O'Connor, Scottsdale, Ariz. 86-91—177

Suzanne Stanley, Nashville, Tenn. 95-82—177

Char McLear, McHenry, Ill. 91-86—177

Ailam Newkirk, Corona Del Mar, Calif. 87-90—177

Jennifer Hays, Edmond, Okla. 90-88—178

Desiree Banlowe, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 95-84—179

Catherine Stypula, Boulder, Colo. 88-91—179

Laurie White, Carmel, N.Y. 87-95—182

Miki Gardner, Escondido, Calif. 98-85—183

Ann Brownfield, Thiensville, Wis. 91-92—183

Julie Robichaux, Kingwood, Texas 90-94—184

Deirdre Robertson, Iberia, Mo. 92-96—188

Lynn Fischer, Niwot, Colo. 94-96—190

Donna Tepper, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. 93-102—195

Toshiko Anan, San Gabriel, Calif. 97-100—197

Pairings

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Pairings for Monday’s first round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,117-yard, par-72 Harbour Trees Golf Club:

Upper Bracket

9 a.m. - Margaret Shirley, Atlanta, Ga. (142) vs. Rachel Smith, Mansfield, Texas (163)

9:10 a.m. - Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. (158) vs. Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C. (158)

9:20 a.m. - Cara Stuckey, Terre Haute, Ind. (154) vs. Renata Young, Walnut Creek, Calif. (160)

9:30 a.m. - Tobi Herron, Columbus, Ind. (154) vs. Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. (160)

9:40 a.m. - Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. (152) vs. Kim Braaten, Las Vegas, Nev. (162)

9:50 a.m. - Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. (157) vs. Kay Daniel, Covington, La. (159)

10 a.m. - Lynne Cowan, Rocklin, Calif. (152) vs. Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas (162)

10:10 a.m. - Sarah Davison, Choudrant, La. (157) vs. Amanda Jacobs, Seattle, Wash. (159)

10:20 a.m. - Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. (151) vs. Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. (163)

10:30 a.m. - Kimberly Noonan, Austin, Texas (157) vs. Julie Carmichael, Plainfield, Ind. (159)

10:40 a.m. - Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas (154) vs. Shannon Langhardt, Lakewood, Colo. (161)

10:50 a.m. - Allison Mayborg, Cincinnati, Ohio (156) vs. Glynnis Price, Shiprock, N.M. (160)

11 a.m. - Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa. (151) vs. Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. (162)

11:10 a.m. - Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (157) vs. Jane Chin, Mission Viejo, Calif. (159)

11:20 a.m. - Christina Proteau, Canada (154) vs. Julie Streng, Greensboro, N.C. (161)

11:30 a.m. - Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. (156) vs. Alyssa Roland, New York, N.Y. (160)    

Lower Bracket

11:40 a.m. - Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. (143) vs. Connie Isler, Arlington, Va. (163)

11:50 a.m. - Liisa Kelo Escartin, Mexico (158) vs. Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. (158)

12 p.m. - Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn. (154) vs. Amy Loughney, Hoboken, N.J. (161)

12:10 p.m. - Mallory Hetzel, Waynesville, N.C. (154) vs. Midori Ishii, Torrance, Calif. (160)

12:20 p.m. - Tara Joy-Connelly, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (152) vs. Laura Carson, Lake Forest, Ill. (162)

12:30 p.m. - Lynn Thompson, Cincinnati, Ohio (157) vs. Kelly Wilson, Cameron Park, Calif. (159)

12:40 p.m. - Stacy Dennis, Huntsville, Texas (153) vs. Suzi Spotleson, Canton, Ohio (162)

12:50 p.m. - Mercedes Huarte, Argentina (157) vs. Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho (160)

1 p.m. - Julia Potter, Granger, Ind. (144) vs. Audrey Akins, Canada (163)

1:10 p.m. - Charlotte Daughan, Orlando, Fla. (157) vs. Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (159)

1:20 p.m. - Sarah Matin, Winter Garden, Fla. (154) vs. Lisa Cook, Noblesville, Ind. (161)

1:30 p.m. - Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. (156) vs. Amy Dickison, Rowley, Mass. (160)

1:40 p.m. - Mariko Makabe, Irvine, Calif. (152) vs. Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. (162)

1:50 p.m. - Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. (157) vs. Mina Hardin, La Quinta, Calif. (159)

2 p.m. - Shannon Johnson, Foxborough, Mass. (153) vs. Stefi Markovich, Canada (162)

2:10 p.m. - Wendi Golden, Bradenton, Fla. (156) vs. Kristen Obush, Greensburg, Pa. (160)

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