2005: Lapointe accomplishes goal with victory

Richmond, Texas

Canadian Mary Anne Lapointe wanted to prove to herself that she could win south of the border.

So she did with a 1-up victory Sept. 15 over Kerry Postillion at the 19th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Lapointe, 45, who is from Georgetown, Ontario, a town of 15,000.

“I have lots of support back home. . . . Not many people were working. Lots of people were watching the Internet.

“It has been a goal of mine to win something outside of Canada. To win the Mid-Amateur was a real goal of mine.”

Lapointe, 45, who missed last year’s event because of a rib injury suffered in a car accident, is a four-time Canadian Ladies Amateur champion (1993, ’96, ’99, 2004). She became the first international player to win the Women’s Mid-Amateur and the sixth Canadian to win a USGA event.

Lapointe, who shot 72-75 in stroke-play qualifying, never trailed in the 18-hole final. She built a 4-up lead through seven holes, playing the holes even par to Postillion’s 5 over. Through 11 holes, Lapointe held that advantage.

Postillion, who was the stroke-play medalist after shooting 72-70, rallied to extend the match to the final hole. Trailing 3 down, Postillion won the 15th with a birdie (Lapointe made double bogey) and 16th with a par (Lapointe made bogey).

With a 1-up lead heading to No. 17, Lapointe remained positive.

“I didn’t hit the panic button,” said Lapointe, who was the 1998 medalist, her first year playing in the event. “On the 17th tee, I told myself to forget what’s happening. I had been sloppy the last few holes. But I said, ‘I’m 1 up with two to play. A lot of people would be thrilled to be in my position.’ ”

Both players parred the 149-yard 17th. At the 437-yard, par-5 18th, Lapointe found the fairway, and Postillion drove into a fairway bunker. Lapointe hit to the green in three about 15 feet from the hole.

Postillion, 42 from Burr Ridge, Ill., got out of the bunker, advanced her third shot only 40 yards and hit her fourth shot to 12 feet away.

“It’s an easy hole to hit that shot when you’re 1 up,” said Lapointe, who regained her amateur status in 1986. “It’s very difficult when you’re 1 down.”

Lapointe’s birdie putt came up inches short as Postillion conceded the putt and the match.

“I never got it going,” said Postillion, who lost to Ellen Port in the 1996 Women’s Mid-Amateur final and was stroke-play medalist in 1997.

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