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Jordan Niebrugge after helping the U.S. win the 2013 Walker Cup.
Jordan Niebrugge after helping the U.S. win the 2013 Walker Cup.

It's time to look back at the 2013 amateur-golf season. Our experts, Ron Balicki (@WrongRon), Julie Williams (@GolfweekJules) and Cassie Stein (@GolfweekCassie), tackle five questions, including who was the amateur player of the year, which player had the most surprising year and more.

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Who would you name as your amateur player of the year (male and female)?

Ron: There were some very good performances throughout the year, but as far as my male amateur player of the year goes, I have to go with Jordan Niebrugge. He dominated both on the national level as well as in his home ...

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Julie Williams
Alison Lee
Alison Lee

The U.S. Golf Association released its list of invitees for the first Curtis Cup practice session, which will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Champions Golf Club in Houston. The matches will be played June 6-8 at St. Louis Country Club, and the final squad will consist of eight women.

St. Louis native Ellen Port, a six-time USGA champion and two-time U.S. Curtis Cup Team member, will serve as captain of the U.S. team.

The list of invitees:

• Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (Oklahoma State)

• Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (USC)

• Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (USC)

• Lauren Diaz-Yi ...

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Ron Gaines
2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel is among those set to compete in the senior portion of the Dixie Amateur.
2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel is among those set to compete in the senior portion of the Dixie Amateur.

South Florida is home to one of the oldest and largest amateur tournaments in the nation, the Dixie Amateur. The Dixie, as it’s often called, was first contested in 1924, and boasts a list of winners that reads like a who’s-who of professional golf.

“This year we’ll have about 220 players in the men’s division, another 110 women and 90 seniors,” said tournament director Ben Derauf.

“It’s a very solid international field with more than 10 countries being represented this year.”

The 83rd Dixie Amateur will begin Dec. 13-15 with the senior portion at Heron ...

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Cassie Stein
Julia Potter during the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in Asheville, N.C.
Julia Potter during the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in Asheville, N.C.

Julia Potter of Granger, Ind., defeated Margaret Shirley of Rosewell, Ga., in 19 holes, to win the 27th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on Thursday at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C.

It was the third U.S. Women’s Mid-Am final to go to extra holes and the first since 1992.

Potter got up early in her match with Shirley, a 2008 Auburn graduate, but was down from holes Nos. 5 to 17. She won the 17th with a par to square the match.

Potter won the 19th hole when Shirley, who defeated four-time U.S ...

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Margaret Shirley during the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.
Margaret Shirley during the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

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 ...

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Julia Potter during the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in Asheville, N.C.
Julia Potter during the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in Asheville, N.C.

Trying to become the first medalist to win the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur since 2000, Julia Potter won two tough matches Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals in Asheville, N.C.

Potter, 25, defeated Marilyn Hardy in the morning, starting the match 2 down after two holes but moving ahead during the back nine for a 3-and-2 win. In the afternoon, she led early against Kate Hildahl – as much as 5 up – before needing a par at the 18th for a 1-up win.

“I honestly started thinking about it. Man, I'm starting off on fire on that front ...

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Medalist Julia Potter advanced to Round 2 of stroke play at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.
Medalist Julia Potter advanced to Round 2 of stroke play at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

Medalist Julia Potter remains after the first round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. The 25-year-old defeated Stacy Dennis, 2 up, at the top of the bracket on Monday.

Potter, however, had to rally from 3 down after 12 holes in order to stick around at the Biltmore Forest Club in Asheville, N.C. She opened her match with a double bogey and Dennis took an immediate lead.

Dennis expanded it over the rest of the front nine and after the turn. Potter found her game at the 13th, where she stuck her third shot to ...

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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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