Defending champ Port advances at Senior Am

Ellen Port

Ellen Port

Stroke-play medalist Akemi Khaiat and defending champion Ellen Port advanced through the first round of match play at the 52nd USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

Khaiat, playing in her first Senior Women’s Amateur, downed Ellie Layton, 5 and 4, in the opening round. Khaiat shot 3-over 147 (72-75) to take stroke play by one shot over Mina Hardin, the 2010 Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

“At the beginning, because of nerves, I wasn’t swinging well,” said Khaiat, a property investor who lives in Los Angeles and holds Japanese citizenship. “But at the end I got the rhythm back. It took a while, but I hung around. I am just trying not to make a mistake.”

Khaiat made a trip last week to Japan to play in the Kanto State Senior Amateur and returned just before Saturday’s first day of the competition, too late for a practice round at CordeValle, and conceded that she had low expectations. Earlier this summer, she was the runner-up at the 2013 Japan Senior Women’s Amateur.

Khaiat is a seven-time club champion at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., site of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.

Port, a five-time USGA champion and the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, came from behind to defeat Lisa Smego, 2 and 1. Port, who won this event in 2012, was 1 down after 14 holes, but won Nos. 15, 16 and 17 for the victory.

In addition to Port and Hardin, two other Senior Women’s Amateur past champions advanced: Sherry Herman (2009) and Terri Frohnmayer (2011).

Carol Semple Thompson, a four-time Senior Women’s Amateur champion (1999-2002), was eliminated in the first round by Pamela Kuong, 2 and 1.

The second and third rounds of match play are scheduled today, with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds Wednesday and the 18-hole final on Thursday.

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Results:

Akemi Nakata Khaiat, Japan (147) def. Ellie Layton, Rochester, Minn. (164), 5 and 4

Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. (158) def. Jane Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. (158), 2 up

Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. (155) def. Gigi Higgins, Cape Coral, Fla. (160), 5 and 4

Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. (156) def. Lisa Smego, Olympia, Wash. (160), 2 and 1

Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas (152) def. Sandra Woodruff, Santa Cruz, Calif. (162), 19 holes

Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. (159) def. Kareen Markle, Meridian, Idaho (157), 3 and 2

Michelle Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (162) def. Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. (153), 5 and 4

Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. (159) def. Taffy Brower, Boynton Beach, Fla. (157), 6 and 5

Lynne Cowan, Rocklin, Calif. (150) def. Juvy Timan, Watsonville, Calif. (163), 2 and 1

Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. (158) def. Kathleen Kolar, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (159), 5 and 4

Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. (154) def. Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas (161), 19 holes

Becky Neal, Mansfield, Texas (157) def. Jewell Malick, Rockwall, Texas (160), 5 and 3

Helene Maxe, Sweden (151) def. Peggy Brady, Huntersville, N.C. (163), 6 and 5

Mary Ann Hayward, Canada (158) def. Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. (159), 5 and 3

Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. (154) def. Therese Quinn, Jacksonville, Fla. (161), 2 and 1

Terri Frohnmayer, Salem, Ore. (157) def. Linda Pearson, Glendale, Calif. (160), 3 and 2

Mina Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas (148) def. Mary Petrovich, West Bloomfield, Mich. (164), 6 and 5

Cindy Morris, Portsmouth, Va. (159) def. Sydney Wells, Menominee, Mich. (158), 1 up

Karen Ferree, Hilton Head, S.C. (161) def. Marie-Therese Torti, Canada (155), 19 holes

Sue McMurdy, Indiana, Pa. (160) def. Kim Eaton, Tempe, Ariz. (156), 3 and 2

Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (152) def. Maureen Sheehan, Grayslake, Ill. (163), 4 and 3

Mary Budke, Palm Springs, Calif. (159) def. Leilani Norman, Eugene, Ore. (157), 6 and 4

Amy Dickison, Rowley, Mass. (162) def. Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. (154), 2 and 1

Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (157) def. Carol S Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. (159), 2 and 1

Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (150) def. Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, Ill. (163), 5 and 4

Lin McMillan, Palm Coast, Fla. (159) def. Sue Wooster, Australia (158), 3 and 1

Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (155) vs. Alexandra Frazier, West Conshohocken, Pa. (161)

Helene Chartrand, Canada (156) def. Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas (160), 2 up

Sherry Herman, Holmdel, N.J. (151) def. Deborah Anderson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (163), 2 up

Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. (159) def. Rachel Moreaux, San Rafael, Calif. (158), 2 and 1

Susan Cohn, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (154) def. Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas (162), 4 and 3

Marianne Towersey, Pebble Beach, Calif. (160) def. Carol Sarkissian, Chino Hills, Calif. (157), 5 and 3

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