Port takes U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 22, 2011) – Ellen Port, 50, became the first four-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur on Thursday with a 2-and-1 victory over Martha Leach at Bayville Golf Club.

Port, of St. Louis, set the record for longest span between victories, having last won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am in 2000. (She also won in 1995 and ’96.) Port also tied the mark for the most Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories (56).

In the scheduled 18-hole final against Leach, the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Am champ, Port took a 2-up lead after two holes, lost it after No. 6, then pushed ahead on the back nine and never relinquished her advantage.

Results For U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
WinMOEllen PortSt. Louis, MO1000
Runner-upKYMartha LeachHebron, KY700
SemifinalsFLHelene BeatOakland Park, FL500
SemifinalsFLTara Joy-ConnellyN. Palm Beach, FL500
QuarterfinalsGABrenda PictorMarietta, GA400

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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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