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September 18, 2014 | 3:37 p.m.

Joan Higgins wins U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

Andy Zunz
Joan Higgins won the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Championship in Deal, N.J.
Joan Higgins won the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Championship in Deal, N.J.

Joan Higgins won the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship 1 up over Judith Kyrinis.

The win is Higgins' second USGA title – she also took the 2008 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, becoming only the third player to win both.

Higgins, of Glendora, Calif., took the advantage on hole No. 16 with a par on the par-5, 446-yard hole. She halved the final two holes, sealing the 1 up victory. Higgins finished strong, winning or halving each of the five closing holes. She failed to miss a fairway during the 18-hole final.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Higgins in ...

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Andy Zunz
Joan Higgins (left) and Judith Kyrinis will meet in Thursday's final at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Hollywood GC in Deal, N.J.
Joan Higgins (left) and Judith Kyrinis will meet in Thursday's final at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Hollywood GC in Deal, N.J.

Joan Higgins and Judith Kyrinis will meet in Thursday's U.S. Senior Women's Amateur final, but they didn't get their without first facing tough fights in the semifinals.

Higgins defeated Kareen Markle 3 and 2 after trailing most of the front nine, while Kyrinis edged 2011 champ Terri Frohnmayer 2 and 1 despite falling behind after the turn.

Turning the tables in her match with three straight wins at Nos. 8-10, Higgins went 2 up. She went on to win or halve eight of the final nine holes, winning the match 3 and 2.

Higgins had reached ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Terri Frohnmayer celebrates her round-of-32 win during Tuesday's match play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J.
Terri Frohnmayer celebrates her round-of-32 win during Tuesday's match play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J.

Canadian Senior Women's Amateur champ Helene Chartrand advanced to the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinals Tuesday while 2011 champion Terri Frohnmayer did the same.

Chartrand never trailed in either of her matches, handily defeating Laura Carson, 7 and 5, in the Round of 32, then edging Noreen Mohler, 1 up.

“I hit my driver really well and hit some 5-woods and 3-woods that were terrific,” Chartrand told the USGA. If she is to pull off a double for the year, she must next get past Joan Higgins, who defeated Joanne Kitusky, 3 and 2, in the Round ...

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Categories: Amateur, Women, Bill Zimmerman
Andy Zunz
Ellen Port advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur.
Ellen Port advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur.

Ellen Port, the two-time defending U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion, defeated Kimberly Briele 6-and-4 in her Round-of-64 match to advance to the Round of 32 at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J., Monday.

Port, the stroke-play qualifying medalist, will play Marta Leach on Tuesday.

Brenda Pictor, who tied for second in qualifying and has reached the semifinals twice, failed to make it out of her match, losing to 1-up to Canada's Helene Chartrand.

The longest match of the day went to Nancy Kromar and Judith Kyrinis, where Kyrinis won in 19 holes. That was the only ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Women, Andy Zunz
September 14, 2014 | 9:15 p.m.

Ellen Port medals in U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

Bill Zimmerman
Ellen Port during the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J.
Ellen Port during the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J.

A 71 Sunday got two-time defending champion Ellen Port two shots under par, and nine shots clear of the field, as she earned medalist honors during stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship.

“I hit a lot of 5-woods off the tees, even though it would mean a longer approach shot," said Port, also a four-time Mid-Am champ and the captain of this year's winning Curtis Cup team, of managing the course en route to a 144 stroke-play total.

First-round co-leader Brenda Pictor was among the group at 153 along with Andrea Kraus, Judith ...

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September 13, 2014 | 8:43 p.m.

U.S. Women's Senior Am: Port, Pictor share lead

Andy Zunz
Ellen Port shares the lead through one round of the U.S. Women's Senior Amateur.
Ellen Port shares the lead through one round of the U.S. Women's Senior Amateur.

Ellen Port and Brenda Pictor lead stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in Deal, N.J., through one round.

The pair carded even-par 73s at the Hollywood Golf Club, sharing the advantage through the first day of qualifying.

Port and Pictor both have experience at the Women's Senior Amateur. Port is the two-time defending champion, and Pictor reached the semifinals in 2012.

“The last three weeks, I have really worked hard on my game,” said Port in a release. “On the range, I probably have hit the ball as well as I have ...

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Categories: Amateur, Women, Andy Zunz
Brentley Romine
Margaret Shirley won the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur with a 5-and-3 victory over 2013 champion Julia Potter.
Margaret Shirley won the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur with a 5-and-3 victory over 2013 champion Julia Potter.

Margaret Shirley won the first hole in her championship match Thursday against Julia Potter at the U.S. Mid-Amateur and never relinquished the lead en route to a 5-and-3 victory.

It's the first U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur title for the Roswell, Ga., native, who was making her third appearance in the U.S. Golf Association championship. She lost to Potter in the 2013 final.

Shirley, who wrapped up a 5-and-4 semifinal win over Meghan Stasi Thursday morning, birdied her first two holes in the final match at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. She led 2 up ...

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Categories: Amateur, Women, Top Stories
Brentley Romine
Julia Potter will look to capture her second straight U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur title Thursday, and she'll have to beat Margaret Shirley again to do it.
Julia Potter will look to capture her second straight U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur title Thursday, and she'll have to beat Margaret Shirley again to do it.

For the first time in U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur history, there will be a rematch in final.

Julia Potter, last year's champion, and Margaret Shirley, last year's runner-up, both won their semifinal matches early Thursday morning and will meet for a second straight year in the championship match, which is set to begin Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Eastern at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.

The semifinals were supposed to conclude Wednesday, but inclement weather pushed the completion of those two matches to Thursday.

Potter, 26, defeated Tara Joy-Connelly, 2 and 1. The Granger ...

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Brentley Romine
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

There's a new No. 1 in women's amateur golf.

Canadian Brooke Mackenzie Henderson moved into the top spot in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking, replacing former No. 1 Minjee Lee, who turned pro last week. Henderson, runner-up at last month's U.S. Women's Amateur, leads second-ranked Alison Lee by 164.33 points.

Here is what the top 10 looks like:

  • 1. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson . . . 1,855.77
  • 2. Alison Lee . . . 1,691.44
  • 3. Nanna Madsen . . . 1,546.05
  • 4. Celine Boutier . . . 1,470.21
  • 5. Su-Hyun Oh . . . 1,457.81
  • 6. Andrea Lee . . . 1 ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Women, Top Stories
Bill Zimmerman
Julia Potter during the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.
Julia Potter during the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.

U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur stroke-play medalist Margaret Shirley went ahead at the 12th hole in her round of 16 match Tuesday against Tobi Herron and held on for a 2 and 1 win at Harbour Treen Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind., to reach the quarterfinals.

Shirley went 1 up at the first hole and never trailed, though twice on the front nine Herron squared the match. Earlier in the day, Shirley had advanced out of the round of 32 with a win over former Curtis Cup captain Pat Cornett, 5 and 4.

Defending champion Julia Potter, who edged Shirley ...

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Cassie Stein
Margaret Shirley, the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up, advanced on Monday to the Round of 32 at this year's event at Harbour Tree Golf Club.
Margaret Shirley, the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur runner-up, advanced on Monday to the Round of 32 at this year's event at Harbour Tree Golf Club.

After becoming the first medalist to shoot to consecutive rounds in the 60s at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Margaret Shirley won her Round of 64 match Monday.

Shirley, of Atlanta, defeated Rachel Smith, of Mansfield, Texas, 2 up at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. Shirley will take on Patricia Cornett in the morning.

Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., defeated Lisa McGill 4 and 2 to move on to Tuesday. Stasi is a four-time winner of the event.

Julia Potter, who defeated Shirley in the 2013 final, also won her match Monday 2 and 1 ...

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Andy Zunz
Margaret Shirley took medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.
Margaret Shirley took medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

Scores

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Margaret Shirley stepped her game up a notch, becoming the only player to shoot a round in the 60s in two rounds of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

Shirley fired a 3-under 69 at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind., moving to 2 under par in total. She took medalist honors over Dawn Woodard, who finished at 1 under.

Shirley, the runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, made four birdies and a bogey on her round. She'll head into the match play portion of the tournament as the top ...

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Categories: Amateur, Women, Andy Zunz
September 6, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.

Australia takes comeback win at Women's WATC

Andy Zunz
Minjee Lee helped Australia earn a come-from-behind win at the World Amateur Team Championships.
Minjee Lee helped Australia earn a come-from-behind win at the World Amateur Team Championships.

Canada looked poised to take a wire-to-wire victory at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships, heading into the final round with a two-stroke lead and all of the momentum.

But world No. 1 amateur Minjee Lee and team Australia ruined those plans in the final round at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Japan.

Lee fired a 7-under 65, combining with Su Oh's 6-under 66 for a tournament-low round of 13-under 131 in the play-three-count-two format. Lee went bogey-free on the round, adding five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole.

Australia gained nine strokes on Canada ...

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Andy Zunz
Brooke Henderson is 15 under through three round at the World Amateur Team Championships, helping Canada take the lead.
Brooke Henderson is 15 under through three round at the World Amateur Team Championships, helping Canada take the lead.

The United States made a move, but team Canada still leads through three rounds of the World Amateur Team Championships at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Japan.

Canada, led by Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, sits at 23 under, two strokes ahead of South Korea. Henderson has carded rounds of 66-69-66, turning in the low score for her team each day in the play-three-count-two format. She played a bogey-free third round, making six birdies to finish at 6-under 66.

Alison Lee and Emma Talley shot rounds of 68 for the United States, helping it move to a tie for sixth. The U ...

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Categories: Amateur, Women, Andy Zunz
September 4, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.

Canada holds second-round lead at Women’s WATC

Cassie Stein
Brooke Mackenzie continues to pace Canada at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
Brooke Mackenzie continues to pace Canada at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.

After Round 2 of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, Canada continues to lead with a two-round total of 14-under 274 at Karuizawa (Japan) 72 Golf East.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (69) and Brittany Marchard (70) led Canada to a second-round total of 5-under 139 on the Iriyama course. Their 36-hole total tied the second-lowest in Women’s WATC history.

Japan, which was 16th after the first round, shot a second-round 12-under 132, the second-lowest team score for any round in the championship. Mirami Katsu shot 7-under 65 to help lift the Japanese into second place. Teammate Eri Okayama shot ...

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