For the next three weeks, thousands of golfers from around the country will put their daily lives on hold to pursue their dreams of winning USGA amateur championships. Here are nine things you need to know about the month ahead:
30th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, Sept. 10-15, The Kahkwa Club, Erie, Pa.
1.) Defending champion Lauren Greenlief, who defeated Margaret Shirley, 2 and 1, at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La., will defend her title at The Kahkwa Club, which has hosted two previous USGA championships, the 1971 U.S. Women’s Open (won by JoAnne Gunderson Carner) and the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Jane Park).
2.) Greenlief will be among four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champions in the field. She will be joined by 2009 champion Martha Leach, 2013 champion Julia Potter and Meghan Stasi, who won in 2006-07, 2010 and 2012. A win by Stasi would push her past Ellen Port, the only other four-time champion (1995-96, 2000, 2011)