McCullough, Herrick and Klasse Each Headed to Match Play at U.S. Women's Mid-Am in Texas


November 13 2017
Olivia Herrick hitting her tee shot at the second hole during the quarterfinal round at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Shannon Johnson hitting her tee shot at the second hole during the quarterfinal round at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Shannon Johnson pointing to the direction of her drive off of the ninth hole during the semifinal round at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Shannon Johnson hitting her tee shot at the 12th hole during the semifinal round at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Shannon Johnson, left, reaches out to Olivia Herrick after she defeated Herrick 5 & 4 during the quarterfinal round at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Olivia Herrick, left, is congratulated by Kathy Kurata after she defeated her 5 & 4 during the round of 32 at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Marissa Mar hitting her tee shot at the second hole during the round of 32 at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Olivia Herrick hitting her tee shot at the second hole during the round of 32 at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Mary Jane Hiestand hitting her tee shot at the third hole during the round of 64 at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Marissa Mar hitting her tee shot at the 16th hole during the round of 64 at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Olivia Herrick hitting her tee shot at the third hole during the round of 64 at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Jamie Zook hitting out of the bunker at the 17th hole during the first round of stroke play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Meghan Trainor watching her tee shot at the 12th hole during the first round of stroke play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Olivia Herrick watching her tee shot at the 12th hole during the first round of stroke play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Shannon Johnson hitting her tee shot at the 12th hole during the first round of stroke play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Competitors warming up on the range before the first round of stroke play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Chris Schuhmann hands out the caddie bibs before the start of the first round of stroke play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

  HOUSTON – Firing a 36-hole total of 146 to open the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Champions Golf Club, Paige McCullough led a trio of Minnesotans and will be joined in the match play portion of the tournament with Olivia Herrick and Leigh Klasse.

McCullough, a former University of Minnesota golfer who won the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at New Prague Golf Club in early August, opened the championship with a 1-over par 73 Saturday and followed it by posting an identical score during the final round of stroke play Sunday, advancing to the match play portion of the tournament.

Seeded No. 9 for match play, McCullough squares off against Mary Jane Hiestand, of Naples, Fla., during the opening round of match play early Monday.

Herrick, of Roseville, Minn., earned an exemption into the 2017 championship after advancing to the semifinals of the 2016 tournament at The Kahkwa Club in Eeri, Pa. On Saturday Herrick fired a round of 4-over par 76 after playing her front nine at even par before carding four consecutive bogeys late in the round.

The four-time MGA Women’s Player of the Year carded a lone bogey during her front nine Sunday before carding a bogey and double-bogey over the final nine to finish 36-holes at 8-over par 152 to qualify for match play for the fourth time in five seasons.

Herrick, the 28th seed for match play, faces Tennessee’s Sarah Mathews to begin the Round of 64 at 9:57 a.m. Monday.

Klasse carded a 1-over par 37 during her front nine to begin the championship Saturday before shooting even par over the final nine holes to finish the first round with a 73.

Struggling to find her consistency during the second round Sunday, Klasse finished with a round of 79 to qualify for match play at 8-over par 152.

Earning the No. 30 seed for match play, Klasse begins the Round of 64 against Oregon’s Gretchen Johnson at 11:45 a.m. Monday.



2017 U.S. WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
CHAMPIONS GOLF CLUB
HOUSTON, TEXAS
6,036 YARDS, PAR 72


FINAL STROKE PLAY RESULTS

T1. Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa., 69-73—142
T1. Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va., 74-68—142
T1. Marissa Mar, San Francisco, Calif., 72-70—142
T4. Shannon Johnson, Norton, Mass., 69-74—143
T4. Kathy Kurata, Pasadena, Calif., 72-71—143
6. Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky., 73-71—144
T7. Ashley Freeman, Houston, Texas, 73-72—145
T7. Tara Joy-Connelly, North Palm Beach, Fla., 72-73—145
T9. PAIGE MCCULLOUGH, STILLWATER, MINN., 73-73—146
T9. Hayley Hammond, Mooresville, N.C., 74-72—146

T28. OLIVIA HERRICK, ROSEVILLE, MINN., 76-76—152
T28. LEIGH KLASSE, CUMBERLAND, WIS., 73-79—152



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