The average age of the Women’s Mid-Amateur competitors is 42.45 years old.
The youngest player in the championship is Lauren Greenlief, of Oakton, Va., who turned 25 on Sept. 13. There are 11 other players in their first year of championship eligibility: Whitney Britton, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Eleana Collins, of Baltimore, Md.; Amanda Dixon, of Hillsboro, Ohio; Kathryn Hauff, of Fargo, N.D.; Morgan Jackson, of Seminole, Fla.; Katie Jorgensen, of Exeter, Neb.; Lauren Kuss, of Zionsville, Ind.; Courtney McKim, of Raleigh, N.C.; Dani Mullin, of West Islip, N.Y.; Kristin Paulson, of Pella, Iowa; and Casey Ward, of Canada.
Taffy Brower, 70, of Boynton Beach, Fla., is the oldest player in the championship. Brower was also the oldest player in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, as well as the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball.
There are six countries represented in the championship: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Peru, Sri Lanka and the United States of America.
There are 36 states represented in the championship: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
There are eight USGA champions in the field:
- Carolyn Creekmore, 63, of Dallas, Texas (2004 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Robin Donnelley, 62, of Palm Beach, Fla. (1989 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Mina Hardin, 55, of La Quinta, Calif. (2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Martha Leach, 53, of Hebron, Ky. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Julia Potter, 27, of Granger, Ind. (2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Margaret Shirley, 29, of Roswell, Ga. (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Meghan Stasi, 37, of Oakland Park, Fla. (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Corey Weworski, 53, of Carlsbad, Calif. (2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
There are 10 USGA runners-up in the field:
- Robin Burke, 53, of Houston, Texas (1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur)
- Patricia Cornett, 61, of Mill Valley, Calif. (1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Carolyn Creekmore (2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Robin Donnelley (1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Alexandra Frazier, 57, of Conshohocken, Pa. (2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Mina Hardin (2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur; 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Martha Leach (2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Julia Potter (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 39, of Sri Lanka (2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Margaret Shirley (2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
Six players were members of victorious teams in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship:
- Taffy Brower (Florida, 1999)
- Robin Donnelley (Florida, 1999)
- Leigh Klasse, 56, of Woodbury, Minn. (2001)
- Thuhashini Selvaratnam (Arizona, 2007)
- Margaret Shirley (Georgia, 2015)
- Lynn Thompson, 57, of Cincinnati, Ohio (2003)
Four players have represented the USA in the Curtis Cup Match:
- Robin Burke (1998, captain 2016)
- Patricia Cornett (1978, 1988, captain 2012)
- Robin Donnelley (1990, 1992, 2000)
- Meghan Stasi (2008)
Notable Player Bios
Debbie Adams, 48, of Asheville, N.C., has represented the United States in the International Maccabiah Games, held every four years in Israel. She is a first-degree black belt in kobudo and a second-degree black belt in karate.
Eden Anderson, 37, of Oakland, Calif., is an attorney for Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She went to Cal-Berkeley for undergrad and law school and is an accomplished amateur in Northern California, winning the 2001 San Francisco City Amateur Championship as well as the 1996 Santa Cruz City Amateur. She is also a five-time club champion at Claremont Country Club, where she holds the course record at 69. She has competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championships. She once shot a 72 at 41 weeks pregnant, one week after her due date.
Marcy Austin, 51, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., is a former stage actress in the Los Angeles area. She won a best supporting actress award for her role in a comedy called “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” A column in the Los Angeles Times once described her as a combination of Lucille Ball and Gracie Allen. She also appeared in a skit on “The Tracy Ullman Show” with 1980 U.S. Women’s Open champion Amy Alcott. Her husband played bass for the band Spiral Starecase, which sang the hit song “More Today Than Yesterday,” which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1969. Her 11-year-old son is an actor and has appeared in commercials with Jill Hennessy and New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. She once interviewed Mark McGwire when working as a sports reporter in Las Vegas in 1988.
Marie Bos, 29, of New York, N.Y., made her first hole-in-one this year, acing the 10th hole on the Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes during the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Her ace was No. 2 on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays of the week, behind only a Derrick Rose game-winning shot in the NBA Playoffs.
Taffy Brower, 70, of Boynton Beach, Fla., once played with legendary players JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Louise Suggs and Marlene Stewart Streit. She has competed in 50 USGA championships, and was inducted into the Florida State Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Robin Burke, 53, of Houston, Tex., is the 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up, three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinalist and a member of the victorious 1998 USA Curtis Cup Team. She will captain the 2016 USA Curtis Cup Team. She has also competed in three U.S. Women’s Opens. Burke is married to two-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke Jr. The Burkes own Houston’s famed Champions Golf Club, where Robin Burke serves as vice president.
Tama Caldabaugh, 51, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is an ovarian cancer survivor who played golf within a month of her final chemotherapy treatment in May 2013, then finished seventh in that September’s Florida State Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. She is on the board of directors for the Florida State Golf Association and volunteers as a certified Rules official for the FSGA.
Julie Carmichael, 51, of Plainfield, Ind., is a noted healthcare and real estate executive and strategist in the Hoosier State. Along with her father, 1961 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist and former Indiana University golf coach Sam Carmichael, she owns the Martinsville (Ind.) Golf Club. Carmichael won the 1986 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship while attending Stanford University. She was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 and has won numerous Indiana Golf Association and Indiana Women’s Golf Association championships.
Lisa Cook, 34, of Noblesville, Ind., is married to 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Kenny Cook. She and her husband have competed in the Women’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Amateur in the same year on three occasions: 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Patricia Cornett, 61, of Mill Valley, Calif., runs the educational programs at the University of California-San Francisco. She helped establish a VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at UCSF, one of five programs in the country. She is the 1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up and competed on three USA Curtis Cup Teams, serving as the captain in 2012.
Lynne Cowan, 52, of Rocklin, Calif., is a four-time California Women’s Amateur champion (1999, 2000, 2005 and 2007) and two-time California Senior Women’s Amateur champion (2014 and 2015). In 2015, she was recognized by the Northern California Golf Association as one of the 10 greatest players in Northern California golf history – the only career amateur on a prestigious list that includes Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst. At age 18, Cowan was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis, and credits golf with keeping her limber.
Carolyn Creekmore, 63, of Dallas, Texas, is the 2004 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion and a member of both the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame and Texas Golf Hall of Fame. She raises horses on a farm. Her grandfather, Steve Creekmore Sr., was a quarterback for the University of Arkansas, leading the team to an undefeated season in 1909. She tore her rotator cuff in 2014 and had to take the entire year off from playing golf.