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Four co-medalists at U.S. Women's Mid-Am

OCALA, FL (October 4, 2009)--Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., Laura Ladden of Coatesville, Pa., Mina Hardin of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Jennifer Lucas of Knoxville, Tenn., tied for medalist honors with 36-hole totals of 146, two over par, at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at the 6,173-yard, par-72 Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club.

Hardin, 49, was the only player to break 70 in stroke-play qualifying with a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday.

“I’m very pleased with my round, especially because I’m nursing an injury and haven’t been able to practice,” said Hardin, runner-up in this championship in 2002. “Today it was a little better. I feel normal.”

Hardin pulled a hip muscle while working out in a gym a few weeks ago. She made four birdies on Sunday on putts ranging from 6 to 15 feet to join the low scorers.

Stasi, 31, the 2006 and 2007 champion, shot her second straight 73 to tie for medalist honors. “I just had a feel for the course today and I was confident on the greens,” Stasi said. “Now, I’m just getting ready for match play.”

Ladden, a teacher, and Lucas, a salesperson, combine careers and motherhood while Lucas and Hardin are former professionals.

Ladden, 33, birdied the first two holes on her way to a 1-under-par 71 to join the other three players.

“It was a good start,” Ladden said. “I didn’t have a good warm-up, but I made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole and that kind of settled me down.”

Ladden hit a 4-iron to within 8 feet of the flagstick on the 378-yard, par-4 second hole and made the putt for her second straight birdie.

“My husband, Mike, my caddie, said after the second birdie that now we could focus on good golf and go as low as possible,” Ladden said.

She made one more birdie, at the seventh hole, and turned in 3-under-par 32, but made two bogeys on the back nine for 71.

Lucas was leading the field at one over par until she bogeyed the 353-yard, par-4 18th hole. After driving into a fairway bunker, she hit a poor shot and was left with 75 yards to the green. She hit a pitching wedge for her third shot.

“It was the best pitching wedge I’ve hit all week and I picked the wrong time to hit it flush,” Lucas said.

Her shot flew over the green and she nearly chipped in from the fringe, making a tap-in bogey to join the tie for medalist honors.

In Monday’s first round of match play, only Ladden’s opponent has been decided. She’ll face Rena Yun of Glendale, Calif.

With the low 64 scorers advancing to match play, 66 players were tied at 162 or better. A five-way playoff for the three remaining spots will be conducted at 8 a.m. Monday.

Seven champions besides Stasi were among those who made the cut, including defending champion Joan Higgins of Glendora, Calif. (148); 1998 champion Virginia Derby Grimes (148); 2003 champion Amber Marsh Elliot (151); 2002 champion Kathy Hartwiger (151); 1995, 1996, 2000 champion Ellen Port (155); 2004 champion Corey Weworski (160); and 1990 and 1997 champion Carol Semple Thompson (161).

The Women’s Mid-Amateur, for women amateurs age 25 and older, will conclude with a scheduled 18-hole final on Thursday. It is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association. Ten are strictly for amateurs.

Rhonda Glenn is a Manager of Communications for the USGA. E-mail her with questions or comments at rglenn@usga.org.

Results

Ocala, Fla. – Results of stroke-play qualifying in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at the 6,173-yard, par-72 Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club:

Jennifer Lucas, Knoxville, Tenn. - 73-73--146
Laura Ladden, Coatesville, Pa. - 75-71--146
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. - 73-73--146
Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas - 77-69--146
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 76-71--147
Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. - 74-74--148
Virginia Grimes, Meridian, Miss. - 76-72--148
Wendi Golden, Sarasota, Fla. - 71-77--148
Janet Moore, Greenwood Village, Colo. - 74-76--150
Amber Marsh Elliott, Greensboro, N.C. - 76-75--151
Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. - 73-78--151
Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. - 77-74--151
Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. - 74-77--151
Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 80-71--151
Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas - 77-75--152
Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 75-77--152
Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 73-80--153
Marci Zweifel, Orlando, Fla. - 77-76--153
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka - 75-78--153
Alexandra Frazier, Haverford, Pa. - 78-76--154
Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 75-79--154
Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. - 77-77--154
Sharon Park, Irvine, Calif. - 77-77--154
Sherry Herman, Farmingdale, N.J. - 82-72--154
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. - 76-79--155
Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo. - 77-78--155
Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. - 77-78--155
Kerry Postillion, Burr Ridge, Ill. - 75-80--155
Michelle Griffith, Lagrange, Ga. - 79-76--155
Christy Schultz, Rochester, N.Y. - 78-78--156
Jane Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. - 78-78--156
Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas - 78-78--156
Wendy Burton, Cortland, N.Y. - 76-80--156
Jill Hardy, Canada - 81-76--157
Robin Burke, Houston, Texas - 81-76--157
Tara Joy-Connelly, Pembroke, Mass. - 80-77--157
Holly Bare, Clovis, Calif. - 83-75--158
Kim Briele, New Bern, N.C. - 77-81--158
Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 78-80--158
Leslie Folsom, Seattle, Wash. - 78-80--158
Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 78-80--158
Rebecca Halpern, Chicago, Ill. - 80-78--158
Rheba Mabie, Boulder Junction, Wis. - 80-78--158
Wallace Hamerton, Bluffton, S.C. - 80-78--158
Katrin Wolfe, Johnstown, Pa. - 82-77--159
Kay Daniel, Covington, La. - 80-79--159
Linda McMillan, Ormond Beach, Fla. - 79-80--159
Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. - 81-78--159
Sarah Phillips-Durst, Tallahassee, Fla. - 85-74--159
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. - 83-77--160
Desiree Ting, Wailuku, Hawaii - 79-81--160
Kendra Vallone, San Dimas, Calif. - 80-80--160
Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C. - 79-81--160
Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. - 80-80--160
Patti Hogeboom, Canada - 79-81--160
Carol S Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. - 81-80--161
Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 79-82--161
Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. - 84-77--161
Lisa Walker, Vista, Calif. - 79-82--161
Lynette Duran, Lakewood, Colo. - 81-80--161
Reana Yun, Glendale, Calif. - 82-79--161
Annette Gaiotti, Holladay, Utah - 80-82--162
Karen Garcia, Cool, Calif. - 84-78--162
Maggie Weder, Greenville, N.C. - 79-83--162
Margaret Leef, Brookfield, Wis. - 81-81--162
Tama Caldabaugh, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - 83-79--162
Courtney Myhrum, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 82-81--163
Karen Bouloucon, West Milford, N.J. - 84-79--163
Krissy Martin, Louisville, Ky. - 80-83--163
Lynn Simmons, Phoenix, Ariz. - 79-84--163
Melanie Furuta, Ladera Ranch, Calif. - 81-82--163
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 76-87--163
Robin Donnelley, Palm Beach, Fla. - 80-83--163
Shirley Trier, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. - 82-81--163
Tanna Lee Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. - 82-81--163
Connie Isler, Annapolis, Md. - 80-84--164
Corrie Tayman, Bethesda, Md. - 83-81--164
Donna Mummert, Clinton Township, N.J. - 81-83--164
Jessica Lederhausen, Hinsdale, Ill. - 85-79--164
Judy Miller, Tucson, Ariz. - 84-80--164
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas - 82-82--164
Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, Calif. - 76-88--164
Laurie White, Carmel, N.Y. - 84-80--164
Lily Garcia, Montebello, Calif. - 84-80--164
Lecia Alexander, Stafford, Texas - 84-81--165
Mayura Skowronski, Jersey City, N.J. - 85-80--165
Cynthia Friend, Lexington, Mass. - 83-83--166
Dana Harrity, North Hampton, N.H. - 83-83--166
Desiree Banlowe, Thousand Oaks, Calif. - 83-83--166
Frances Gacos, Flemington, N.J. - 86-80--166
Tracy Welch, Charlestown, Mass. - 82-84--166
Amanda Pettit, Irving, Texas - 84-83--167
Angela Stewart, Greenville, N.C. - 79-88--167
Linda Pearson, Glendale, Calif. - 84-83--167
Martha Lang, Birmingham, Ala. - 83-84--167
Samantha Bartron, Boulder, Colo. - 83-84--167
Debbie Friede, Portland, Ore. - 84-84--168
Debra Mielke, Mckinney, Texas - 81-87--168
Diane Lang, Jamaica - 81-87--168
Jennifer Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas - 84-84--168
Lisa Anderson, Middleton, Mass. - 86-82--168
Michelle Stelben, Darien, Conn. - 86-82--168
Tatiana Gammicchia, Russia - 86-82--168
Amy Suleiman, North Olmsted, Ohio - 84-85--169
Ann Lahey, Kentfield, Calif. - 79-90--169
Carol Turnage, Anna, Texas - 87-82--169
Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 86-83--169
Marion Webster, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - 86-83--169
Renee Williams, Auburn, Ala. - 88-81--169
Cynthia Whitmore, Clarinda, Iowa - 86-84--170
Jennifer Lochhead, Canada - 82-88--170
Melissa Aylor, New York, N.Y. - 85-85--170
Cyndi Carlson, Chesapeake, Va. - 89-82--171
Mary Kay Thanos-Zordani, Chicago, Ill. - 85-86--171
Nan Dyer, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 85-86--171
Alicia A Kapheim, Pennington, N.J. - 86-86--172
Jamie Rishel, New Albany, Ohio - 84-88--172
Lisa Winsten, Danville, Calif. - 86-86--172
Cheryl Jones-Knight, Fountain Hills, Ariz. - 86-87--173
Marlene Summers, Montgomery, Texas - 88-85--173
Olivia Slutzky, Newport Beach, Calif. - 85-88--173
Cindy Pallatino, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 88-87--175
Martha Redfearn, Newport Beach, Calif. - 87-88--175
Gail Flanagan, Rye, N.Y. - 89-87--176
Karen Williams, Bean Station, Tenn. - 89-88--177
Nancy Beck, Dallas, Texas - 89-88--177
Tiffany Maurycy, Denver, Colo. - 92-85--177
Kristen Obush, Greensburg, Pa. - 87-91--178
Debra Myers, Seattle, Wash. - 94-85--179
Diana Wyman, Washington, D.C. - 89-90--179
Carol Sarkissian, Chino Hills, Calif. - 96-84--180
Liza Martin-Garrubbo, Warren, N.J. - 90-92--182

First-Round Match Play Pairings

Ocala, Fla. – Pairings for the first round of match play in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at the 6,173-yard, par-72 Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club:

Round of 64

Upper Half

10:45 a.m. Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas (146) vs. To Be Determined ()
8:15 a.m. Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas (156) vs. Wendy Burton, Cortland, N.Y. (156)
8:25 a.m. Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas (152) vs. Sarah Phillips-Durst, Tallahassee, Fla. (159)
8:35 a.m. Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. (153) vs. Linda McMillan, Ormond Beach, Fla. (159)
8:45 a.m. Virginia Grimes, Meridian, Miss. (148) vs. Carol S Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. (161)
8:55 a.m. Kerry Postillion, Burr Ridge, Ill. (155) vs. Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. (158)
9:05 a.m. Janet Moore, Greenwood Village, Colo. (150) vs. Lisa Walker, Vista, Calif. (161)
9:15 a.m. Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. (154) vs. Rebecca Halpern, Chicago, Ill. (158)
9:25 a.m. Laura Ladden, Coatesville, Pa. (146) vs. Reana Yun, Glendale, Calif. (161)
9:35 a.m. Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. (155) vs. Robin Burke, Houston, Texas (157)
9:45 a.m. Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. (151) vs. Desiree Ting, Wailuku, Hawaii (160)
9:55 a.m. Sherry Herman, Farmingdale, N.J. (154) vs. Katrin Wolfe, Johnstown, Pa. (159)
10:05 a.m. Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (147) vs. Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. (161)
10:15 a.m. Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. (155) vs. Kim Briele, New Bern, N.C. (158)
10:25 a.m. Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. (151) vs. Kendra Vallone, San Dimas, Calif. (160)
10:35 a.m. Sharon Park, Irvine, Calif. (154) vs. Leslie Folsom, Seattle, Wash. (158)

Lower Half

10:55 a.m. Jennifer Lucas, Knoxville, Tenn. (146) vs. To Be Determined ()
11:05 a.m. Christy Schultz, Rochester, N.Y. (156) vs. Jill Hardy, Canada (157)
11:15 a.m. Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas (152) vs. Noreen Mohler, Bethlehem, Pa. (160)
11:25 a.m. Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka (153) vs. Kay Daniel, Covington, La. (159)
11:35 a.m. Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. (148) vs. Lynette Duran, Lakewood, Colo. (161)
11:45 a.m. Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo. (155) vs. Holly Bare, Clovis, Calif. (158)
11:55 a.m. Laura Coble, Augusta, Ga. (151) vs. Patti Hogeboom, Canada (160)
12:05 p.m. Alexandra Frazier, Haverford, Pa. (154) vs. Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. (158)
12:15 p.m. Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. (146) vs. To Be Determined ()
12:25 p.m. Jane Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. (156) vs. Tara Joy-Connelly, Pembroke, Mass. (157)
12:35 p.m. Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. (151) vs. Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C. (160)
12:45 p.m. Marci Zweifel, Orlando, Fla. (153) vs. Lynne Cowan, Davis, Calif. (159)
12:55 p.m. Wendi Golden, Sarasota, Fla. (148) vs. Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. (161)
1:05 p.m. Michelle Griffith, Lagrange, Ga. (155) vs. Rheba Mabie, Boulder Junction, Wis. (158)
1:15 p.m. Amber Marsh Elliott, Greensboro, N.C. (151) vs. Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (160)
1:25 p.m. Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. (154) vs. Wallace Hamerton, Bluffton, S.C. (158)
ABOUT THE U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

The U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur originated in 1987 to provide a national competitive arena for amateurs 25 and older. Besides the age restriction, the event is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 9.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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