U.S. WOMEN'S MID-AMATEUR
33rd U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur: Inside the Field
September 11, 2019 | Flagstaff, Ariz.
By Amy Morton, USGA
The 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be conducted Sept. 14-19 on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz. This will be the fourth championship for the club, and second on the Meadow Course, following the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior won by Princess Mary Superal. Find out more about the field of 132 competitors who will be vying to engrave their name on the Mildred Prunaret Trophy.
The average age of the 132 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur competitors is 38.9 years old.
Brooke Kochevar, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., is the championship’s youngest competitor. She turned 25 on July 18. She is one of seven competitors in the field who are 25 years old. The championship’s oldest competitor is Jewell Malick, of Heath, Texas, who is 70 years old.
Jessica Smith, of Grand Junction, Colo., will celebrate her 34th birthday during the championship (Sept. 16).
Field by age:
Age 25-29, 38 players
Age 30-39, 42 players
Age 40-49. 24 players
Age 50-59, 21 players
Age 60-70, 7 players
There are 8 countries represented in the championship: United States (120), Canada (4), Mexico (2), Singapore (2), Thailand (2), Australia (1), Czech Republic (1) and Republic of Ireland (1)
There are 31 states represented in the championship: California (19), Texas (12), Georgia (7), Florida (6), Massachusetts (6), Pennsylvania (6), Colorado (5), Missouri (5), North Carolina (5), Virginia (5), Illinois (5), Minnesota (4), New Jersey (4), Michigan (3), Oregon (3), South Carolina (3), Wisconsin (3), Arizona (2), Idaho (2), Kentucky (2), New York (2), Alabama (1), Hawaii (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Ohio (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1) and Vermont (1)
There are 11 USGA champions in the field:
- Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah (2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Lauren Greenlief, 29, of Ashburn, Va. (2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Shannon Johnson, 36, of Norton, Mass. (2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and 2012, 2013, 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind. (2013 and 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Cindy Scholefield McConnell, 59, of Bishop, Calif. (1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Anna Schultz, 64, of Heath, Texas (2007 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Margaret Starosto, 33, of Woodstock, Ga. (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Meghan Stasi, 41, of Oakland Park, Fla. (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Corey Weworski, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif. (2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
There are 12 USGA runners-up in the field:
- Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah (2018 U.S. Women’s Mid- Amateur)
- Mary Jane Hiestand, 60, of Naples, Fla. (2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Shannon Johnson, 36, of Norton, Mass. (2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky. (2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Ina Kim-Schaad, 35, of New York, N.Y. (2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior)
- Pamela Kuong, 58, of Wellesley Hills, Mass. (2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
- Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind. (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 43, of Cave Creek, Ariz. (2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Anna Schultz, 64, of Heath, Texas (2006 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur; 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Margaret Starosto, 33, of Woodstock, Ga. (2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
- Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia (2018, 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
Three players have represented the USA in the Curtis Cup Match:
- Cindy Scholefield McConnell, 59, of Bishop, Calif. (1988)
- Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (1994 and 1996, Captain in 2014)
- Meghan Stasi, 41, of Oakland Park, Fla. (2008)
Sixty-four players competed in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: Gina Bamberger, Kim Benedict, Erin Bradford, Megan Buck, Michelle Butler, Kelsey Chugg, Clare Connolly, Susan Curtin, Kay Daniel, Danielle Davis, Ericka Diaz, Kayla Eckelkamp, Katie Elliot-Johnson, Ashley Freeman, Sarah Gallagher, Lauren Greenlief, Hilary Hall, Marilyn Hardy, Mary Jane Hiestand, Julia Hodgson, Deb Jackson, Amanda Jacobs, Michelle Jarman, Gretchen Johnson, Shannon Johnson, Tara Joy-Connelly, Ina Kim-Schaad, Katie Kirk, Martha Leach, Hillary Lilya, Martha Linscott, Marissa Mar, Paige McCullough, Heather McGinnis, Courtney McKim, Katie Miller, Meghan Moake, Janet Moore, Erin Packer, Tina Papatolis, Samantha Perrotta, Brenda Pictor, Ellen Port, Julia Potter-Bobb, Christina Proteau, Kelli Pry, Emily Rapp, Allison Schultz, Anna Schultz, Maki Schultz, Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Kristin Shifflett, Karen Siegel, Margaret Starosto, Meghan Stasi, Courtney Stiles, Kristyl Sunderman, Camry Tardy, Carmen Titus, Lea Venable, Heather Wall, Corey Weworski, Cathleen Wong, Dawn Woodard
One player competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.:
- Shannon Johnson, 36, of Norton, Mass. (MC)
Eight players competed in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.:
- Lynne Cowan, 56, of Rocklin, Calif. (MC)
- Kim Eaton, 60, of Mesa, Ariz. (MC)
- Marilyn Hardy, 58, of Magnolia, Texas (MC)
- Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky. (MC)
- Brenda Pictor, 64, of Marietta, Ga. (MC)
- Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (T-40)
- Susan West, 55, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. (MC)
- Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia (MC)
Six players competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.:
- Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah (MC)
- Whitney French, 29, of Monarch Beach, Calif. (MC)
- Lauren Greenlief, 29, of Ashburn, Va. (MC)
- Shannon Johnson, 36, of Norton, Mass. (MC)
- Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind. (Round of 64)
- Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia (MC)
Twenty-two players competed in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Joanne Adams, Denise Callahan, Lynne Cowan, Kim Eaton, Patricia Ehrhart, Marilyn Hardy, Mary Jane Hiestand, Pamela Kuong, Jessica Lederhauser, Martha Leach, Maggie Leef, Cindy McConnell, Janet Moore, Heidi Person, Ellen Port, Sue Sardi, Anna Schultz, Karen Siegel, Susan West, Corey Weworski, Caryn Wilson, Sue Wooster
Eighteen players competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball: Megan Buck, Kelsey Chugg, Kay Daniel, Whitney French, Lauren Greenlief, Amanda Jacobs, Gretchen Johnson, Shannon Johnson, Melissa Loh, Marissa Mar, Cindy McConnell, Mari Miezwa, Katie Miller, Julia Potter-Bobb, Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Meghan Stasi, Lila Thomas, Dawn Woodard
Danielle Aimee, 43, of Bonita Springs, Fla., won Golf Channel’s The Big Break III, a golf reality television series that aired in 2005. Aimee played professionally for 10 years on various tours after graduating from Long Beach State in 1998. She made a return to golf this year after more than a decade away from competition and qualified for her first USGA championship.
Ashleigh Albrecht-Hatton, 28, of Murrieta, Calif., was reinstated as an amateur in 2019 after six years on the LPGA Symetra Tour. Albrecht-Hatton, a former University of Kentucky golfer, competed in the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Women’s Opens.
Gina Bamberger, 28, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is competing in her second U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur after reaching the Round of 64 last year. Bamberger, a former San Diego State golfer, works as a pro shop assistant at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati. Her father, Bob Clark, won the 1969 NCAA Division I golf championship as an All-American for California State University (Los Angeles).
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Kim Benedict, 38, of Bonita Springs, Fla., is competing in her sixth USGA championship, advancing to the Round of 32 in the last three U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Benedict, who played at the University of Michigan, teaches at Gulf Coast High School, where she is also the boys’ golf coach. In 2017, she led the Gulf Coast team to its first state golf championship and was named the Florida Boys Coach of the Year.
Megan Buck, 31, of Easton, Mass., caddied for friend and four-ball partner Shannon Johnson at the 2016 and 2017 Women’s Mid-Amateurs. She qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur last year, reaching match play, and will compete in her second this year. Buck, a club fitter at a golf performance center, played at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur championship in her first appearance, defeating Mary Jane Hiestand in the final, 3 and 1. Last year, she finished runner-up to Shannon Johnson at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. She will be playing in her 13th USGA championship and third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Chugg, a four-time Utah Women’s State Amateur champion (2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017), is the associate director of the Salt Lake City golf division. Earlier this year she joined forces with fellow U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Julia Potter-Bobb to earn the No. 3 seed and make the Round of 32 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Clare Connolly, 26, of Chevy Chase, Md., is competing in her fourth USGA championship and second U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Connolly, a former caddie at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., site of the 2011 U.S. Open, now works in the golf and tennis division of Maui Jim sunglasses. The youngest of 11 children, Connolly played at Saint Leo University in Florida. She won the 2017 Maryland State Women’s Amateur.
Lynne Cowan, 56, of Rocklin, Calif., has competed in 16 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships and was a semifinalist in 2008. Cowan is a four-time winner of the California Women’s Amateur Championship and a three-time winner of the California Senior Women’s Amateur. She works as a sales rep for a golf company and recently won the 2019 Northern California Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur title.
Susan Curtin, 49, of Westwood, Mass., served as a third-class petty officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for five years. Curtin played her collegiate golf at Brigham Young University before graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. She was named the 2017 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Player of the Year and competed in the last three U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championships.
Kay Daniel, 47, of Covington, La., was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and is competing in her 12th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Daniel is a 10-time Louisiana Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and captured the Louisiana Women’s Amateur title in 2005. Her son, Nicklaus, is a member of the Louisiana Tech men’s golf team, while her daughter, Abbey, followed in her footsteps and joined the Mississippi State women’s golf team this fall. Kay and Abbey played together in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, reaching the Round of 32.
Ashley Freeman, 31, of Houston, Texas, is a tax manager in a wealth company’s personal finance division. She was an honorable mention All-American and All-Big 12 Conference selection at Texas A&M University, where she earned a degree in accounting. She then attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Freeman advanced to match play in three consecutive U.S. Girls’ Juniors (2003-05) and recorded a hole-in-one during the first round of match play in 2004.
Whitney French, 28, of Monarch Beach, Calif., an operations manager for an IT consulting company, is playing in her 11th USGA championship. Her highest finish came in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, when she lost to eventual champion Lauren Greenlief in the semifinals. Earlier this year, French played in her third U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with her sister, Avery, where they advanced to the quarterfinals.
Lauren Greenlief, 29, of Ashburn, Va., became the youngest winner (25 years, 25 days) of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur when she defeated Margaret (Shirley) Starosto, 2 and 1, in 2015. She was a quarterfinalist at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur in St. Louis, Mo. Greenlief, a management consultant, also reached the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Alexandra Austin, and last August became the first mid-amateur (25 and older) in 12 years to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. A former walk-on at the University of Virginia, Greenlief earned three varsity letters from 2010-12. Greenlief advanced to the Round of 32 of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Katie Miller.
Mary Jane Hiestand, 60, of Naples, Fla., has competed in 48 USGA championships and is playing in her 21st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She was the runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club. Hiestand, who was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2004, struck the first tee shot in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Bandon Dunes in 2015, and also played in last year’s inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, marking her fourth appearance in a USGA inaugural championship – 1987 Women’s Mid-Amateur, the 1995 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, the 2015 Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the 2018 Senior Women’s Open. She recently won the 2019 Women’s Southern Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship.
Amanda Jacobs, 31, of Portland, Ore., is a contractor for a family-owned heating and cooling company. She also spent two years in Japan teaching English in an exchange program. Jacobs, who earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors at the University of Idaho, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. She has competed in nine USGA championships, including the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball earlier this year.
Gretchen Johnson, 33, of Portland, Ore., has run in 10 marathons, including four Boston Marathons. She combines running and golf by competing in the Speedgolf World Championship. Johnson won the 2014 and 2015 events, shooting a 12-over 84 in just over 55 minutes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Dunes course) in 2014 and a 14-over 86 in 52 minutes at The Glen Club in Illinois in 2015. Johnson was a semifinalist in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Shannon Johnson, 36, of Sioux Falls, S.D., is the defending champion after claiming the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur title at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Johnson, a field representative for a major golf manufacturer, is competing in her 18th USGA championship. She finished runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. During the winter months, Johnson plays ice hockey. Earlier this year, Johnson played in her second U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championship with Megan Buck. They advanced to the Round of 32.
Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky., earned low-amateur honors in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year at Chicago Golf Club, where she tied for 10th at 6-over 298. Leach is no stranger to USGA championships as she has competed in 30 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, winning the title in 2009. She was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2018. Her husband, John, a golf instructor who was named 2018 Kentucky PGA Teacher of the Year, had triple bypass surgery in January, then caddied for Martha at the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Southern Pines, N.C. Leach’s sister is World Golf Hall of Famer and six-time USGA champion Hollis Stacy. Leach and Stacy are one of two sister tandems to be USGA champions, joining Harriot and Margaret Curtis.
Marissa Mar, 27, of San Francisco, Calif., was a semifinalist at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, losing to eventual champion Kelsey Chugg, 3 and 1. Mar, who works in corporate development for a financial services company, played her collegiate golf at Stanford University from 2010-2014. She advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with partner Lila Barton. Her mother, Gigi, was an All-America gymnast at UCLA and a 1984 Olympian for Team Canada.
Courtney McKim, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, falling to eventual runner-up Mary Jane Hiestand, in 19 holes. McKim was a member of Alabama’s 2012 NCAA Championship women’s golf team after transferring from Oklahoma State. She handles real estate and purchasing for a medical products company. McKim is competing in her 11th USGA event and her fifth Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Katie Miller, 34, of Jeannette, Pa., has worked in various industries, including sports television reporting on the professional and college levels, her family-owned Dairy Queen franchises, as a model for an athletic apparel brand, and in sales for a mobile solutions company. A former All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at the University of North Carolina, Miller competed on the LPGA Futures (now Symetra) Tour before regaining her amateur status in 2013. She has played in five U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2016.
Janet Moore, 55, of Centennial, Colo., and her husband, Kent, met on a driving range over 30 years ago and would later serve as the women’s and men’s golf coaches, respectively, at Wheaton (Ill.) College from 2011-2015. She was enshrined in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Janet serves as a case-appointed special advocate and works with neglected/abused children who are going through the court system. She has competed in 30 USGA championships, including 17 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs.
Christina Proteau (medalist) of British Columbia and Tina Papatolis of Issaquah are headed to the #USWomensMidAm Championship after advancing through today’s @USGA USGA qualifier from @kitsap_golf.— Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) (@theWSGA) August 14, 2019
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Tina Papatolis, 43, of Canada, was an accomplished softball player before taking up golf in her 30s. Papatolis played collegiate softball at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where she was a first-team All American and helped lead the Terriers to a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) title in 1999. She was also a member of the Canadian Women’s Senior National Softball Development Team for two years.
Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo., has won three U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs (2012, 2013, 2016) and four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs (1996, 1996, 2000, 2011), and has represented the USA in the Curtis Cup twice (1994 and 1996) and captained the team to victory in 2014 at St. Louis Country Club in her hometown. Port is seeking an eighth USGA title, which would tie JoAnne Carner for the most by a female player and also tie her with Jack Nicklaus. Only Bob Jones and Tiger Woods have won more USGA championships, with nine apiece. Last year, she became the second-oldest player to make match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She recently won the 2019 North & South Senior Women’s Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.
Julia Potter-Bobb, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind., is a two-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2013, 2016) and is one of two left-handed golfers to hold multiple USGA titles (the second is Erica Shepherd). Potter, a University of Missouri graduate, won the 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2015 Indiana Women’s Amateur and 2016 Indiana Women’s Open championships. She currently serves as the director of member services for the Indiana Golf Office and was a 2008 P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Missouri Golf Association. Potter was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager and underwent the same back surgery as LPGA star Stacy Lewis. Earlier this year she teamed up with Kelsey Chugg for the first time to earn the No. 3 seed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, where they advanced to the Round of 32.
Sue Sardi, 63, of Skillman, N.J., is competing in her fifth USGA championship. Sardi took up golf after a career as a fashion designer. A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, she created couture evening designs and sold them to major retailers in the U.S., Europe and Hong Kong, which landed her feature stories in People Magazine and the New York Times.
Allison Schultz, 27, of Madison, Wis., competed as a member of the McGing Irish Dancers for 12 years on the regional, national and world levels. The group took first-place honors for choreography in the All-Ireland Irish Dance and Midwest Oireachtas championships. Schultz, who is playing in her third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, was a member of the University of Toledo golf team and now works as an account manager for an insurance company.
Anna Schultz, 64 of Heath, Texas, won the 2007 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort’s Meadows Course, defeating Robyn Puckett in 20 holes in the championship match. Schultz was runner-up in the 2006 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and the 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.
Four women just earned their spots in the #USWomensMidAm at Forest Highlands Golf Club.— Arizona Golf Association (@AZGOLFassoc) August 14, 2019
Kim Eaton (73)
Mari Miezwa (78)
Thuhashini Selvaratnam (78)
Katerina Prorokova (79)
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Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 43, of Sri Lanka, was the runner-up to Meghan Stasi in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. At age 12, she won the Sri Lanka Amateur, earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest to claim a national championship. Selvaratnam, who is the co-head girls’ golf coach at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., has competed in 35 USGA championships, including 14 Women’s Mid-Amateurs.
Meghan Stasi, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012) who represented the USA in the 2008 Curtis Cup Match on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, where she got engaged to her husband, Danny, on the iconic Swilcan Bridge. She also served as the head women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi from 2000-07. A Tulane University graduate, Meghan and her husband own a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. She was a quarterfinalist in last year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Susan West, 55, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a member of the University of Alabama's women's tennis team from 1982-1986. She is a United States Tennis Association national champion, ranking in the top two in doubles and the top 10 in singles. A torn ACL shifted West's focus to golf. West, who advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, was the first recipient of the Tuscaloosa PGA Professionals of Tuscaloosa County Player of the Year Award in 2010 and was also the inaugural recipient of the Alabama Golf Association Senior Golfer of the Year Award in 2017. West is a retired CEO of the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission.
Corey Weworski, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif., won the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, posting a 5-and-3 victory over Virginia Grimes in the final. She has played in over 40 USGA championships. Weworski won the California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship for the third time in 2019. Her son, Tyler, has competed on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Caryn Wilson, 58, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., is the second woman in history to compete in United States Open championships for both golf and tennis, joining Althea Gibson. A three-time tennis All-American at Stanford University, she played professionally in the mid-1980s competing at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open and reaching a world ranking of No. 124. After her tennis career, Wilson competed in the 1999 and 2009 U.S. Women’s Opens. She traveled the country in an RV with her husband, Stan, and their golden retriever for 10 years in the early 2000’s while competing on professional golf tours.
Dawn Woodard, 45, of Greenville, S.C., is a consultant who assists individual golfers and teams with enhancing performance. A five-time South Carolina Women’s Amateur champion, Woodard has competed in over 30 USGA championships. She has played in 17 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and is a three-time medalist (2006, 2007, 2012), reaching the quarterfinals in 2007 and 2009. She earned all-region and all-conference recognition at Furman University and helped the Paladins advance to four NCAA tournaments (1993-96).
Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia, finished runner-up to Lara Tennant in both the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships. It marked only the fourth time in history that there has been a rematch in a USGA championship final in consecutive years. Wooster made the cut in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, finishing in a tie for 40th. She has moved on to match play in every U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in which she has competed. In 2018, she won the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur, the Australian Senior Women’s Amateur and the North & South Senior Women’s Amateur.