Port, Cohn advance to USGA Senior Women's final

Ellen Port

Ellen Port

Defending champion Ellen Port is one step closer to a second consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship title.

Port, who has five USGA titles, defeated Marilyn Hardy, 6 and 4, in the quarterfinals Wednesday at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. In the afternoon, Port scored a 4-and-3 victory over Mary Jane Hiestand.

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, will face Susan Cohn in the 18-hole championship match tomorrow.

Cohn, playing in her first USGA Senior Amateur, scored a 4-and-3 victory in the semifinals over Caryn Wilson. Earlier in the day, Cohn defeated Corey Weworski in 20 holes in the quarterfinals.

Besides her Senior Amateur title last year, Port also has won four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs. Port recently was inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, along with Bob Costas and Joe Torre. She has won seven Missouri Women’s Golf Association state amateur titles.

Earlier this year, Cohn won her 10th Palm Beach County (Fla.) Women’s Amateur Championship.

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Semifinals

• Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. (156) def. Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. (154), 4 and 3

• Susan Cohn, Palm Beach Gardens (154) def. Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (152), 4 and 3

Quarterfinals

Upper bracket

• Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. (156) def. Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas (152), 6 and 4

• Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. (154) def. Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. (148), 5 and 3

Lower bracket

• Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (152) def. Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5 and 3

• Susan Cohn, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (154) def. Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (155), 20 holes

Second Round

Upper bracket

• Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. (158) def. Akemi Nakata Khaiat, Japan (147), 1 up

• Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. (156) def. Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. (155), 4 and 3

• Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas (152) def. Leigh Klasse, St. Anthony, Minn. (159), 3 and 2

• Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. (159) def. Michelle Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (162), 5 and 4

• Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. (158) def. Lynne Cowan, Rocklin, Calif. (150), 2 and 1

• Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. (154) def. Becky Neal, Mansfield, Texas (157), 7 and 5

• Mary Ann Hayward, Canada (158) def. Helene Maxe, Sweden (151), 6 and 5

• Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. (154) def. Terri Frohnmayer, Salem, Ore. (157), 19 holes

Lower bracket

• Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas (148) def. Cindy Morris, Portsmouth, Va. (159), 2 and 1

• Karen Ferree, Hilton Head, S.C. (161) def. Sue McMurdy, Indiana, Pa. (160), 19 holes

• Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (152) def. Mary Budke, Palm Springs, Calif. (159), 3 and 2

• Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (157) def. Amy Dickison, Rowley, Mass. (162), 1 up

• Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (150) def. Lin McMillan, Palm Coast, Fla. (159), 1 up

• Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (155) def. Helene Chartrand, Canada (156), 3 and 2

• Sherry Herman, Holmdel, N.J. (151) def. Joan Higgins, Glendora, Calif. (159), 1 up

• Susan Cohn, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (154) def. Marianne Towersey, Pebble Beach, Calif. (160), 2 and 1

Third Round

Upper bracket

• Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. (156) def. Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa., 6 and 5

• Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas def. Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif. (159), 2 up

• Liz Waynick, Scottsdale, Ariz. (154) def. Tanna Richard, Fort Smith, Ark. (158), 2 up

• Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. (154) def. Mary Ann Hayward, Canada (158), 1 up

Lower bracket

• Mina Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas (148) def. Karen Ferree, Hilton Head, S.C. (161), 7 and 5

• Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (152) def. Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (157), 2 up

• Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. (155) def. Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. (150), 4 and 3

• Susan Cohn, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (154) def. Sherry Herman, Holmdel, N.J. (151), 19 holes

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