Julia Potter maintained her five-shot lead from Round 1 of U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play qualifying to win medalist honors in a U.S. Golf Assocation event for the first time in her career.
Potter, 25, is a former University of Missouri golfer and reinstated amateur from Granger, Ind. She shot 1-over 143 at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., for the stroke-play title. Potter followed her first-round 2-under 69 (the only round under par on Day 1) with a 3-over 74.
“I was really afraid that I was going to be that girl who goes 69-79,” Potter said. “The pin placements, compared to yesterday, are definitely in more difficult spots. Not only difficult to get to, but difficult to putt.”
Defending U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi was runner-up in stroke play with a 6-over 148 total. Stasi, of Oakland Park, Fla., opened with 76, but came back with 1-over 72 on Sunday.
Margarest Shirley of Roswell, Ga., was third, one stroke behind Stasi.
Because of a one-hour fog delay on Sunday morning, six competitors must come back at 9 a.m. Monday morning to play off for the 64th and final spot on the match-play bracket. Those players finished 36 holes at 25-over 167.
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