2004: U.S. Women's Mid-Amatuer - Weworski turns vacation into victory

Knoxville, Tenn.

Corey Weworski was only looking for a little golf and a little sightseeing. As it turned out, she played a lot of golf, had a bit of a vacation and earned a national championship.

Weworski, of Carlsbad, Calif., defeated Virginia Derby Grimes, of Montgomery, Ala., 5 and 4, in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Sept. 15 at Holston Hills Country Club.

Weworski, 42, almost didn’t enter because she had two children back home who were ready to start school.

“I finally decided to sign up and give it a try,” Weworski told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “I figured after stroke-play (qualifying), I would be finished and could visit the Smoky Mountains, and I also wanted to go to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.”

Weworski, who lost in the semifinals at last year’s Women’s Mid-Amateur, turned a 2-down deficit after two holes into a 1-up lead after No. 5. She never trailed after that and took the lead for good after winning No. 8. In the 18-hole final, Weworski shot 2 over for the 14 holes, and Grimes played the 14 holes in 7 over.

“I never expected to win, but I didn’t want to get embarrassed either,” Weworski said. “I wanted to give her a fight and I did. This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Grimes, who won the 1998 Women’s Mid-Amateur, came into the final with an impressive resume. Grimes, 40, is a former Auburn golf coach and player, a two-time Curtis Cup player and five-time Alabama state champion.

Grimes has undergone neck surgery and two back operations in the past four years. In August 2002, doctors inserted titanium stints filled with crushed bone between a degenerative disc.

“She was really on,” Grimes said of Weworski. “Today, I just did not feel like it was there for me.”

It was for Weworski, who kept in touch with her family throughout the week.

“(Tyler) called last night (Tuesday) and said, ‘Mom, I just want to say I really love you and hope you win.’ On the other hand, Ryan had been calling me all week and saying, ‘Mom, please come home.’ I told him, ‘Let me give the phone to the next person I’m going to play and you tell them that, because I’m not going to lose on purpose.’ ”

Fortunately, Weworski didn’t have to.

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