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Championship Match: The Tale of the Tape

By Scott Lipsky, USGA

| Oct 7, 2015 | Choudrant, La.

Margaret Shirley (left) and Lauren Greenlief. (USGA/Matt Sullivan)

Lauren Greenlief Category
Margaret Shirley
Oakton, Va. Hometown Roswell, Ga.
25 Age 29
Unviersity of Virginia College Auburn University
Management Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group Occupation Executive Director, Atlanta Junior Golf
Eighth USGA championship. Best finish: Round of 16 in 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (With Abby Portyrata) USGA Experience 16th USGA championship. Best finish: Won, 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
First start (first year of eligibility) Women's Mid-Amateur Experience Fourth start. Best finish: Won, 2014
Won three consecutive Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Stroke Play championships (2009-11) Key Golf Accomplishment (Non-USGA) Three-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree while playing at Auburn
Round of 16: Defeated two-time Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist Tara Joy-Connelly, 4 and 3 Key Victory This Week Semifinals: Was 2 down to Christina Proteau through seven holes before winning 8, 9 and 11 to take the lead for good.
1 up, Quarterfinals vs. Mercedes Huarte Closest Match 1 up, Round of 32 vs. Amanda Jacobs
77 Holes Played in Match Play 80
31 Holes Won 29
12 Holes Lost 13
61 Holes Led 53
2 Holes Trailed 16
8-and-6 win over Whitney Britton was the largest margin of victory in a semifinal match in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history. Key Women's Mid-Amateur Stat First Women’s Mid-Amateur competitor in history to advance to the finals in three straight years.
Would become youngest champion in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history (25 years, 25 days), breaking record currently held by Sarah LeBrun Ingram (25 years, 3 months, 26 days). With a Win on Thursday Would become just the fourth player in history to win the championship in back-to-back years (Meghan Stasi: 2006-07; Ellen Port: 1995-96; Sarah LeBrun Ingram: 1993-94).
“I think it's good to have match-play rounds where you have to grind and you kind of feel the nerves over some of those putts and kind of get to feel that moment.” Quotable These greens [at Squire Creek Country Club] are the toughest I've ever putted on and hit second shots into, honestly. You can hit a great shot and be 15 feet away. I was scared to death on a 15-footer earlier today, uphill. It's just because if you hit it 2 feet past you're down another hill.”

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