Defending champ Julia Potter is going for a 3rd title at Champions
HOUSTON, TX (November 7, 2017) - The 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship starts this weekend at the 6,022-yard, par-72 Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek Course), in Houston, Texas.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be played Oct. 7-12 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, FL, but had to be moved due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, which caused extensive flooding and damage sustained by Quail Creek’s course and clubhouse.
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Adding to the excitement of the championship is the fact that, for the first time, the winner will earn an exemption
into next year's U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek Country Club.
Among the 132 golfers in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur field, here are some things to keep an eye on:
Patty Moore (67, born 4-26-50), Annette Gaiotti (64, born 4-10-53), Patricia Cornett (63, born 4-10-54), Carol Davies (63, born 9-29-54)
Carlia Canto (25, born 6-26-92), Daniela Okino (25, born 5-31-92), Courtney Shelton (25, born 3-1-92), Marissa Mar (25, born 1-23-92)
Average Age of Field:
U.S. States Represented:
There are 34 states and the District of Columbia represented in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: California (15), Florida (13), Colorado (6), North Carolina (6), Texas (6), Georgia (5), Pennsylvania (5), Illinois (4), Massachusetts (4), New York (4), Alabama (3), Kentucky (3), Maryland (3), Michigan (3), Missouri (3), Virginia (3), Wisconsin (3), Louisiana (2), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), Oregon (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Utah (2), Washington (2), Arkansas (1), Delaware (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Maine (1), Nevada (1), Ohio (1), and District of Columbia (1).
There are 10 countries represented in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: United States (115), Mexico (5), Canada (4), Thailand (2), Colombia (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Italy (1), Singapore (1), Sri Lanka (1) and Vietnam (1).
USGA Champions (7):
4-time champ Meghan Stasi
Lauren Greenlief (2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Mina Hardin (2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Judith Kyrinis (2017 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur), Martha Leach (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Julia Potter (2013, 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Corey Weworski (2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
USGA Runners-Up (12):
Laura Coble (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Patricia Cornett (1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Jane Fitzgerald (2012 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Mina Hardin (2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Shannon Johnson (2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Ina Kim (2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur), Pamela Kuong (2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Judith Kyrinis (2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Martha Leach (2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Julia Potter (2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur), Terrill Samuel (2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur), Thuhashini Selvaratnam (2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
Played in Curtis Cup Match (2):
Patricia Cornett (1978, 1988), Megan Stasi (2008)
Players in Field with Most U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Appearances (2017 included):
Martha Leach (29), Patricia Cornett (26), Mina Hardin (23), Corey Weworski (22), Mary Jane Hiestand (20), Linda Pearson (19), Patty Moore (18), Dawn Woodard (16), Laura Coble (15), Leigh Klasse (15), Lisa Schlesinger (15).
Players Who Played in 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club (6):
Players in this year’s field who competed in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club, and their finish: Patricia Cornett (Rd. of 64), Mina Hardin (Rd. of 32), Mary Jane Hiestand (Rd. of 64), Kathy Kurata (Rd. of 64), Martha Leach (semifinalist) and Linda Pearson (FQ).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
, 36, of Bonita Springs, Fla., is the head boys’ golf coach at Gulf Coast High School. She was chosen Naples Daily News Coach of the Year in 2015-16 when she guided the program to conference and regional titles and a sixth-place showing in the Class 3A state championship. Benedict, who was an All-Big Ten Conference selection at the University of Michigan, has won three state amateur crowns. She advanced to the Round of 32 in her first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur last year.
, 32, of Dallas, Texas, is the director of experience planning for a commerce marketing firm and serves as a volunteer for The First Tee of Dallas. She played college golf at Georgetown and one of her Hoya teammates, Katie Dwyer, is also in this field. Burns has played in four USGA championships, including the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, where she recorded a hole-in-one on the 10th hole of the Pacific Dunes course in the first round of stroke play.
, 53, of Augusta, Ga., is competing in her 30th USGA championship and was the runner-up to Martha Leach in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She also helped Georgia win three USGA Women’s State Team Championships in 2005, 2009 and 2011. Coble, who works for a promotional product supplier, also played in the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open. In 2017, she was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
, 63, of Mill Valley, Calif., is a retired physician with the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center who has done clinical work with non-malignant hemotology. She has competed in 64 USGA championships, including 26 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Cornett was the Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up in 1987 and advanced to the semifinals in 1992 and 1999. Cornett, who played in nine U.S. Women’s Opens, served as the 2012 USA Curtis Cup captain and was a member of two USA Curtis Cup Teams (1978, 1988).
, 40, of Boston, Mass., is a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Her father and grandfather, Kenneth F. Corcoran Jr. and Kenneth F. Corcoran Sr., both competed in the U.S. Amateur. Corcoran was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9, and enjoys running to help manage her health. She has run the Boston, Dublin and New York marathons, and has competed in support of the Barton Center, a summer camp for children dealing with the disease.
, 44, of Bangor, Maine, is playing her fifth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and has advanced to match play in three of her four previous appearances. Her husband, Karlton, has served as director of athletics at the University of Maine since 2014. Her brother, John A. Aber, is the head golf professional at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Pa., the host site of the 1990 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Her late father, John M. Aber, was a longtime USGA Rules official and committee member.
, 44, of Addison, Texas, is the managing director of membership/foundation for the Texas Golf Association. She is playing in her seventh U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and was a semifinalist in 2012. Dennis, who won the Women’s Texas Golf Association State Amateur in 2004 and 2009, won three varsity letters as a member of the Texas A&M University team in the mid-1990s.
, 27, of Firestone, Colo., is a member of a golf family and played at Montana State University. Her sisters were also college golfers, Taylor at Wyoming and Danielle at Nebraska at Kearney. Molly is a mechanical engineer for a plastics products company and works with medical devices, a career choice that was motivated by a sister having Type 1 diabetes. Molly, who played in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, also owns a business that sells fine art and photography.
, 26, of Spokane, Wash., is in her fifth year as the assistant women’s golf coach at Gonzaga University, her alma mater. Fallgren, a three-time All-West Coast Conference selection, helped the Bulldogs make their first NCAA appearance in 2012. Fallgren, who won this year’s Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur by nine strokes, has competed in six USGA championships.
, 55, of Kensington, Md., is a buyer and operations manager at Chevy Chase Club, where her husband, Jim, is the head golf professional. She also owns her own company, selling items featuring golf illustrations and working with the Trawick Foundation, which serves nonprofit organizations. Her sister, Liza Abood, is a teaching professional at Olney (Md.) Golf Park. Fitzgerald has played in 17 USGA championships and was the runner-up to Ellen Port in the 2012 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.
, 27, 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. Greenlief, a management consultant, also reached the semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Alexandra Austin. Greenlief was a walk-on at the University of Virginia and earned three varsity letters from 2010-12.
, 26, of Mooresville, N.C., earned her doctorate in physical therapy this year and specializes in orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Hammond, who was a member of the Radford University team from 2012-14, is competing in her first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She once was invited to play golf with NBA owner and five-time league MVP Michael Jordan while operating a beverage cart at a Charlotte-based golf course.
, 57, of Mexico, was the first Mexican woman to play on the LPGA Tour (1983-89) and the first Mexican-born USGA champion when she won the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. A reinstated amateur since 1991, she has competed in 22 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals six times. Hardin has played in 54 USGA championships, including six U.S. Women’s Opens. In 2012, she was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
, 57, of Baton Rouge, La., is a retired teacher who once taught at Episcopal High School, in Bellaire, Texas, and served as the Briar Club’s swimming coach. Harrison, who started playing golf at age 28, has competed in 17 USGA championships, including six U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Her husband, Britt, was an All-American at Oklahoma State University and was head coach at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 1988-98.
, 28, of Roseville, Minn., operates her own graphic design studio and coaches a high school golf team. She is playing in her 16th USGA championship and advanced to the semifinals of last year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Herrick, who serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Golf Association, won two Missouri Valley Conference titles (2008, 2010) while playing at Drake University.
, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va., is in her second year as head women’s golf coach at Old Dominion University. Hetzel was chosen Conference USA Coach of the Year in her first season after guiding the Monarchs to their first-ever conference title and an NCAA regional appearance. Hetzel, who previously spent six years as the head coach at Western Carolina, earned All-America honors at Georgia. She is playing in her eighth USGA championship and second U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
, 33, of Las Vegas, Nev., is an IBM software client leader for the department of energy. Her father, Rod, is a retired U.S. Army major general. Isler played at Georgetown University where she shared 2005 Big East Conference medalist honors. She became the youngest Division I head coach in the nation (age 21) when she served on an interim basis at her alma mater the following year. Isler, who competed on the LPGA Futures Tour for one year, is playing in her seventh U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Mary Jane Hiestand
, 58, of Naples, Fla., has competed in 40 USGA championships, including 19 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. She is one of six players in this year’s field who competed in the 1998 Women’s Mid-Amateur, held 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, held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in 2015.
, 29, 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 last year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She has competed in six USGA championships.
, 31, 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, who is playing in her third USGA championship, has worked for Nike in retail, marketing and product management for 12 years.
, 34, of Norton, Mass., was the runner-up to Julia Potter in last year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, losing 2 and 1 in the final at The Kahkwa Club, in Erie, Pa. Johnson, who works in sales for Ping Golf, has competed in 11 USGA championships. Born in Sioux Falls, S.D., she became the first female in South Dakota Golf Association history to win the state Women’s Amateur, Girls’ Junior, Two-Woman and Women’s Match Play titles during a career.
, 44, of North Palm Beach, Fla., has competed in 28 USGA championships, including 14 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. She advanced to the Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinals in 2011 and 2014. Joy-Connelly, who is an independent sales representative, was chosen the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Player of the Decade (2000-09).
, 50, of Bonita Springs, Fla., started played college golf at age 34 as a member of the Northern Kentucky University team. She was NCAA Division II Freshman of the Year in 2002 and was a four-time All-American. Keyer-Scott, who once worked as a juvenile probation officer, posted the highest finish by an NKU golfer with a fifth-place showing at NCAAs in 2003. She was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2013. She is competing in her fifth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., is the older sister of Ina Kim, who was the runner-up in the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior and is also in this field. The two sisters are competing in the same USGA championship for the first time since the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Hana, who earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors at UCLA, played on the LPGA Tour from 2005-08 and regained her amateur status in 2014. She has played in nine USGA championships, including two U.S. Women’s Opens.
, 34, of New York, N.Y., is the younger sister of Hana Kim, who played on the LPGA Tour from 2005-08 and is also in this field. The two sisters are competing in the same USGA championship for the first time since the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Ina, who has played in eight USGA championships, was the runner-up in the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She earned All-Big Ten Conference honors at Northwestern University but did not play competitive golf for nearly 11 years while living in London and Hong Kong. In 2016, she won the Women’s Met Amateur.
, 53, of Canada, won the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship by defeating Terrill Samuel, 4 and 3, in the final at Waverley Country Club, in Portland, Ore. Kyrinis is a registered nurse at Toronto General Hospital and primarily preps cancer patients for surgery. She has competed in 12 USGA championships, including six U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Her brother, Dan Allan, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
, 55, of Hebron, Ky., won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and owns records for most times in the championship (28) and most times advanced to match play (27). Leach, who is the sister of six-time USGA champion Hollis Stacy, is also fourth in most Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories with a 41-26 career record. Leach, who works as a realtor, introduced her sister at her 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Leach was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 2015 and is scheduled to enter the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2018.
, 35, of Winter Garden, Fla., is a civil engineer for a concrete pipe and materials manufacturer. She represented the American Society of Engineers in a CNBC television interview on Sept. 11, 2017, concerning the state of Florida’s infrastructure following Hurricane Irma, a storm that caused this year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur to relocate to Champions Golf Club. Matin, who was an All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection at the University of Central Florida, is competing in her fourth consecutive Women’s Mid-Amateur.
, 32, of Jeannette, Pa., has worked in various industries, including sports television reporting on the professional and college levels, the family-owned Dairy Queen franchises, as a model for an athletic apparel brand, and in sales for a mobile solutions company. Miller, who was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at the University of North Carolina, competed on the LPGA Futures Tour before regaining her amateur status in 2013. She has played in three U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and advanced to the quarterfinals last year.
, 39, of Peachtree City, Ga., is the daughter of Allen Doyle, the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Senior Open champion and a member of two winning USA Walker Cup Teams (1991, 1993). She caddied for her father on PGA Tour Champions from 2000-03. Packer has played in eight USGA championships, including the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Her husband, Brandt, is a producer for Golf Channel/NBC and her father-in-law, Billy, was a longtime college basketball announcer for both NBC and CBS.
, 30, of Indianapolis, Ind., is one of five players to have won multiple U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur championships (2013, 2016). Last year, she defeated Shannon Johnson, 2 and 1, in the final. She is the director of member services for the Indiana Golf Office and was a 2008 P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Missouri Golf Association. Potter, who was an All-Big 12 Conference selection at the University of Missouri, was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager and underwent the same back surgery as LPGA star and 2014 U.S. Women’s Open runner-up Stacy Lewis.
Alison Reifers Cress
, 62, of Jupiter, Fla., is the mother of PGA Tour player Kyle Reifers, who was a member of the victorious 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. Alison started playing golf at age 8 and her mother took up the game at the same time. She is competing in her first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur since 1999 and has advanced to match play in all five U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs played.
, 56, of Canada, was the runner-up to Judith Kyrinis in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, the first all-Canadian final in USGA history. Samuel, who is a teacher for the Toronto District School Board and also coaches high school volleyball, was born in England but moved to Canada at a young age. She has played in 13 USGA championships but this will be her first time competing in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur since 1991.
, 61, of Skillman, N.J., owned a fashion design business in New York City. Her career was jump-started when Oscar de la Renta introduced her to the president of Saks and she started selling couture evening wear around the world. Sardi, who retired after 14 years to raise a family, began playing golf on a public driving range at age 35. She is also a volunteer for a nonprofit group that houses homeless families. Sardi is competing in her third USGA championship.
, 59, of Gaithersburg, Md., has played in 27 USGA championships, including 14 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. She was the stroke-play medalist and reached the semifinals of both the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs. Schlesinger, who played basketball at the University of Maryland and with two teams in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL), is a member of the Greater Washington, D.C., Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame.
, 52, of Honolulu, Hawaii, advanced to the semifinals of both the 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and last month’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1997 and competed on the Futures Tour (now Symetra Tour). Her daughters (Mason, Lola and Scarlett) are competitive surfers on the state and national levels and are members of the Margaritaville Surf Team, which is sponsored by musician Jimmy Buffett.
, 26, of Madison, Wis., competed as a member of the McGing Irish Dancers for 12 years on the regional, national and world levels. The group won first place for choreography in the All-Ireland Irish Dance and Midwest Oireachtas championships. Schultz, who is playing in her first 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.
, 41, of Sri Lanka, was the runner-up to Meghan Stasi in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, held at Old Waverly Golf Club, in West Point, Miss. 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 32 USGA championships, including 12 Women’s Mid-Amateurs.
, 29, of Mansfield, Texas, is a web content editor for TopGolf. In 2013, she was a USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Women’s Texas Golf Association. Smith is competing in her fifth consecutive U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and has advanced to match play in each of her previous four appearances. She earned All-Big South Conference honors at Winthrop University.
, 39, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has won four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur championships (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012) and is tied with Ellen Port for most titles. She also ranks third in Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories with a 43-7 record. Stasi and her husband, Danny, own a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. They became engaged on the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews after she played on the winning 2008 USA Curtis Cup Team. She has competed in 33 USGA championships, including 11 Women’s Mid-Amateurs and two U.S. Women’s Opens.
, 33, of Charlotte, N.C., is a certified group fitness instructor and golf trainer who works for a coffee company. She began her fitness journey at age 3 when she studied ballet, pointe, tap and jazz and became a trained dancer. She took up golf at age 14 and went on to play at Elon University. Trainor, who later was the first female professional at Quail Hollow Club, competed on the LPGA Symetra and Suncoast Series professional tours before regaining her amateur status in 2013. She is playing in her first USGA championship.
, 31, of Naples, Fla., was scheduled to play her first USGA championship in her home area until Hurricane Irma forced a relocation to Houston. She serves as the membership and marketing director for Royal Palm Country Club and is a residential and commercial realtor. Her husband, Daniel, is a southwest Florida sales representative for Ping Golf. Her mother, Becky, competed in the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Udd was a member of the Santa Clara University women’s golf team from 2004-08.
, 53, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a retired president of the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission. West was previously assistant dean and director of the MBA program at the University of Alabama. She was a member of the Crimson Tide’s tennis program as an undergraduate. A nationally-ranked tennis player, West won the 1993 USTA National Clay Court Doubles Championship. She has played in 12 USGA championships and seven U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs.
, 55, 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 at Holston Hills Country Club, in Knoxville, Tenn. She has played in 37 USGA championships and 21 Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Her son, Tyler, has competed on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
, 56, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., is one of two women to compete in a U.S. Open championship in both golf and tennis, joining the legendary Althea Gibson. Wilson, who played in the 1999 and 2009 U.S. Women’s Opens, has competed in 18 USGA championships. She regained her amateur status in 2013. Wilson also competed at Wimbledon and in the Australian Open in the mid-1980s, and was a three-time All-America tennis player at Stanford University.
, 44, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., played professional tennis for four years and qualified for the 1996 U.S. Open in doubles. In 2013, she was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor and is the winningest player in school history with 152 career singles victories. She helped the Longhorns win a pair of NCAA championships in 1993 and 1995 and was the ’95 NCAA national senior player of the year. Wilson, who works as a realtor, has played in five U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, advancing to match play four times.
, 43, of Greenville, S.C., is a consultant who assists individual golfers and teams with enhancing performance. Woodard, who has won five South Carolina state amateur titles, has competed in 27 USGA championships. She has played in 15 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and is a three-time medalist (2006, 2007, 2012). Woodard reached 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).