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Wilson, Potter-Bobb Post 4-Under 68s at U.S. Women's Mid-Am

September 15, 2019

 

Wilson, Potter-Bobb Lead Way With 4-Under 68s

Sept. 14-19, 2019 | Forest Highlands Golf Club | Flagstaff, Ariz.
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When: Sept. 14, 2019
 
What: 33rd U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
 
Where: Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, Ariz.
 
Course Architect: Tom Weiskopf (Meadow Course)
 
Par and Yardage: Par 72 – 6,202 yards
 

WHAT HAPPENED:
 
Two-time champion Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Caryn Wilson, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., both shot 4-under-par rounds of 68 to lead the way on Saturday in Round 1 of stroke play for the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Potter-Bobb, 31, who won this championship in 2013 and 2016 and was the runner-up in 2014, and Wilson, 58, a semifinalist in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur two weeks ago, matched the lowest stroke-play score in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history. Two players had previously shot 68: Dawn Woodard in the first round of the 2005 championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas; and Lauren Greenlief in the second round of the 2017 championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

“This was the most solid round I’ve played in a long time,” said Wilson, who is one of two people, along with Althea Gibson, to have played in the U.S. Women’s Open in golf and tennis. “I had one bogey, and it was a good bogey. I putted well today.”
Potter-Bobb’s previous best stroke-play score in six championship starts was a 69 in her first Women’s Mid-Amateur round ever, in 2013 at Biltmore Forest Golf Club in Asheville, N.C. She went on to earn medalist honors and win the first of her two titles that year at age 25.

“I’m incredibly happy with how I played,” said Potter-Bobb, who was the oldest player to reach match play last month in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club, where she lost in the first round. “It could have been better, but everyone says that. I’m very happy with being 4-under going into tomorrow.”

Potter-Bobb and Wilson each had five birdies against a lone bogey, with both blemishes coming on the par-4 sixth hole, a 369-yard par-4 that ranked as the seventh-toughest on the course today. Courtney McKim, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., a quarterfinalist in this championship in 2017, shot a 3-under 69, which matches 12 previous players who had that score in Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play history.

Sarah Gallagher, 46, of Canton, Ga., who missed the cut last year in her first USGA start in 25 years, was alone in fourth place after a 2-under 70. A total of seven players shot scores of 1-under 71, three of them USGA champions: seven-time champion Ellen Port (who has four of her titles in this championship), 2015 Women’s Mid-Am champion Lauren Greenlief and 2017 Women’s Mid-Am champion Kelsey Chugg, who was the runner-up last year to Shannon Johnson. Johnson, of Easton, Mass., opened with a 2-over 74.
 
NOTABLE:
 
  • Kelsey Chugg, 28, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has played in the last two finals of this championship, winning in 2017 and losing in 2018. In her first victory, she overcame an opening round of 85 to shoot 72 in Round 2 and won as the No. 50 seed. Last year, Chugg shot 75-75 and earned the No. 11 seed. On Saturday, she opened with 1-under 71, sparked by three consecutive birdies on her second nine. “I haven’t played a ton of tournaments this year. And in the first round, for whatever reason, I’ve had a mental block. It was nice to get in a 1-under-par round and come back on the back nine today.”
  • The Meadow Course at Forest Highlands played to a stroke average of 78.48 on Saturday, with the uphill, 359-yard par-4 18th playing as the toughest hole with a 4.51 average. The 130-yard, par-3 17th was the fourth-toughest hole at a 3.44 average, while the 499-yard, par-5 12th was the easiest hole at a 5.22 average.
  • Margaret (Shirley) Starosto, 33, of Woodstock, Ga., the 2014 champion and the runner-up in 2013 and 2015, was forced to withdraw from the championship for medical reasons on the 18th hole, her ninth of the day.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
  • “On these greens you have to pay attention. This was one of those days where I really matched my speed and my read. Sometimes you read it well and you don’t make anything. Today felt like the hole was bigger. I’ll enjoy it while I have it.” – Caryn Wilson
  • “We’re all really competitive and we want to win. You felt that through the entire group. Those two are so kind and so generous and fun to play with. I’m excited to play with them again tomorrow.” – Julia Potter-Bobb, who is grouped with fellow champions Kelsey Chugg and Shannon Johnson in Saturday and Sunday stroke play
 
WHATS NEXT:
 
The field of 132 players will play Round 2 of stroke play on Sunday, with the low 64 scorers moving on to match play, starting on Monday.
 
Flagstaff, Ariz. – Results from Saturday's first round of stroke play at the 2019 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, played at 6,202-yard par-72 at Forest Highlands Golf Club.
 
Caryn Wilson, Rancho Mirage, Calif. - 35-33--68
Julia Potter-Bobb, Indianapolis, Ind. - 35-33--68
Courtney McKim, Raleigh, N.C. - 35-34--69
Sarah Gallagher, Canton, Ga. - 35-35--70
Heather Wall, Lakeland, Fla. - 36-35--71
Megan Buck, Easton, Mass. - 36-35--71
Michelle Butler, Columbia, Mo. - 35-36--71
Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo. - 35-36--71
Michelle Jarman, Wilmington, N.C. - 33-38--71
Kelsey Chugg, Salt Lake City, Utah - 33-38--71
Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va. - 35-36--71
Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky. - 35-37--72
Kim Eaton, Mesa, Ariz. - 36-36--72
Lila Thomas, Dallas, Texas - 37-35--72
Kelli Pry, Coatesville, Pa. - 36-36--72
Allison Schultz, Madison, Wis. - 36-37--73
Ashleigh Albrecht-Hatton, Murrieta, Calif. - 37-36--73
Ket Preamchuen Vanderpool, Thailand - 34-39--73
Olivia Herrick, Roseville, Minn. - 37-36--73
Ina Kim-Schaad, New York, N.Y. - 38-35--73
Alexandra Schilling, Rochester, Minn. - 37-36--73
Catherine Elliott-Powell, Philadelphia, Pa. - 37-36--73
Noelle Maertz, Clark, N.J. - 36-37--73
Sydney Ramskill, Salinas, Calif. - 36-37--73
Sue Wooster, Australia - 37-36--73
Talia Campbell, New York, N.Y. - 36-38--74
Erin Houtsma, Denver, Colo. - 38-36--74
Taylor Kay, Long Beach, Calif. - 37-37--74
Paige McCullough, Stillwater, Minn. - 39-35--74
Katrina Camitoc, San Francisco, Calif. - 35-39--74
Mallory Hetzel, Virginia Beach, Va. - 38-36--74
Shannon Johnson, Easton, Mass. - 36-38--74
Emily Rapp, Greenville, S.C. - 36-38--74
Meghan Stasi, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - 37-37--74
Clare Connolly, Chevy Chase, Md. - 36-38--74
Pamela Kuong, Wellesley Hills, Mass. - 36-39--75
Dawn Woodard, Greenville, S.C. - 38-37--75
Cindy Scholefield-McConnell, Bishop, Calif. - 39-36--75
Amanda Jacobs, Portland, Ore. - 38-37--75
Melissa Loh, Singapore - 37-38--75
Marilyn Hardy, Magnolia, Texas - 37-38--75
Kayla Eckelkamp, Washington, Mo. - 38-37--75
Katie Rose Higgins, Charlotte, N.C. - 37-38--75
Gina Bamberger, Murrieta, Calif. - 35-40--75
Katie Elliott-Johnson, Fitchburg, Wis. - 38-38--76
Heather McGinnis, Honolulu, Hawaii - 39-37--76
Megan Place McAfee, Boston, Mass. - 38-38--76
Tina Papatolis, Canada - 37-39--76
Maki Schultz, San Dimas, Calif. - 39-37--76
Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 39-37--76
Jessica Smith, Grand Junction, Colo. - 36-40--76
Andrea Kosa, Canada - 37-40--77
Kristyl Sunderman, McDonough, Ga. - 40-37--77
Mariah Hopkins, Danville, Va. - 38-39--77
Julia Hodgson, Canada - 39-38--77
Annie Dulman, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - 39-38--77
Mary Mulcahy, Scituate, Mass. - 40-37--77
Flower Castillo, San Antonio, Texas - 39-38--77
Nora Klein, Chicago, Ill. - 40-37--77
Maggie Leef, Pewaukee, Wis. - 40-37--77
Danielle Amiee, Newport Beach, Calif. - 37-41--78
Cali Hipp, Caldwell, Idaho - 40-38--78
Susan West, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 42-36--78
Kay Daniel, Covington, La. - 41-37--78
Linda Jeffery, Abilene, Texas - 36-42--78
Marissa Mar, Palo Alto, Calif. - 37-41--78
Hilary Hall, Republic of Ireland - 41-37--78
Caitlin Farley, San Diego, Calif. - 38-41--79
Katie Miller, Jeannette, Pa. - 42-37--79
Holly Bare, Clovis, Calif. - 40-39--79
Carmen Titus, Greenwood, Mo. - 39-40--79
Ashley Freeman, Houston, Texas - 38-41--79
Christina Proteau, Canada - 36-43--79
Whitney French, Monarch Beach, Calif. - 41-38--79
Marcela Coghlan, Mexico - 40-39--79
Susan Roh, Denver, Colo. - 41-38--79
Karen Siegel, Maple Glen, Pa. - 38-42--80
Amy Kennedy, York, Pa. - 38-42--80
Lea Venable, Simpsonville, S.C. - 39-41--80
Cindy Troyanovich, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. - 39-41--80
Daniela Okino, Elk Grove, Calif. - 44-36--80
Allison Trevino, San Antonio, Texas - 40-40--80
Cathleen Wong, Singapore - 41-39--80
Gretchen Johnson, Portland, Ore. - 39-41--80
Tara Joy-Connelly, Vero Beach, Fla. - 39-41--80
Katie Kirk, Winterville, N.C. - 42-39--81
Kristine Rohrbaugh, Richmond, Va. - 39-42--81
Kim Izzi, Newport Beach, Calif. - 40-41--81
Heidi Person, Pauma Valley, Calif. - 41-40--81
Susan Curtin, Westwood, Mass. - 38-43--81
Claudia Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas - 41-40--81
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Cave Creek, Ariz. - 43-39--82
Shawna Alexander, The Woodlands, Texas - 42-40--82
Erin Bradford, Georgetown, Ky. - 42-40--82
Ericka Diaz, Mexico - 44-38--82
Lynne Cowan, Rocklin, Calif. - 39-43--82
Erin Packer, Peachtree City, Ga. - 42-40--82
Martha Linscott, Mission Hills, Kan. - 39-43--82
Lauren Gebauer, Oakland, Calif. - 41-41--82
Mari Miezwa, Brooklyn Park, Minn. - 38-45--83
Kelsey Solan, Lumberton, N.J. - 41-42--83
Jessica Lederhausen, Sweden - 45-38--83
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. - 42-41--83
Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 42-41--83
Kim Benedict, Bonita Springs, Fla. - 41-42--83
Nachcha Perkins, Thailand - 40-43--83
Camry Tardy, Arlington, Texas - 42-41--83
Shannon Kennedy, Portland, Ore. - 39-44--83
Janet Moore, Centennial, Colo. - 42-42--84
Carson Laderoute, Burlington, Vt. - 42-42--84
Brooke Kochevar, Glen Ellyn, Ill. - 42-43--85
Patricia Lincoln, Parkville, Mo. - 44-41--85
Erin Varner, Chicago, Ill. - 40-45--85
Denise Callahan, Canton, Ohio - 44-41--85
Courtney Stiles, Pinehurst, N.C. - 44-41--85
Anna Schultz, Heath, Texas - 42-43--85
Hillary Lilya, Boise, Idaho - 44-42--86
Kathy Davies, Wheaton, Ill. - 43-43--86
Vanessa Honnes, Testin, Calif. - 46-40--86
Joanne Adams, Detroit, Mich. - 43-43--86
Katerina Prorokova, Czech Republic - 42-44--86
Kristin Shifflett, Fredericksburg, Va. - 46-41--87
Meghan Moake, Houston, Texas - 44-43--87
Deb Jackson, Johns Creek, Ga. - 44-44--88
Allison Besant, Broomfield, Colo. - 45-44--89
Courtney Shelton, Franklin, Tenn. - 43-46--89
Danielle Davis, St. Simons, Ga. - 46-46--92
Jewell Malick, Heath, Texas - 48-46--94
Sue Sardi, Skillman, N.J. - 48-46--94
Ashley Crain, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. - DQ-DQ--DQ
Samantha Perrotta, Bordentown, N.J. - DQ-DQ--DQ
Margaret Starosto, Woodstock, Ga. - WD-WD--WD
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