U.S. WOMEN'S MID-AMATEUR
Finalists Tale of the Tape: Shannon Johnson vs. Julia Potter
September 14, 2016 | Erie, Pa.
|Shannon Johnson||Julia Potter|
|Grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D.; currently resides in Norton, Mass.||Hometown||Grew up in Granger, Ind.; currently resides in Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Indiana University, 2006||Alma Mater||University of Missouri, 2011|
|Round of 16 (2014)||Best U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Finish||Won (2013)|
|Defeated 2014 champion and three-time finalist Margaret Shirley-Starosto, 6 and 5, in the quarterfinals.||Key Victory on the Road to Final||Rallied from 2 down with five holes to play to defeat Audrey Akins in 19 holes in the Round of 32.|
|Would become the fifth stroke-play medalist to win the championship, joining Carol Semple Thompson (1990), Ellen Port (2000), Julia Potter (2013) and Margaret Shirley-Starosto (2014).||With a Win on Thursday||Would become the fifth player to win the championship multiple times, joining Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1991, 1993, 1994), Carol Semple Thompson (1990, 1997), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011) and Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010, 2013). Would also become the fifth stroke-play medalist to win the championship.|
Has made match play in seven out of her nine USGA championship appearances.
|Notable||Competing in her third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur final in four years.|
Didn’t trail in any match until the seventh hole of the semifinals.
|Key Stat||Closed out three of five matches on No. 15. The other two went extra holes.|
“It's awesome. How often do the 1 and 2 seeds, co-medalists, get into the [final]? Obviously, Julia has an awesome game. She's been in the finals and won this thing. I said this morning I've come out here to play the best people, and I got to play Margaret [Shirley-Starosto] and now I get to play Julia.”
|Quotable||“I honestly think one of the reasons why I won in 2013 was I had no experience to go on. You just really enjoy the situation. It's really hard to get back to this position. I realized that last year when I didn't. Just really enjoy the moment.”|