Shirley, Potter advance to Women's Mid-Am final
A day after Nathan Smith was eliminated in his bid for a fifth U.S. Mid-Amateur title, another four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, this time on the women's side, was eliminated Wednesday.
Meghan Stasi, who won U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur titles in 2006, '07, '10 and '12, was defeated by Margaret Shirley in 19 holes in the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C.
Stasi, 35, was credited with a 6 at the first extra hole, the par-4 first hole. Before that, Stasi hadn't trailed in the match, leading 2 up through 16 holes before Shirley, 27, won the final three holes.
Shirley will now face Julia Potter in Thursday's championship match. Potter defeated Canadian Stefi Markovich, 3 and 2, in the other semifinal on Wednesday.
Potter, 25, of Granger, Ind., is making her first U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur appearance. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Missouri.
Shirley, a Roswell, Ga., native and 2008 graduate of Auburn University, left her job as an assistant women's golf coach at the University of Georgia in the spring. She's now the manager of rules and competitions for Atlanta Junior Golf. Her previous best finish at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur was a Round-of-16 loss to Virginia Grimes in 2011, her only other Women's Mid-Amateur appearance.
Stasi now has a record of 34-4 in match play at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, where she has made eight starts.
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Julia Potter def. Tara Joy-Connelly, 1 up
Stefi Markovich def. Martha Leach, 1 up
Meghan Stasi def. Laura Coble, 19 holes
Margaret Shirley def. Andrea Kraus, 5 and 4
Potter def. Markovich, 3 and 2
Shirley def. Stasi, 19 holes