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October 6, 2013 | 9:06 p.m.

Potter medalist at U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

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Julia Potter (file photo)
Julia Potter (file photo)

Final results

Julia Potter maintained her five-shot lead from Round 1 of U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play qualifying to win medalist honors in a U.S. Golf Assocation event for the first time in her career.

Potter, 25, is a former University of Missouri golfer and reinstated amateur from Granger, Ind. She shot 1-over 143 at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., for the stroke-play title. Potter followed her first-round 2-under 69 (the only round under par on Day 1) with a 3-over 74.

“I was really afraid that I was going to be that girl who ...

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First-round scores

Julia Potter was the only player to shoot under par Saturday in Round 1 of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. The 25-year-old leads by five.

Potter is a former member of the University of Missouri women’s golf team. Her 2-under 69 at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., included three birdies and one bogey. Potter, of Granger, Ind., leads Canada’s Christina Proteau by five.

Proteau, 30, is a criminal prosecutor for the British Columbia Ministry of Justice. This is her second U.S. Mid-Amateur appearance. She battled an illness on ...

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Ellen Port
Ellen Port

Ellen Port of St. Louis won her second consecutive USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship title, defeating Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2, in Thursday's final at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

For Port, 52, a high school teacher and golf coach, it was her sixth USGA title overall, tying her with Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy. The trio trails only JoAnne Gunderson Carner (eight), Carol Simpson Thompson (seven) and Anne Quast Sander (seven) in career USGA victories. Port, who became the first player to win back-to-back Women's Senior Am titles since Diane ...

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September 25, 2013 | 8:21 p.m.

Port, Cohn advance to USGA Senior Women's final

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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 ...

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Ellen Port
Ellen Port

Defending champion Ellen Port won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, defeated Patty Moore, 4 and 3, in the round of 32 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Port then eliminated Lisa McGill, 6 and 5, in the round of 16. With each match, Port has played fewer holes – 17 in first match, 15 in second match and 13 in third match.

Stroke-play medalist Akemi Nakata, playing her first Senior Women’s Amateur, was eliminated in the second round by McGill, 1 up ...

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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 ...

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September 19, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

New Jersey women claim 1st USGA State Team title

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Cindy Ha, Tara Fleming and Alice Chen hoist the trophy for New Jersey at the U.S. Women's State Team Championship.
Cindy Ha, Tara Fleming and Alice Chen hoist the trophy for New Jersey at the U.S. Women's State Team Championship.

New Jersey broke free from a tie at the USGA Women’s State Team Championship on Thursday, pulling ahead of Florida to win the state’s first title in the event.

Alice Chen posted the team’s low score for the third consecutive day – a 1-over 74 at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. Her second-round 67 helped New Jersey make a run up the leaderboard. Chen tied Maryland’s Bryana Nguyen at 6-under 213 to win co-medalist honors in the event. Cindy Ha contributed a final-round 75 for New Jersey, and Tara Fleming posted 82.

At 8-over 446, New ...

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September 19, 2013 | 9:56 a.m.

New Jersey, Florida tied at Women's State Team

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Alice Chen shot a record-tying 6-under 67 Sept. 18 to pace her New Jersey team to a share of the lead with Florida after two rounds of the USGA Women’s State Team Championship at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.

New Jersey and Florida are tied at 5-over 297 heading into today’s final round over the South Course. First-round leader Arizona is five shots behind. Two-time defending champion Georgia is tied for sixth.

With the potential for inclement weather Thursday and the desire to give as many teams as possible a chance to complete 54 holes, a 36-hole ...

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September 18, 2013 | 12:05 p.m.

Arizona leads Women’s State Team Championship

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Arizona took a two-shot lead after the first round of the USGA Women’s State Team Championship Sept. 17 at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.

Hannah O’Sullivan, 15, shot 2-under 71 over the South Course to lead Arizona to a 2-under 144 total. Teammates Stephanie Kim, 22, shot even-par 73 and Kylee Duede, 22, shot 9-over 82.

The 54-hole event counts the two lowest scores of three players for each round.

Florida, behind even-par rounds by Meghan Stasi and Tara Joy-Connelly, was second at 146. Rounding out the top five were New Mexico at 147, Indiana at 148 ...

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September 10, 2013 | 6:41 p.m.

U.S. Women's Am awarded to San Diego CC for 2017

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The U.S. Golf Association has announced that the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be played at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. It will be the third time San Diego Country Club has hosted the Women’s Amateur in the event’s 77-year history. Mickey Wright, a San Diego native, won in 1964 and Jill McGill won in 1993.

“San Diego Country Club is very pleased to host another USGA event in the 120th year of our existence,” said Dean Knuth, chairman of the club’s 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur committee. “We have ...

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September 8, 2013 | 12:04 p.m.

2020 Tokyo Olympics eye Kasumigaseki for golf

Bill Zimmerman
Players on the driving range ahead of the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe City, Japan.
Players on the driving range ahead of the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe City, Japan.

Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics includes the selection of Kasumigaseki Country Club, northwest of the city, as the intended host if golf is part of the games.

Kasumigaseki, a 36-hole facility, played host to the 2010 Asian Amateur won by Hideki Matsuyama on its West Course. In 1957 it hosted the World Cup (then known as the Canada Cup) on its East Course as Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono of Japan claimed the title over Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead of the U.S. Kasumigaseki also has hosted the Japan Open four times and the Japan ...

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The U.S. Golf Association announced on Sept. 4 The Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa., as the host site for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. It will be held Sept. 10-15.

The Kahkwa Club was founded in 1892. It was designed and built by C. Paxton Cody and the Henry Shenk Company, and laid out by Donald Ross.

This will be the third USGA Championship conducted by The Kahkwa Club. It previously hosted the 1971 and 2004 U.S. Women’s Open.

The 2016 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be the first one held in Pennsylvania ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Mary Jane Hiestand with her caddie/husband Jeff.
Mary Jane Hiestand with her caddie/husband Jeff.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Mary Jane Hiestand walked off the 18th green at the Country Club of Orlando grumbling about her 80. Qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is a one-shot deal, and though there were only 14 players in the field and four spots up for grabs, Hiestand knew she might be in trouble.

But, the 54-year-old Florida alumna qualified on the number for the Oct. 5-10 event at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., snatching the last spot out of steamy central Florida. Hiestand has been playing in the Mid-Am for more than 20 years (her ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Lydia Ko celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th hole to cement her five-stroke victory during the final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open.
Lydia Ko celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th hole to cement her five-stroke victory during the final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Lydia Ko must get tired of hearing the same questions. But when a 16-year-old leaves more than $1 million on the table for the sake of staying amateur, the obvious question must be asked: How long can that last?

The main difference between Ko, the youngest player to win two LPGA titles, and most LPGA players is that she’s not getting paid. Ko won the recent CN Canadian Women’s Open in her 10th event of the LPGA season. The tour has only had 19 tournaments so far. Ko doesn’t compete against other girls her age. She plays ...

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Cassie Stein
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Matthew Fitzpatrick

Matthew Fitzpatrick, recently crowd the U.S. Amateur champion, and New Zealand teen Lydia Ko have earned the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. It marks Ko's third consecutive year at the top of the amateur rankings.

Fitzpatrick, of England, has enjoyed an outstanding summer. His good play began at the Open Championship, where he was low amateur. Two weeks later, he was the runner-up at the England Amateur Championship, and followed that with the U.S. Amateur Championship. He's the first Englishman to win it since 1911. With that ...

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