Butler, a mid-am, tops Missouri Women's Amateur
Michelle Butler (Missouri Golf Association/Twitter photo)
Michelle Butler (Missouri Golf Association/Twitter photo)

Two championships ran concurrently this week at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo., but one woman won them both. Michelle Butler turned in the mid-amateur performance of the week at the Missouri Women’s Amateur, winning the amateur division in a two-hole playoff and the mid-amateur division by four shots over a seven-time USGA champion.

In St. Charles this week, Butler logged rounds of 73-73-74 for a 7-over total. That left her tied with Madison Derousse, but Butler won the playoff.

In the mid-amateur division, Butler edged Ellen Port, a St. Louis native and mid-amateur golf legend who has won the state amateur nine times.

Butler qualified for her first USGA championship last year at the Women’s Mid-Amateur, where the USGA told the story of a 26-year-old who strikes an impressive balance of being a part-time employee at an insurance firm, an MBA student, a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams at Columbia College and caregiver for her mother Wendy, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before Michelle was born.

Butler played college golf at the University of Missouri from the fall of 2011 (she was forced to sit out of her freshman season with a wrist injury) through the spring of 2016. At the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur last fall, played in St. Louis, she advanced to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Shannon Johnson. The 26-year-old has only recently become eligible to compete as a mid-amateur.

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This is a 54-hole stroke play competition. Entries are open to female amateur golfers who play at clubs or courses who are members of the Missouri Golf Association. Must have a current USGA Handicap Index from an authorized USGA club.

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