Port aiming for 4th Women’s Mid-Am title

Ellen Port during the 2011 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Ellen Port is in position to win a record fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur title.

Port, who turned 50 on Wednesday, has reached the finals at Bayville Golf Club after a 3-and-2 victory Thursday morning over Helene Beat. Port won this championship in 1995, ’96 and 2000.

In the 18-hole final Thursday afternoon, Port will face another past Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, 2009 winner Martha Leach, who won her semifinal match in 19 holes over Tara Joy-Connelly.

Should Port win, the 11-year span between victories would break the record of seven years held by Carol Semple Thompson, who won in 1990 and 1997. A win also would move Port into a tie for the most Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories (56).

“In a lot of ways, I feel like I’m doing things better in my golf game now than I did when I won,” Port said earlier this week.

Information from the USGA was used in this report.

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