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Monday, October 05, 2015

United States women's mid-amateur championship

Canadian Casys leading qualifier for match-play stages


CHOUDRANT, Louisiana. – Casey Ward, 25, of Canada, followed Saturday’s round of 2-over 74 with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to earn stroke-play medallist honours at the 29th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,061-yard, par-72 Squire Creek Country Club.
Ward is the second Women’s Mid-Amateur medalist from Canada and first since Mary Ann Hayward, the 2005 Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, did so in 1998. Entering the day two strokes behind Sarah Davison, Ward posted four birdies and two bogeys on the day to record the low round of stroke play.
“I'm really excited. I didn't really have too many expectations coming into this week,” said Ward, the 2015 Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur champion. “That's how I have approached things all summer, not going in with any expectations and just playing my game. It's nice to see my name at the top.”
Starting on the 10th hole, Ward started with three pars before birdieing the par-4 13th and par-4 15th holes. She was able to overcome Squire Creek’s difficult greens by consistently giving herself good birdie opportunities.
“I was in the right position all day, for the most part,” she said. “I had a lot of good looks at birdie. I only got a few to fall, but I was right on the edge all day.”
Finishing five strokes behind Ward and in second place is Lauren Greenlief, 25, of Oakton, Va., the youngest competitor in the field. Sitting 2 over through 10 holes, Greenlief, the 2015 Virginia Women’s Amateur runner-up, turned things around with an eagle on the 488-yard, par-5 11th and added another birdie on the par-4 14th.
“I played really solid all the way around,” said Greenlief. “I had a couple three-putts I didn't have yesterday, but making an eagle gets you going. That was the turning point where I started playing really well coming in.”
First-round leader Davison, 35, a Squire Creek member who lives adjacent to the 17th hole, finished third with a two-day total of 7-over 151. That was just fine for the 2015 Louisiana Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, who knows everything resets when match play begins on Monday at 9 a.m. CDT.
“I didn't putt as well as I did yesterday and when I missed a green, I left myself a difficult chip,” said Davison, who carded a 7-over 79 on Sunday.
 “But after yesterday, I knew I didn't have to come out and shoot another 72 to make match play. I knew I just had to come out and keep it respectable.”
All three Louisiana natives in the field finished in the top 10, as Ashley Tonore, 38, of Monroe, and Kay Daniel, 44, of Covington, tied for 10th at 11-over 155. They are joined by Mercedes Huarte, 30, of Argentina.
Defending champion Margaret Shirley, 29, of Roswell, Ga., and Katie Miller, 30, of Jeannette, Pa., tied for fourth at 8-over 152. Christina Proteau, 32, of Canada, a quarter-finalist last year, posted the biggest turnaround of the championship, shooting even par after posting an 87 on Saturday, easily qualifying for match play.
Four-time champion and past USA Curtis Cup team player Meghan (Bolger) Stasi, 37, of Oakland Park, Fla., shot 3-over 75 to finish in solo sixth and give herself a chance at a fifth title. Stasi is joined in match play by former champions Martha Leach, 53, of Hebron, Ky., (2009); Julia Potter, 27, of Granger, Ind., (2013); and Corey Weworski, 53, of Carlsbad, Calif., (2004).
A Monday-morning playoff will determine the final seven spots in the 64-player match-play field. Eleven players will compete for those spots, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT. Among the 11 players in the playoff is 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Robin Burke, 53, of Houston, Texas, who will also serve as the captain for the 2016 USA Curtis Cup Team, and Sri Lanka’s Thuhashini Selvaratnam, 39, who was runner-up to Stasi at the 2006 Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Results from Sunday’s second round of stroke play at  the 6,061-yard, par-72 Squire Creek Country Club (* = in a 11-for-7 playoff that will begin Monday at 8 a.m. CDT):
Casey Ward, Canada 74-70--144
Lauren Greenlief, Oakton, Va. 77-72--149
Sarah Davison, Choudrant, La. 72-79--151
Margaret Shirley, Roswell, Ga. 75-77--152
Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa. 76-76--152
Meghan Stasi, Oakland Park, Fla. 78-75--153
Sherry Wright, Chula Vista, Calif. 75-79--154
Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn. 79-75--154
Kristin Paulson, Pella, Iowa 77-77--154
Mercedes Huarte, Argentina 80-75--155
Kay Daniel, Covington, La. 77-78--155
Ashley Tonore, Monroe, La. 74-81--155
Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 80-76--156
Danielle Davis, Saint Simons, Ga. 82-74--156
Tara Joy-Connelly, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 76-80--156
Shawn Farmer-Sese, Bellevue, Wash. 78-78--156
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. 79-78--157
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. 80-77--157
Leslie Folsom, Seattle, Wash. 79-78--157
Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. 78-79--157
Shelly Stouffer, Canada 78-79--157
Julia Potter, Granger, Ind. 80-77--157
Lynne Cowan, Rocklin, Calif. 79-78--157
Katrin Wolfe, Johnstown, Pa. 79-79--158
Lacy Shelton, Overland Park, Kan. 82-76--158
Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. 75-83--158
Kelly Wilson, Cameron Park, Calif. 80-78--158
Rachel Smith, Mansfield, Texas 78-80--158
Alyssa Roland, New York, N.Y. 79-80--159
Whitney Britton, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 81-78--159
Julie Oxendine, Russellville, Ark. 77-82--159
Christina Proteau, Canada 87-72--159
Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. 81-79--160
Sue Wooster, Australia 83-77--160
Leigh Klasse, Woodbury, Minn. 81-79--160
Amanda Jacobs, Portland, Ore. 81-79--160
Stacy Dennis, Addison, Texas 75-85--160
Mary Kay [Mk] Thanos-Zordani, Palm Desert, Calif. 79-81--160
Dani Mullin, West Islip, N.Y. 82-78--160
Erin Carney, Mission Hills, Kan. 81-79--160
Mina Hardin, La Quinta, Calif. 79-82--161
Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. 78-83--161
Courtney McKim, Raleigh, N.C. 82-79--161
Tracy Welch, Winchester, Mass. 81-80--161
Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. 78-83--161
Samantha Perrotta, Bordentown, N.J. 81-80--161
Deborah Anderson, La Quinta, Calif. 78-84--162
Claire Sheldon, Somerville, Mass. 80-82--162
Lynn Thompson, Cincinnati, Ohio 81-81--162
Joy Robinson, Pebble Beach, Calif. 80-82--162
Connie Isler, Annapolis, Md. 83-79--162
Janet Moore, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. 81-82--163
Amy Loughney, Hoboken, N.J. 82-81--163
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. 81-82--163
Candus Herrera, Spring, Texas 81-82--163
Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho 80-83--163
Paige Bromen, Minneapolis, Minn. 84-79--163
*Kristyl Sunderman, Coto De Caza, Calif. 80-84--164
*Mimi Hoffman, Springfield, Va. 81-83--164
*Jordan Craig, Connellsville, Pa. 79-85--164
*Alicia Kapheim, Pennington, N.J. 81-83--164
*Robin Burke, Houston, Texas 81-83--164
*Charlotte Daughan, Orlando, Fla. 81-83--164
*Eleana Collins, Baltimore, Md. 81-83--164
*Lauren Kuss, Zionsville, Ind. 80-84--164
*Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka 81-83--164
*Heather Wall, Lakeland, Fla. 83-81--164
*Lin Culver, Palm Coast, Fla. 81-83--164
Failed to Qualify for match-play
Catherine Shealy, Columbia, S.C. 86-79--165
Julie McMullin, Park City, Utah 81-84--165
Anna Morales, Peru 80-85--165
Julie Carmichael, Plainfield, Ind. 86-79--165
Taffy Brower, Boynton Beach, Fla. 82-84--166
Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. 77-89--166
Robin Donnelley, Palm Beach, Fla. 86-80--166
Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. 84-82--166
Carmen Titus, Kansas City, Mo. 84-82--166
Alexandra Frazier, Conshohocken, Pa. 88-78--166
Becky Neal, Mansfield, Texas 84-83--167
Katie Jorgensen, Exeter, Neb. 80-87--167
Cindy Gilkeson, Sugarland, Texas 83-84--167
Sarah Matin, Winter Garden, Fla. 86-81--167
Brandi McKnight, El Paso, Texas 83-85--168
Morgan Jackson, Seminole, Fla. 86-82--168
Lisa Cook, Noblesville, Ind. 83-85--168
Eden Anderson, Oakland, Calif. 84-84--168
Amanda Dixon, Hillsboro, Ohio 82-86--168
Karen Bouloucon, West Milford, N.J. 88-81--169
Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. 84-86--170
Deb Hughes, Denver, Colo. 84-86--170
Fay Chen, Huntington Beach, Calif. 84-86--170
Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas 88-82--170
Deanne Stolarik, Zion, Ill. 86-84--170
Hui Chong Dofflemyer, Belvidere, Ill. 90-80--170
Stefi Markovich, Canada 81-89--170
Deb Jackson, Johns Creek, Ga. 89-82--171
Morag Mitchell, Canada 87-84--171
Maggie Leef, Merton, Wis. 87-85--172
Jirapon Carlson, Macon, Ga. 86-87--173
Meghan Moake, Houston, Texas 85-88--173
Lindsay Davis, Chicago, Ill. 83-90--173
Susan Rheney, Greensboro, Ga. 90-84--174
Erin Lanphear, Bowling Green, Ky. 91-83--174
Allison Pettit, Chicago, Ill. 88-86--174
Miki Gardner, San Diego, Calif. 88-86--174
Janie Carpenter, Garland, Texas 89-85--174
Marie Bos, New York, N.Y. 82-92--174
Tama Caldabaugh, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 87-87--174
Jaime Branch, Shawnee, Okla. 93-82--175
Patti Feldman, Sands Point, N.Y. 86-90--176
Carol Martin, La Quinta, Calif. 91-85--176
Ryan Kopet, Chattanooga, Tenn. 87-89--176
Beth Williams, Atlanta, Ga. 88-89--177
Shirley Vaughn, Canton, Ohio 90-87--177
Kathryn Hauff, Fargo, N.D. 86-91--177
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, Texas 90-87--177
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn. 87-91--178
Annie Hogan, Medford, Mass. 93-86--179
Linda Pearson, Glendale, Calif. 90-89--179
Angie Whitley Coleman, New Castle, Del. 86-93--179
Leslie Henry, Houston, Texas 93-87--180
Jessica Marksbury, Calimesa, Calif. 94-86--180
Donna Benford, Fenton, Mich. 88-92--180
Lucy Sievers, Wilmette, Ill. 88-93--181
Julie Marr, Gallatin, Tenn. 93-89--182
Melissa Spencer, San Jose, Calif. 89-93--182
Jessica Surber, The Woodlands, Texas 91-92--183
Angel Macleod, North Attleboro, Mass. 90-94--184
Cathy Lonegan, Camarillo, Calif. 92-93--185
Marcy Austin, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 89-97--186
Liza Martin-Garrubbo, Warren, N.J. 100-92--192
Jessica McVay, Denver, Colo. 97-95--192