Four mid-ams to watch at the Women’s Am
Five times in the last eight years, a teenager has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. In 2006 Kimberly Kim won the event as a 14 year old. The oldest player over the last eight years to win the championship was a 21-year-old Amanda Blumenherst in 2008.
The oldest player to win the event in the last 35 years was Cathy Sherk in 1978. She was 28. The last time someone in her 30s won was in 1968 by a 30-year-old JoAnne Gunderson.
College and high school players have dominated the tournament, but I think there are a few mid-ams that can make a run this year. Here are a few seasoned veterans who can make a run at Charlotte Country Club.
- Home: Augusta, Ga.
- Age: 46
- School: Augusta State
- Graduated: 1988
- Why she can make a run: Winning is not a problem for Coble. The Georgia native is a eight-time winner of the Georgia State Golf Association Match Play. In 1999 she won the first of her five Georgia State Amateur Championships, a stroke-play event in a stroke play format (Her other victories came in 2003-2005, and 2007). I can’t recall a mid-am at the Women’s Amateur with this impressive of a resume, and especially one who currently competes at such a high level.
- Home: Dallas
- Age: 58
- School: Arizona State
- Graduated: 1974
- Why she can make a run: Creekmore won the 2006 North & South Senior Amateur and the Texas Women’s Open. She has also won the 2004 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur. Other past success for the Arkansas native includes three quarterfinal appearances at the U.S Women’s Mid-Amateur (1997, 1999, 2008). I would love to see Creekmore, 58, make it in to match play at Charlotte Country Club. If she does, I hope the younger players take notes.
- Home: Hebron, Ky.
- Age: 48
- School: Georgia
- Graduated: 1983
- Why she can make a run: Leach was the 2009 Women’s Mid-Am champion, and played the event in 107-degree heat at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Ocala, Fla. Why does her performance in hot weather matter? Simple. It shows she can handle the Charlotte’s summer heat. Mid-90s are expected throughout the week. As a college player at Georgia, Leach won the 1980 Liz Murphey and 1979 Bermuda Amateur. Now it’s time to see if she can stand out again at an USGA event.
- From: Oakland Park, Fla.
- Age: 32
- School: Tulane
- Graduated: 2000
- Why she can make a run: This championship will be a year of redemption for Stasi. This will be her sixth appearance at the Women’s Amateur, and she is still looking to make her first cut. Stasi won back-to-back Mid-Ams in 2006 and ’07. This year Stasi has had success in match play tournaments, winning the Florida State Amateur Match Play. She has also won seven straight Philadelphia Women’s Championships. Making the cut at the Amateur has been tough for Stasi, but she has played very well the last couple of years. I think she makes her way in to this year’s top 64.