Inside the Field September 6, 2017 | Far Hills, N.J. By USGA

Patricia Cornett is one of two competitors in the field who competed in the 1981 U.S. Women's Amateur at Waverley C.C. (USGA/Chris Keane)

U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

The average age of the 132 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors is 57.17.

Julie McMullin of Park City, Utah, is the championship’s youngest competitor. She turned 50 on Aug. 19. Two players in the championship are in their 70s – Patsy Ehret, 73, of Stuart, Fla., and Jackie Schwarz, 71, of Huntley, Ill.

Marilyn Hardy, of Magnolia, Texas, will celebrate her 56th birthday during the championship (Sept. 12).

Field by age:
Age 50-54, 43 players
Age 55-59, 52 players
Age 60-64, 26 players
Age 65-69, 9 player
Age 70-73, 2 players 

There are five countries represented in the championship: Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Japan and the United States.

There are 38 states represented in the championship: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

With 19 players, California is the most represented state, followed by Florida, which is represented by 13 players. 

The following six players from Oregon all qualified at the sectional qualifier at Waverley Country Club on Aug. 7, except Terri Frohnmayer, the 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, who was exempt from qualifying:

  • Marcia Fisher, 64, of Molalla
  • Terri Frohnmayer, 61, of Salem
  • Loree McKay, 60, of Portland
  • Lisa Poritz, 50, of Portland
  • Lara Tennant, 50, of Portland
  • Anita Wicks, 54, of Roseburg (Oregon State University graduate)

Other players with Oregon connections include eight-time Oregon Women’s Amateur champion Mary Budke, 63, of Palm Springs, Calif., who played golf at Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1976. Budke, who was born in Salem, Ore., is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, OSU Athletics Hall of Fame and Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Hall of Fame. Born in Wheeler, Ore., Karen Garcia, 54, of Cool, Calif., first attended the University of Oregon, where she played softball for two seasons, before graduating from Portland State University in 1985. 

The following players in the field competed in previous USGA championships at Waverley:

  • 1981 U.S. Women’s Amateur (2): Patricia Cornett and Kim Eaton
  • 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur (7): Sherry Herman, Mary Jane Hiestand, Martha Leach, Adrienne MacLean, Ellen Port, Lara Tennant and Brenda Williams

There are 13 USGA champions in the field:

  • Mary Budke (1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur)
  • Carolyn Creekmore, 65, of Dallas, Texas (2004 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Terri Frohnmayer (2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Mina Hardin, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif. (2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Mary Ann Hayward, 57, of Canada (2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Sherry Herman, 59, of Middletown, N.J.  (2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Karen Garcia, 54, of Cool, Calif. (2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Corey Weworski, 55, of Carlsbad, Calif. (2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Diane Lang, 62, of Weston, Fla. (2005, 2006, 2008 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Martha Lang, 64, of Birmingham, Ala. (1988 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Martha Leach, 55, of Hebron, Ky. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Ellen Port, 55, of St. Louis, Mo. (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur; 2012, 2013, 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Anna Schultz, 62, of Dallas, Texas (2007 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)

There are 14 USGA runners-up in the field: 

  • Laura Coble, 53, of Augusta, Ga. (2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Susan Cohn, 54, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (2013 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Patricia Cornett, 63, of Mill Valley, Calif. (inaugural 1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Carolyn Creekmore (2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Jane Fitzgerald, 55, of Kensington, Md. (2012 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Elizabeth Haines, 69, of Gladwyne, Pa. (2004 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur)
  • Mina Hardin (2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur; 2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Andrea Kraus, 56, of Baltimore, Md. (2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Pamela Kuong, 56, of Wellesley Hills, Mass. (2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Judith Kyrinis, 53, of Canada (2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Martha Lang (1991 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Martha Leach (2011 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Ellen Port (2002 U.S. Women’s  Mid-Amateur)
  • Anna Schultz (2006 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur; 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Liz Waynick, 57, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)

Three players have represented winning teams in the USGA’s Women’s State Team Championship: 

  • Laura Coble (2005, 2009 and 2011, Georgia)
  • Tara Fleming, 50, of Jersey City, N.J. (2013, New Jersey)
  • Elizabeth Haines (1995, Pennsylvania)
  • Leigh Klasse, 57, of Cumberland, Wis. (2001, Minnesota)

Five U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors have represented the USA in the Curtis Cup Match:

  • Mary Budke (1974; captain 2002)
  • Patricia Cornett (1978, 1988; captain 2012)
  • Martha Lang (1992; captain 1996)
  • Noreen Mohler, 63, of Bethlehem, Pa. (1978; captain, 2010)
  • Ellen Port (1994, 1996; captain 2014)

Four U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors have represented their home countries in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (* denotes a winning team):

  • Beatriz Arenas, 69, of Guatemala (Guatemala, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Mary Budke (USA, *1972)
  • Mary Ann Hayward (Canada, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, *1998, 2000, 2004, 2006)
  • Terrill Samuel, 56, of Canada (Canada, 1990)

Four U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship (May 27-31) at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

  • Diane Lang, 62, of Weston, Fla., with partner Therese Quinn, 66, of Jacksonville, Fla. (missed cut)
  • Pamela Kuong, 56, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., with partner Susan Curtin (missed cut)
  • Sherry Herman, with partner Debbie Adams (missed cut)

Sixty-one players competed in the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship: Tina Barker, Lea Anne Brown, Mickey Burgess, Mary Cabriele, Tama Caldabaugh, Julie Carmichael, Laura Carson, Helene Chartrand, Teresa Cleland, Laura Coble, Sue Cohn, Lynne Cowan, Lin Culver, Kim Eaton, Patsy Ehret, Leslie Elkins, Jane Fitzgerald, Karen Garcia, Mina Hardin, Marilyn Hardy, Julie Harrison, Dana Harrity, Carolina Hart, Susan Hartwell, Mary Ann Hayward, Sherry Herman, Mary Jane Hiestand, Gigi Higgins, Jen Holland, Mira Jang, Lisa Judge, Akemi Nakata Khaiat, Leigh Klasse, Andrea Kraus, Pamela Kuong, Judith Kyrinis, Diane Lang, Martha Leach, Kathy Malpass, Kareen Markle, Julie Massa, Lisa McGill, Edwina McKay, Noreen Mohler, Janet Moore, Courtney Myhrum, Evelyn Orley, Ellen Port, Therese Quinn, Terrill Samuel, Lisa Schlesinger, Patricia Schremmer, Anna Schultz, Nanette Seman, Marie-Therese Torti, Sandra Turbide, Sydney Wells, Corey Weworski, Caryn Wilson, Sue Wooster, Lindsay Wortham

Player Notes

Beatriz Arenas, 69, of Guatemala, is an award-winning artist specializing in oil painting. She played in her first U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2007, advancing to the quarterfinals. Married to a coffee plantation owner, she has represented Guatemala in nine Women’s World Amateur Team Championships, most recently in 2014.

Former USGA Executive Committee member Christie Austin was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. (USGA/Jonathan Ernst)

Christie Austin, 60, of Denver, Colo., was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. She served six years on the Executive Committee of the USGA, and was the first woman to chair the Rules of Golf Committee and serve as a referee in a Walker Cup Match in Great Britain and Ireland. In 2007, she earned Colorado Senior Player of the Year from the Colorado Women’s Golf Association after winning both the Senior Match Play and Senior Stroke Play championships. She was honored by Sportswomen of Colorado as 2007 Master Player of the Year and currently serves on the national board for The First Tee and on the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. She was one of four American female members (and one of 15 worldwide) of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (The R&A) since 2015, when the club voted to admit women. 

Nancy Beck, 60, of Dallas, Texas, was avid in equestrian during her youth and didn’t start playing golf until she was 28. In 2012, she won the Texas Women’s Open. Her daughter, Spindrift, competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming.

Sandra Bickel, 64, of La Porte, Colo., is a retired middle school teacher and principal who worked in the Poudre School District for 40 years. From 1976-82, she coached the Poudre High School boys’ golf team, earning berths to the state competition each year under her tenure. 

Lea Anne Brown, 57, of Charleston, S.C., is a South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame member who has won three Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Senior Championships. She has also won the Charleston Women’s City Amateur a record 13 times and has won the South Carolina Women’s Amateur stroke play and match play championships three times each. Brown is married to PGA Professional Hart Brown, director of golf at The Country Club of Charleston, which hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur and will host the 2019 U.S. Women's Open. Outside of golf, she owns Cottage Collections, an antique business.

Mary Budke, 63, of Palm Desert, Calif., is one of the most decorated golfers in the history of her native Oregon. She is an eight-time Oregon Women’s Amateur champion, was inducted into the Oregon Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. Budke, who won the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur, is a retired emergency physician who graduated from Oregon State University. She also played on the 1974 USA Curtis Cup team and served as captain in 2002.

Mary Cabriele, 54, of Vienna, Va., was the first woman to play for the men’s golf team at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, Pa.). In 1984, she became the first woman to qualify for and compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship. 

Tama Caldabaugh, 53, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is a six-time Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association champion, including a victory in 2013 while undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. The 2015 Florida State Golf Association Senior Women’s Player of the Year accepted her husband’s wedding proposal during a golf trip to Scotland in 1999. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the FSGA’s board of directors. 

Julie Carmichael, 53, of Indianapolis, Ind., is a healthcare and real estate executive and strategist. Along with her father, 1961 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist and former Indiana University golf coach Sam Carmichael, she owns the Martinsville (Ind.) Golf Club. Julie won the 1986 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship while attending Stanford University. She was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 and has won numerous Indiana Golf Association and Indiana Women’s Golf Association championships.

Laura Carson, 61, of Vero Beach, Fla., was an early leader in the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. Her group was the first off the tee, and she birdied the opening hole.

Helene Chartrand, 61, of Canada, won the 2014 Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and finished runner-up in 2016. She is also the 2013 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur champion.

Teresa Cleland, 58, of Syracuse, N.Y., is a three-time New York State Golf Association Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2011-13) who also won the NYS Women’s Senior Amateur title in both 2009 and 2010. The Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee taught in the Syracuse City School District for 32 years.

Laura Coble, 53, of Augusta, Ga., was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this year. She is also a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame member who has won the Georgia Women’s Open and is a six-time Georgia State Women’s Amateur champion. She is also the only golfer to have won the Tommy Barnes Award as overall GSGA Player of the Year three times and was a semifinalist in the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

Angela Collins, 52, of Glendale, Calif., played volleyball at California State University-Northridge, where she helped her team win the 1987 NCAA Division II Championship and was named player of the year. She and her husband, Jim, recently opened a restaurant in Glendale. 

Patricia Cornett, 63, of Mill Valley, Calif., has played in more than 50 USGA championships, starting with the 1971 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She has competed in eight U.S. Women’s Open Championships and was the runner-up in the 1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and a semifinalist in that championship in 1992 and 1999. She also advanced to the semifinals of the 1976 and 1992 U.S. Women’s Amateurs. A member of the 1978 and 1988 USA Curtis Cup Teams, and captain in 2012, she also won the 1990 Women’s Western Amateur. A graduate of Stanford University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, she continues to work full time in non-malignant hematology and serves as associate chair for the education department of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco.

Lynne Cowan, 54, of Rocklin, Calif., has won multiple California Women’s Amateur titles, most recently winning her third Northern California Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur in 2017 and winning NCGA Senior Player of the Year. She has lived with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis, since she was 18 and has found that the motion of her golf swing helps keep her limber. She and her husband, Carl, work as independent sales representatives in the golf business.

Carolyn Creekmore, 65, of Dallas, Texas, was inducted into the Arkansas and Texas golf halls of fame in 2010. She served as tournament director for the George W. Bush Presidential Center Warrior Open from 2011-2013. She tore her rotator cuff in 2014 and had to take the entire year off from playing golf. 

Sue Davis, 58, of Aurora, Colo., taught skiing for 18 years in Aspen, Colo. In 2006, she had a fall and thought it was just a shoulder and thumb injury. She began experiencing neurological issues in the weeks after and discovered she had a serious spinal cord injury in her neck. She underwent eight surgeries in two years and had partial paralysis of her right leg and left arm. In 2008, she began to swing a club again and had to learn the game all over again. The following year she qualified for her first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at The Homestead in Virginia.

Kim Eaton, 58, of Greeley, Colo., is a Colorado Golf Hall of Fame member who has reached the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals three times (2009, 2011 and 2014). She has won several state amateur and senior amateur titles in Arizona, California and Colorado. Eaton is a retired police officer. 

Patsy Ehret, 73, of Stuart, Fla., has survived three different primary cancers. She qualified for the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur just 40 days after having her third blood transfusion because of radiation and chemotherapy. She helps coach the Martin County Girls Golf Team and has won state titles in South Dakota, Hawaii, Georgia and Florida.

Marcia Fisher, 64, of Molalla, Ore., was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2007. A seven-time Oregon Women's Amateur champion – second only to Mary Budke, who has eight – she also won two PNGA Women’s Amateur Championships. An active member of various golf committees in Oregon, she is a past president of the Oregon Women’s Golf Association.

Jane Fitzgerald, 55, of Kensington, Md., has won several Maryland State Golf Association titles, including the 2000 Maryland State Open. She played golf for Penn State University, where she was twice named most valuable player. Her husband, Jim, is the head golf professional at Chevy Chase (Md.) Club.

Tara Fleming, 50, of Jersey City, N.J., played in four U.S. Women’s Opens in the early ‘90s and her former LPGA Tour caddie, Rick Kropf, has carried for her in all of her USGA championship appearances and plans to be on her bag for her first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in 2017. A Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association board member, Fleming helped New Jersey win the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, and she won the 2015 and 2017 New Jersey State Golf Association Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Debbie Friede, 57, of Washougal, Wash., spent six years on the LPGA Tour before receiving her amateur reinstatement in 2005. She is the marketing and membership director for Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash., after spending time at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Nike Golf. She played on the Southern Methodist University team that won the 1979 national championship. 

Terri Frohnmayer, 61, of Salem, Ore., won the 1976 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship. A Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame member, she played golf through college, but stopped playing golf to pursue a business career. Approximately 24 years later in 2002, she decided to play again at the urging of her mother and husband. In 2010, she won the PNGA Senior Women’s Championship and followed that by winning the 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Named the Oregon Golf Association Player of the Year and PNGA senior women’s player of the year in 2011, she works in commercial real estate at First Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC in Salem. 

Karen Garcia, 54, of Cool, Calif., is the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion. A high school guidance counselor, she lost 60 pounds by following a three-year golf fitness regimen before winning the 2015 championship. Born in Wheeler, Ore., Garcia, formerly Karen Vipond, attended the University of Oregon, where she played softball for two seasons. She started playing golf at the age of 21 after graduating from Portland State University. 

Joan Garety, 61, of Ada, Mich., is a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member who has won numerous state titles in Michigan. She played golf all four years at Michigan State University, helping the Spartans win the Big Ten Championship each year she played. The Golf Association of Michigan Senior Four-Ball Championship Trophy is named Garety-Hiestand Trophy, after her and Mary Jane Hiestand.

Mina Hardin, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif., was the first Mexican woman to play on the LPGA Tour and the first Mexican-born USGA champion. A reinstated amateur since 1991, she has twice won the Texas Women’s Amateur and was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

Julie Harrison, 57, of Baton Rouge, La., won the 2004 Louisiana State Women’s Amateur, 2009 Louisiana State Women’s Mid-Amateur and is a four-time Louisiana State Senior Amateur champion (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016). Her husband, Britt, played college golf at Oklahoma State and was a three-time All-America selection. He is a former University of Louisiana men’s head golf coach. 

Mary Ann Hayward, 57, of Canada, is the manager of sports performance for the Golf Association of Ontario. The four-time Canadian Women’s Amateur champion has been inducted into the Canada, Ontario and Quebec golf halls of fame. In 2005, she won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur as Mary Ann Lapointe. An eight-time member of the Canadian Team at the World Amateur Team Championship, she also served as the team’s captain in 2008.

Sherry Herman, 59, of Middletown, N.J., is a five-time New Jersey State Women’s Amateur champion (1995-98, 2009), and the 2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

Mary Jane Hiestand, 58, of Naples, Fla., is a five-time Florida Women's Golf Association Senior Player of the Year, two-time Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Player of the Year, and a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member. The Golf Association of Michigan Senior Four-Ball Championship Trophy is named Garety-Hiestand Trophy, after her and Joan Garety. She previously served as the assistant men’s golf coach at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Holly Horwood, 65, of Canada, is a retired journalist for The Province in Vancouver. While living in Portland with her husband, Peter, for a few years in the 1980s, she played at Waverley Country Club when she was six months pregnant with their first child, Lindsay, who is now 35.

Debbie Johnson, 54, of Stamford, Conn., was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2016 and has spent the majority of the year undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She manages the treatments just like golf: one shot at a time and one day at a time. When she’s not playing golf or volunteering her time as a Rules official for the Connecticut State Golf Association, she works in IT for A+E Networks in New York City. 

Denise Kieffer, 57, of University Place, Wash., is a police sergeant who has won multiple championships at both the city and state level in Washington. She is also an accomplished trumpet player.
Betsy Knights, 57, of Hanover, N.H., works as the assistant women’s golf coach at Dartmouth College. Her husband, Alex Kirk, a PGA member, is the head coach. She was a member of the U.S. skiing team for six years and was named FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year in 1981. 

Andrea Kraus, 56, of Baltimore, Md., played on the Yale University men’s golf team until a women’s program started her junior year and she captained the team. She later earned a law degree from Columbia University. Kraus has volunteered at a domestic violence legal clinic, and currently volunteers for an organization that provides free loans to people in need. She won the Maryland Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, she was selected by Golf Magazine as a Local Legend in the annual amateur edition of the magazine. She recorded a hole-in-one the day before she delivered her oldest son in 1989. 

Pamela Kuong, 56, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., is the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runner-up who won the 2008 and 2010 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur championships. She is also the 2011 New England Women’s Amateur champion, and works as a senior vice president of commercial lending. She was named Massachusetts’s player of the year in 2012.

Judith Kyrinis, of Canada, was the runner-up in 2014 and a quarterfinalist last year after earning medalist honors. (USGA/Matt Sullivan)

Judith Kyrinis, 53, of Canada, won the 2015 Senior Women’s North & South Championship. She recorded a hole-in-one while 8½ months pregnant with her oldest child, and is currently a registered nurse at Toronto General Hospital. She finished runner-up in the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. The 2016 Canadian Women’s Senior champion was the medalist in the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and made it to the quarterfinals. 

Diane Lang, 62, of Weston, Fla., grew up in Jamaica before moving to Florida for college. She played for Florida Atlantic’s first women’s golf team. She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1983, competing for two years before losing her card and having her amateur status reinstated in 1989. She stopped playing competitively for 16 years when she and her husband started a family. Lang is a three-time USGA champion, winning the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in 2005, 2006 and 2008. She won in 2008 by the largest margin of victory in championship history, 6 and 5. Her father, Eddie Aris, was a Jamaican tennis champion and Davis Cup participant. 

Martha Leach, 55, of Hebron, Ky., is the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and the sister of six-time USGA champion Hollis Stacy. Leach introduced her sister at her 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and Leach was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. She won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and finished runner-up in 2011.

Adrienne MacLean, 52, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is married to John MacLean, who played for the New Jersey Devils when they won the Stanley Cup in 1995 and served as the team’s assistant coach when they won in 2003.

Kathy Malpass, 61, of Evergreen, Colo., is a member of the USGA’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Committee who was pivotal in launching the women’s golf program at North Carolina State University, which she coached from 1980-83. She played golf at Wake Forest University.

Kareen Markle, 55, of Meridian, Idaho, is a three-time Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and three-time Idaho Senior Women’s Amateur champion. She is a registered nurse and also serves as a volunteer golf coach at Mountain View High School.

Julie McMullin, 50, of Park City, Utah, won the 2011 Utah Women’s Amateur at age 43 to become the oldest winner since 1979. She has owned and operated a vacation home management company in Park City for more than 20 years.

Noreen Mohler, 63, of Bethlehem, Pa., is a retired restauranteur who among her many golf accomplishments is the first female board member of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, a role she has held since 2013. In 1978, she helped the USA Team win the Curtis Cup Match and captained the winning team in 2010.

Janet Moore, 53, of Centennial, Colo., and her husband, Kent, served as the women’s and men’s (respectively) golf coaches at Wheaton (Ill.) College from 2011-15. She has won five Colorado Women’s Stroke-Play Championships and was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2001; Kent was inducted in 2004.

Courtney Myhrum, 55, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is vice-chair of the USGA Women’s Committee and serves as chairman of the Girls’ Junior Committee. 

Lisa Nedoba, 50, of Vista, Calif., was a two-time All-American at the University of Florida, where she helped the Gators win the 1986 NCAA Championship.

Sue O’Connor, 60, of Scottsdale, Ariz., rode her bicycle 4,600 miles from Seattle, Wash., to Atlantic City, N.J., to raise funds for The American Lung Association in 1985. Though she now works as a golf club fitter and builder, she didn’t start playing until she was 35. A former skiing instructor, she gave lessons to Clint Eastwood.

Evelyn Orley, 51, of Cardiff, Calif., was born and raised in Switzerland. In 1990, she won the Swiss Open and Singapore Open, and in 1983 she won the Girls British Open Amateur Championship. She is playing in her fourth USGA championship following three Round-of-16 appearances in the 1987 and 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, when her friend Liselotte Neumann, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open champion, served as her caddie. Her father and grandfather were both Olympians in fencing and shooting, respectively, and she petitioned the International Olympic Committee to add golf to the Games when she was 18.

Ellen Port, 55, of St. Louis, Mo., is one of the most decorated golfers in USGA championship history. In addition to her seven USGA championship titles, including three U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs (2012, 2013 and 2016), she represented the USA Team in two Curtis Cups (1994 and 1996), is an eight-time Missouri State Amateur champion and 13-time St. Louis Metropolitan champion. In 2012, she was inducted into both the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. She also captained the victorious USA Team in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match at St. Louis Country Club. She is the head women’s golf coach at Washington University in St. Louis, a role she accepted after nearly 30 years of teaching and coaching at John Burroughs School, also in St. Louis.  

Terrill Samuel, 56, of Canada, won the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in 2012 and 2015. 

Lisa Schlesinger, 59, of Fort Myers, Fla., won the 2008, 2009 and 2016 Maryland Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. She was the stroke-play medalist in the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Schlesinger, who played basketball at the University of Maryland and in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL) with two teams, is a member of the Greater Washington D.C. Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame. 

Patricia Schremmer, 51, of Honolulu, Hawaii, has three daughters, all of whom are competitive surfers. 

Anna Schultz, 62, of Dallas, Texas, won the 2014 WTGA (Women's Texas Golf Association) Senior Championship and Central Texas Amateur Championship, and 2013 Texas Women's Open Senior Championship as well as numerous other state events. She was one of eight people inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2013, including 1981 U.S. Open champion David Graham and CBS golf and NFL television producer Lance Barrow. Her sons Mark and David played golf for Texas A&M University and son Kevin played for the University of Texas. Both of her parents were born in Poland and were in concentration camps during the war. Her father was Polish Catholic resistance. Both survived and came over to the United States where her father eventually started his own machining business, which is currently being run by her brother.

Suzi Spotleson, 50, of Canton, Ohio, won the Ohio Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur Championships in 2017. She played softball for Northwestern University and appeared in the College World Series in 1986.

Angela Stewart, 63, of Greenville, N.C. is a physician and founder of Our Children’s Clinic in Winterville, N.C., a full-service medical clinic providing comprehensive pediatric healthcare from birth to adolescence. She won the 2011 North Carolina Women’s Senior Amateur, becoming the first African-American to win a Carolinas Golf Association championship in 125 years. In 2012, her oral history was documented for the USGA Museum. She won the North Carolina Senior Championship in 2011, 2013, and 2015.

Marlene Summers, 63, of Montgomery, Texas, started a nonprofit organization called Grammy’s Cookie Convoy that ships cookies, cards and letters to troops serving overseas. In 2007, Summers was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, a rare and incurable autoimmune disease. She was bedridden for six months and had to relearn how to walk. She credits the courage of the troops she supports with helping her overcome her health struggles. She has flown a fighter jet.

Lara Tennant, 50, of Portland, Ore., coached the women's golf team at the University of Oregon from 1991-94. A mother of five children, she played in the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Waverley Country Club, her home course. In 2017, she won two Oregon Golf Association championships – the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur and the Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur, which she also won in 2003 and 2008. 

Marie-Therese Torti, 54, of Canada, is the 2017 Quebec Senior Match Play champion and was a member of the Quebec Provincial Team for 12 consecutive years (1995-2006). A breast cancer survivor and member of Golf Canada’s board of governors from 2006-12, she also won the 2010 Golf Canada Women’s Mid-Amateur and the 2013 Quebec Senior Women’s Amateur. In 2012, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after undergoing surgery and radiotherapy, she is in remission.

Charlotte Twitty, 55, of Chapin, S.C., played tennis at the University of New Orleans before serving as the assistant women’s tennis coach at Tulane University from 1985-87, and the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at her alma mater from 1993-97. Her husband, Jeff, pitched one season for the Kansas City Royals. 

Liz Waynick, 57, of Scottsdale, Ariz., played in her first USGA championship in 1976 when she was the youngest player in the U.S. Women’s Amateur field at age 16. She won the 1981 Virginia Women’s Amateur and in 2002 was inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame. The former director of golf at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Ore., and a head golf professional in Arizona, she became the first player to win both the player of the year and senior player of the year from the Arizona Women’s Golf Association in 2012.

Anita Wicks, 54, of Roseburg, Ore., graduated from Oregon State University in 1986. After winning the 2016 Oregon Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur, she was named PNGA Women’s Player of the Year. She also won the 2017 OGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play – her fourth victory in the championship (2013, 2014 and 2015).

Brenda Williams, 57, of Minnestrista, Minn., designed the course logo Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open. Within an 11-month, three-day span (Aug. 21, 2016-July 24, 2017), she registered four holes-in-one.

Caryn Wilson, 56, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., is one of two women to compete in a U.S. Open championship in both golf and tennis, joining only Althea Gibson. Wilson, a reinstated amateur, was a three-time All-America selection in tennis at Stanford University, leading her team to a national title in 1982.

Sue Wooster, 55, of Australia, won the 2017 Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, 2010 New South Wales Open and is a three-time Australian Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2012, 2013 and 2016).

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