U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR FOUR-BALL
6th U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball: Inside the Field
April 21, 2021 | Liberty Corner, N.J.
By Joey Geske and Amy Morton, USGA
Sixty-four teams (or sides), a total of 128 golfers, have assembled at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, to compete in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Here is a closer look at the field:
Youngest Competitors: Gianna Clemente (13, born 3-23-2008), Avery Zweig (14, born 1-27-2007), Chloe Kovelesky (14, born 1-25-2007), Varsha Ramachandran (14, born 1-4-2007)
Oldest Competitors: Ellen Port (59, born 9-21-1961), Lara Tennant (54, born 12-12-1966), Kelly Wilson (47, born 9-5-1973), Dawn Woodard (46, born 8-19-1974)
Average Age of Field: 20.5
Field breakdown by age:
Age 14-20: 94 golfers
Age 21-25: 15 golfers
Age 26-30: 8 golfers
Age 31-35: 3 golfers
Age 36-40: 1 golfer
Age 41-60: 7 golfers
Oldest Sides: Ellen Port (59) & Lara Tennant (54); Dawn Woodard (46) & Meghan Stasi (42), Shelly Edwards (44) & Erin Houtsma (41); Kelly Wilson (47) & Clare Sorensen (27); Kim Benedict (39) & Kelli Pry (32)
Youngest Sides: Gianna Clemente (13) & Avery Zweig (14); Angelina Kim (14) & Claire Lu (14); Darla May Dela Torre (14) & Varsha Ramachandran (14)
U.S. States Represented – There are 32 states represented in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball: California (19), Florida (13), Texas (12), Georgia (5), Pennsylvania (5), New Jersey (4), Washington (4), Colorado (3), Kansas (3), Massachusetts (3), New York (3), Oregon (3), Arizona (2), Illinois (2), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (2), Ohio (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Arkansas (1), Hawaii (1), Iowa (1), Idaho (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Mississippi (1), Nebraska (1), Oklahoma (1), Virginia (1)
International – There are seven countries represented in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball: United States (109), Mexico (9), Canada (4), Spain (3), Colombia (1), France (1), India (1)
USGA Champions (4): Lauren Greenlief (2015 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur & 2012, 2013, 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Lara Tennant (2018, 2019 Senior Women’s Amateur)
USGA Runners-Up (6): Jillian Bourdage (2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball), Sammi Lee (2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball), Alexa Pano (2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Ellen Port (2002 U.S. Women’s Mid-Am), Mary Ellen Shuman (2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball), Casey Weidenfeld (2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball)
Curtis Cup (2): Ellen Port (1994, 1996; captain, 2014), Meghan Stasi (2008)
Drive, Chip & Putt National Champions (3): Emerson Blair (2016), Alexa Pano (2016, 2017), Yana Wilson (2019, 2021)
Most U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Appearances (2021 included): Lauren Greenlief (6), Katie Miller (6), Meghan Stasi (6), Dawn Woodard (6), Melena Barrientos (3), Sarah Beqaj (3), Jillian Bourdage (3), Sammi Lee (3), Katherine Muzi (3), Alexa Pano (3), Mary Ellen Shuman (3), Britta Snyder (3), Camry Tardy (3), Karoline Tuttle (3), Casey Weidenfeld (3), Avery Zweig (3)
Players from Texas (12): Savannah Barber (Fort Worth), Melena Barrientos (Plano), Tiffany Cao (Midlothian), Lauren Cox (Orange), Kyle Fraser (Fort Worth), Reagan Gray (Missouri City), Hanna Harrison (Dallas), Jacqueline Nguyen (Houston), Chelsea Romas (Coppell), Camry Tardy (Arlington), Samantha Vodry (Little Elm), Avery Zweig (McKinney)
College Teammates (Current, Former or Future):
Evelyn Arguelles & Hanna Harrison (Dallas Baptist)
Jensen Castle & Marissa Wenzler (Kentucky)
Daniela Chipchase & Naomi Ramirez Aizawa (UTEP)
Ashley Chow & Katie James (SMU)
Lauren Cox & Katie Finley (North Texas)
Bailey Dunstan & Kelley Topiwala (Samford)
Oihana Etxezarreta & Anna Kittelson (Delaware)
Laney Frye & Maria Villanueva (Kentucky)
Madelyn Gamble & Hannah Harrison (Washington State)
Ami Gianchandani & Kaitlyn Lee (Yale)
Sarah Kahn & Samantha Vodry (High Point)
Chloe Lauer & Myah McDonald (New Mexico)
Taylor Ledwein & Megan Welch (Bradley)
Sammi Lee & Mary Ellen Shuman (Georgia)
Kaitlyn Lees & Samantha Yao (Dartmouth)
Angel Lin & Bibilani Liu (Boston College)
Carlota Palacios & Jennifer Rosenberg (Tulane)
Sides Who Played in 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (8): Sarah Beqaj & Britta Snyder (Round of 32), Jillian Bourdage & Casey Weidenfeld (runners-up), Thienna Huynh & Sara Im (quarterfinals), Lauren Greenlief & Katie Miller (Round of 32), Sammi Lee & Mary Ellen Shuman (MC), Sophie Linder & Karoline Tuttle (Round of 16), Gabrielle Shieh & Anne Walsh (MC), Sophie Simon & Rebecca Skoler (DQ), Meghan Stasi & Dawn Woodard (MC)
Individuals Played in 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (27): Melena Barrientos, Sarah Beqaj, Jillian Bourdage, Bailey Dunstan, Madelyn Gamble, Paris Hilinski, Thienna Huynh, Sara Im, Sammi Lee, Sophie Linder, Riana Mission, Lauryn Nguyen, Alexa Pano, Megan Propeck, Alexa Saldana, Kaitlyn Schroeder, Gabrielle Shieh, Mary Ellen Shuman, Sophie Simon, Rebecca Skoler, Britta Snyder, Meghan Stasi, Karoline Tuttle, Anne Walsh, Casey Weidenfeld, Dawn Woodard, Avery Zweig
Played in 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur (13): Jillian Bourdage, Jensen Castle, Lauren Cox, Ami Gianchandani, Lauren Greenlief, Paris Hilinski, Alexa Pano, Ellen Port, Amanda Sambach, Meghan Stasi, Grace Summerhays, Anika Varma, Marissa Wenzler
Played in 2019 U.S. Women’s Open (2): Paris Hilinski, Alexa Pano
Played in 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open (2): Ellen Port, Lara Tennant
Played in 2019 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (10): Kim Benedict, Erin Houtsma, Lauren Greenlief, Noelle Maertz, Katie Miller, Ellen Port, Kelli Pry, Meghan Stasi, Camry Tardy, Dawn Woodard
Played in 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (2): Ellen Port, Lara Tennant
Played in 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior (17): Malena Barrientos, Brooke Biermann, Jillian Bourdage, Jensen Castle, Laney Frye, Madelyn Gamble, Rylie Heflin, Julia Misemer, Katherine Muzi, Alexa Pano, Megan Propeck, Amanda Sambach, Hailey Schalk, Grace Summerhays, Alexa Udom, Annika Varma, Samantha Yao
Emerson Blair, 14, of West Point, Miss., & Anna Heck, 16, of Memphis, Tenn.
Blair was a Drive, Chip & Putt national champion in 2016, winning her age group at Augusta National as a 9-year-old. Her list of 2020 victories includes the Mississippi Junior Amateur Championship in Meridian and the Mississippi Women’s Four-Ball in Hattiesburg. Heck, a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Memphis, is the third member of her family to play in a USGA championship. Her sister Abby is a senior on the Notre Dame women’s golf team, and sister Rachel is a freshman on the Stanford women’s golf team. Rachel made the cut at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and was a semifinalist in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball.
Jillian Bourdage, 19, of Tamarac, Fla., & Casey Weidenfeld, 18, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Bourdage and Weidenfeld came up just short of a USGA title in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball when they fell to Megan Furtney and Erica Shepherd in the final match. They are returning for their third straight start together in this championship. Bourdage, a freshman at Ohio State, was runner-up in the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior at SentryWorld, falling to Lei Ye, 1 up, in the final match. She also is a budding pilot. Weidenfeld, who plans to enroll at Auburn University in the fall, won the 2020 AJGA Girls Championship and was runner-up in the Florida Girls’ Junior Championship. She is a passionate writer who has published two books, “The Golden Flares” and “The Mark of the Chosen,” with the third book of the trilogy in the editing stages.
Samantha Brown, 15, of Westfield, Ind., & Michaela Headlee, 15, of Carmel, Ind.
Brown and Headlee teamed up after competing against each other in a number of Indiana golf events. Headlee, a freshman at Carmel High School, was the individual runner-up in the Indiana girls state finals last October. Brown, a freshman at Westfield High School, is the granddaughter of 1959 PGA champion and longtime ABC golf analyst Bob Rosburg, who famously defeated Ty Cobb in the club championship at The Olympic Club as a 12-year-old and had two runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open.
Sydney Bryan, 18, of Mesa, Ariz., & Grace Summerhays, 16, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Summerhays won the 2020 Utah Women’s Amateur, becoming the youngest winner in the event’s 114-year history, and also made headlines last summer after shooting 76 at a Korn Ferry Tour qualifier in Utah. She is playing in her third USGA championship after she made her U.S. Women’s Amateur debut last August and reached the Round of 16 in the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior. At age 14, Summerhays became the fourth female and youngest to ever qualify for the Utah State Amateur, and was the first female ever to qualify for match play. Her brother, Preston, won the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, and holds two Utah State Amateur titles. Bryan, a senior at Mesa Red Mountain High School, is verbally committed to attend UNLV in the fall. She competed in the Founders Tribute at Longbow Symetra Tour event last August on a sponsor’s exemption.
Jensen Castle, 20, of Columbia, S.C., & Marissa Wenzler, 20, of Dayton, Ohio
The University of Kentucky teammates both competed at Woodmont Country Club last August in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Wenzler reached the Round of 64 while Castle reached the Round of 32. This will be both golfers’ first U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. Castle, who is competing in her fourth USGA championship, set the Kentucky program season stroke-average record as a freshman in 2020.
Gianna Clemente, 13, of Warren, Ohio, & Avery Zweig, 14, of McKinney, Texas
Clemente and Zweig are the youngest team in the field. At age 14, Zweig will be competing in her fifth USGA championship and third U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. She is a three-time Drive, Chip and Putt national finalist. In January, Zweig won the Annika Invitational for her first AJGA tournament title. Clemente became the third-youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2019 when she competed at Old Waverly at age 11. In 2020, Clemente won the AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championship and was the runner-up in the Kansas Girls Junior Amateur.
Kyle Fraser, 28, of Fort Worth, Texas, & Camry Tardy, 28, of Arlington, Texas
Fraser played lacrosse at Stanford University from 2012-15, scoring 92 goals in 73 games and competing in three NCAA Tournaments with the Cardinal. After graduating with a degree in biomechanical engineering, she switched to golf and has been competing in SCGA and Women’s All-Pro Tour events. Fraser works as a sports biomechanist for an applied sports science facility and is competing in her first USGA championship. Tardy, a former golfer at Texas Christian University, is competing in her fifth USGA championship and third U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. Tardy has done graphic design work for the Ben Hogan Foundation in recent years and now runs her own graphic design company.
Ami Gianchandani, 21, of Watchung, N.J., & Kaitlyn Lee, 19, of Scarsdale, N.Y.
Gianchandani and Lee are teammates on the Yale women’s golf team and have not competed in Ivy League play since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gianchandani, a junior majoring in statistics and data science, co-created a golf statistics app, Accel Golf, and is a member of the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she works with the NCAA and its conferences to establish, approve and monitor legislation at the collegiate level. As a freshman, Gianchandani earned both Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. She has competed in seven USGA championships, including the 2019 and 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateurs. Lee, a sophomore, is competing in her second USGA championship after qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She had two top-10 finishes in her first season at Yale and was named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar.
Lauren Greenlief, 30, of Ashburn, Va., & Katie Miller, 36, of Oakmont, Pa.
Greenlief and Miller are both competing in their sixth U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, and third consecutive one as a side. Greenlief won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La., and was a semifinalist in 2019. Greenlief, a management consultant and former walk-on at the University of Virginia, won the inaugural Amateur Golf Alliance Women’s Amateur last October. In 2018, she became the first mid-amateur in 12 years to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Miller will be inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Hall of Fame next month. A three-time Pennsylvania State Amateur champion and 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 14 USGA championships and was a quarterfinalist in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Miller recently married Oakmont Country Club head professional Devin Gee.
Paris Hilinski, 17, of Los Angeles, Calif., & Alexa Pano, 16, of Lake Worth, Fla.
Hilinski and Pano both competed in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur earlier this month. Pano is competing in her 11th USGA championship and third U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. She was runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior, losing 4 and 3 to Yealimi Noh, and has competed in five U.S. Women’s Amateurs, including earning stroke-play co-medalist honors and a trip to the Round of 16 in 2019. Pano is a three-time Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalist and two-time National Champion. Her 2020 highlights include a victory at the Ione D Jones Doherty Amateur and a second-place finish at The Sally. Hilinski is competing in her fourth USGA championship, having advanced to the match play at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur and competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston. In 2020, Hilinski collected top-5 finishes at The Sally and the Annika Invitational USA.
Sammi Lee, 26, of Winter Park, Fla., & Mary Ellen Shuman, 26, of St. Simons Island, Ga.
Lee and Shuman are competing in their third U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball together after they finished as runners-up in their 2017 debut and missed the cut by one stroke in 2019. The two were teammates at the University of Georgia from 2013 to 2017 and helped the Bulldogs qualify for the 2016 NCAA Championship. After graduating from Georgia together, Shuman continued at UGA Law School and now works as a law clerk, while Lee works for an investment bank and financial services company.
Riana Mission, 17, Las Vegas, Nev., & Yana Wilson, 14, of Henderson, Nev.
Wilson won her second straight Drive, Chip and Putt national title earlier this month at Augusta National in the Girls 12-13 Division. Wilson, a freshman at Coronado High School in Henderson, is competing in her first USGA championship. Last December, she won the AJGA’s Arizona Silver Belle Championship, becoming the youngest champion in the event’s 50-year history. Mission is a senior at Clark High School and is committed to play collegiate golf at the University of San Francisco in the fall. She is a three-time Nevada State Junior Amateur champion and the 2019 Nevada State High School individual champion.
Ellen Port, 59, of St. Louis, Mo., & Laura Tennant, 54, of Portland, Ore.
Port and Tennant are two of the three USGA champions in this year’s field. Tennant won the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and successfully defended her title in 2019, defeating Sue Wooster of Australia in both finals. Port is seeking her 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. Port also twice represented the USA in the Curtis Cup Match (1994 and 1996) and captained the team to victory in 2014 at St. Louis Country Club in her hometown.
Meghan Royal, 16, of Carlsbad, Calif., & Annika Varma, 17, of India
Royal and Varma met last summer while competing as amateurs together on the Cactus Tour, a professional women’s golf tour in the western United States. Royal, who is competing in her first USGA championship, recently committed to play golf at the University of Arkansas. Varma grew up in India and moved to Roseville, Calif., when she was 14 years old to pursue a career in golf. Varma, who has verbally committed to the University of Oregon, competed in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur and will be playing in her third USGA championship.
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Meghan Stasi, 42, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., & Dawn Woodard, 46, of Greenville, S.C.
Stasi and Woodard are competing in their sixth U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball after getting into the 2021 field as alternates. They are the only side to play in every U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball since the championship’s inception in 2015 (Katie Miller and Lauren Greenlief have competed in all six but with different partners the first three years). Stasi is a four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion 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. Woodard, a five-time South Carolina Women’s Amateur champion, has competed in over 30 USGA championships and is a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur medalist.