U.S. SENIOR WOMEN'S AMATEUR
58th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur: Inside the Field August 21, 2019 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa By Joey Geske, USGA

2020 USA Curtis Cup captain Sarah Lebrun Ingram is among 15 USGA champions in the field at Cedar Rapids C.C. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Home

The 58th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship is being contested Aug. 24-29 at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Clulb with 132 of the best female players 50 years of age and older competing to have their name engraved on the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur trophy. Here is a statistical and biographical look at the competitors in the 2019 field:

The average age of the 132 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors is 57.27 years old.

Jane Curtin, of Silver Spring, Md., is the championship’s youngest competitor. She turned 50 on Aug. 15. She is one of nine competitors in the field who are 50 years old. Three players in the championship are in their 70s – Patsy Ehret, 75, of Stuart, Fla.; Reggie Parker, 73, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Janice Wilson, 70, of Flagler Beach, Fla.

Leeann Fairlie, of Oklahoma City, Okla., will celebrate her 56th birthday on the final day of the championship (Aug. 29).

Field by age:

Age 50-54, 36 players
Age 55-59, 60 players
Age 60-64, 24 players
Age 65-69, 9 players
Age 70-75, 3 players

There are 34 states represented in the championship: California (22), Florida (14), Texas (8), Massachusetts (6), Virginia (6), Arizona (5), Colorado (5), New Jersey (4), Oregon (4), Alabama (3), Georgia (3), Hawaii (3), Illinois (3), Missouri (3), Tennessee (3), Kentucky (2), Maryland (2), Michigan (2), New York (2), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Pennsylvania (2), Wisconsin (2), Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (1), Idaho (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (1), South Carolina (1) and Washington (1).

There are seven countries represented in the championship: United States (119), Canada (8), Australia (1), Colombia (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Jamaica (1) and Mexico (1).

There are 15 USGA champions in the field:

  • Mary Budke, 65, of Palm Springs, Calif. (1972 Women’s Amateur)
  • Karen Garcia, 56, of Cool, Calif. (2015 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Mina Hardin, 58, of Mexico (2010 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Kathy Hartwiger, 53, of Birmingham, Ala. (2002 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Mary Ann Hayward, 59, of Canada (2005 Women’s Mid-Amateur, as Mary Ann Lapointe)
  • Sherry Herman, 61, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  (2009 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Sarah Lebrun Ingram, 53, of Nashville, Tenn. (1991, 1993, 1994 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Judith Kyrinis, 55, of Canada (2017 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Diane Lang, 64, of Weston, Fla. (2005, 2006, 2008 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky. (2009 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif. (1987 Women’s Mid-Amateur, as Cindy Schofield)
  • Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur; 2012, 2013, 2016 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Anna Schultz, 64, of Heath, Texas (2007 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Lara Tennant, 52, of Portland, Ore. (2018 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Corey Weworski, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif. (2004 Women’s Mid-Amateur)


There are 12 USGA runners-up in the field:

  • Laura Coble, 55, of Augusta, Ga. (2009 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Susan Cohn, 56, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (2013 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Jane Fitzgerald, 57, of Kensington, Md. (2012 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Mina Hardin, 58, of Mexico (2011 Senior Women’s Amateur, 2001 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Mary Jane Hiestand, 60, of Naples, Fla. (2017 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Pamela Kuong, 58, of Wellesley Hills, Mass. (2015 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Judith Kyrinis, 55, of Canada (2014 Senior Women’s Amateur)
  • Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky. (2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (2002 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Anna Schultz, 64, of Heath, Texas (2006 Senior Women’s Amateur; 2000 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Liz Waynick, 59, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (2012 Women’s Mid-Amateur)
  • Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia (2018 Senior Women’s Amateur)


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

  • Laura Coble, 55, of Augusta, Ga. (2005, 2009 and 2011, Georgia)
  • Tara Fleming, 52, of Jersey City, N.J. (2013, New Jersey)
  • Leigh Klasse, 59, of Cumberland, Wis. (2001, Minnesota)


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

  • Mary Budke, 65, of Palm Springs, Calif. (1974; captain 2002)
  • Sarah Lebrun Ingram, 53, of Nashville, Tenn. (1992, 1994, 1996; captain 2020)
  • Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif. (1988)
  • Noreen Mohler, 65, of Bethlehem, Pa. (1978; captain 2010)
  • Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (1994, 1996; captain 2014)


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

  • Mary Budke, 65, of Palm Springs, Calif. (USA, 1972*)
  • Mary Ann Hayward, 59, of Canada (Canada, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998*, 2000, 2004, 2006)
  • Sarah Lebrun Ingram, 53, of Nashville, Tenn. (USA, 1992, 1994*)


One U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitor played in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship (Apr. 27-May 1) at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.:

  • Cindy McConnell, 58, of Malibu, Calif., with partner Leeann Lewis (MC)


Two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors played in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship (Aug. 5-11) at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.:

  • Sally Krueger, 61, of San Francisco, Calif. (MC)
  • Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia (MC)


Fourteen U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors played in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (Sept. 22-27) at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.:

  • Hui Chong Dofflemyer, 50, of Belvidere, Ill. (Round of 64)
  • Patricia Ehrhart, 53, of Honolulu, Hawaii (Round of 64)
  • Mina Hardin, 58, of Mexico (MC)
  • Marilyn Hardy, 57, of Magnolio, Texas (Round of 32)
  • Mary Jane Hiestand, 60, of Naples, Fla. (MC)
  • Judith Kyrinis, 55, of Canada (Round of 32)
  • Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky. (MC)
  • Julie Massa, 55, of Holt, Mich. (MC)
  • Janet Moore, 55, of Centennial, Colo. (Round of 32)
  • Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo. (Round of 32)
  • Joy Robinson, 50, of Pebble Beach, Calif. (MC)
  • Carol Sarkissian, 60, of Chino Hills, Calif. (MC)
  • Anna Schultz, 64, of Heath, Texas (MC)
  • Corey Weworski, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif. (Round of 16)


Twenty-three players competed in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open:
Laura Coble (MC), Susan Cohn (MC), Lynne Cowan (MC), Hui Chong Dofflemyer (MC), Kim Eaton (MC), Amy Ellertson (T-42), Leslie Folsom (MC), Kristine Franklin (MC), Marilyn Hardy (MC), Julie Harrison (MC), Mary Ann Hayward (T-33), Kim Keyer-Scott (MC), Leigh Klasse (MC), Sally Krueger (T-29), Kathy Kurata (MC), Judith Kyrinis (T-29), Martha Leach (MC), Ellen Port (T-40), Lara Tennant (MC), Marie-Therese Torti (MC), Marianne Towersey (MC), Susan West (MC), Sue Wooster (MC)

Sixty-four players competed in the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship: Audrey Akins, Nancy Beck, Mary Cabriele, Erica Chappell, Meghan Christensen, Laura Coble, Susan Cohn, Lynne Cowan, Kim Eaton, Patsy Ehret, Patricia Ehrhart, Michelle Elgin, Amy Ellertson, Jane Fitzgerald, Barbara Flaman, Tara Fleming, Kristine Franklin, Karen Garcia, Kathy Glennon, Cheryl Grigg, Mina Hardin, Marilyn Hardy, Julie Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Mary Ann Hayward, Kristen Henderson, Sherry Herman, Mary Jane Hiestand, Mimi Hoffman, Jamie Hoffmann, Susie Keane, Kim Keyer-Scott, Leigh Klasse, Pamela Kuong, Kathy Kurata, Judith Kyrinis, Diane Lang, Mercedese Large, Martha Leach, Jessica Lederhausen, Jackie Little, Susan Marchese, Tiffany Maurycy, Cindy McConnell, Janet Moore, Rhonda Orr, Judy Penman, Ellen Port, Penny Rady, Carol Sarkissian, Lisa Schlesinger, Suzi Spotleson, Lara Tennant, Marie-Therese Torti, Marianne Towersey, Monica Townsend, Liz Waynick, Susan West, Kathy West, Corey Weworski, Caryn Wilson, Lynda Wimberly, Sue Wooster, Agnes Yamauchi

PLAYER NOTES

Audrey Akins, 52, of Canada, claimed her second Michigan Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship title this July at The Polo Fields Golf & Country Club, winning by two strokes over Ashley Mantha. Akins won the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in 1980 at age 13, making her the youngest winner in championship history. She was a member of the Canadian team that won a gold medal in the 1986 Commonwealth Games, an Olympic-style competition for countries that were traditionally associated with the former British Empire. Akins is a 1980 graduate of the University of Oklahoma who now works as an English teacher.

Mary Budke, 65, of Palm Springs, Calif., won the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur at St. Louis Country Club as an 18-year-old Oregon State University student. She was a member of the 1974 USA Curtis Cup Team and served as the USA team captain in 2002. Budke won eight Oregon Women’s State Amateurs and was inducted in the Oregon Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. She worked as an emergency room physician in Los Angeles, New York and Eugene, Ore., before retiring in 2011.

Mary Cabriele, 56, 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 compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship. She won the 2017 Virginia State Women’s Amateur Championship and the 2018 Women’s District of Columbia Golf Association (WDCGA) Keefer Cup. Cabriele works full-time as the director of career and workforce services for an adult public charter school in Washington, D.C.

Laura Coble, 55, of Augusta, Ga., was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. 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. Coble, a semifinalist in the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, is the only golfer to have won the Tommy Barnes Award as overall GSGA Player of the Year three times. She was the runner-up in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in Ocala, Fla., losing to former University of Georgia teammate Martha Leach in the final. Coble was also a semifinalist in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and a quarterfinalist in 2014. She won the 2018 Georgia Golf Association Senior Women’s Championship by five strokes and earlier this year competed in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Susan Cohn, 56, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was a semifinalist in last year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur after finishing runner-up in 2013 to Ellen Port. She competed in the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst and the 1992 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur before waiting over two decades to return to a USGA championship in 2013. This will be her seventh consecutive U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Cohn, a 15-time Palm Beach County Women’s Amateur champion, is a merchandiser for Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club.

Lynne Cowan, 56, of Rocklin, Calif., is competing in her fifth straight U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and has reached the Round of 16 three times. She was a semifinalist in the 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Cowan is a four-time winner of the California Women’s Amateur Championship and a three-time winner of the California Senior Women’s Amateur. She works as a sales rep for a golf company. She recently won the 2019 Northern California Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur title.

Patsy Ehret, 75, of Stuart, Fla., has been diagnosed with and conquered three different primary cancers. She qualified for the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur just 40 days after having her third blood transfusion due to radiation and chemotherapy. She helps coach the Martin County girls’ golf team and has won state titles in South Dakota, Hawaii, Georgia and Florida. This is the sixth consecutive year she has played in the championship as the oldest competitor in the field, and her 16th appearance in a U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

Patricia Ehrhart, 53, of Honolulu, Hawaii, was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and finished tied for 23rd in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in 2018. Ehrhart, who works as the travel and event manager for the Margaritaville Surf Team, is the three-time winner of the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play (2015, 2016, 2017) and was a semifinalist in both the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Her three daughters, Scarlett, Lola, and Mason, are members of the Margaritaville Surf Team, whose team captain is award-winning singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, and have won national and international surfing championships. Buffett caddied for Ehrhart during one of the practice rounds at the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Amy Ellertson, 58, of Free Union, Va., was one of five amateurs to make the cut in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, finishing tied for 42nd. Ellertson, who played her collegiate golf at San Jose State University, has won many Virginia state amateur titles and most recently won the 2018 Trans Senior Four-Ball Championship with Natalie Easterly. She became semi-retired in the last year from her position as managing director at Wells Fargo Advisors, and plans to compete in more events. This is her 13th USGA championship. In 2018, she advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

Tara Fleming, 52, of Jersey City, N.J., was a semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, falling to eventual champion Judith Kyrinis, 2 and 1. Fleming 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. 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-Amateurs. Fleming was a member of the women’s golf team at the University of New Mexico and now works as a consultant.

Karen Garcia, 56, 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. She recently finished runner-up to Lynne Cowan in the 2019 Northern California Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur in July.

Mina Hardin, 58, of Mexico, was the first Mexican woman to play on the LPGA Tour (1983-1989) and the first Mexican-born USGA champion when she won the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. A reinstated amateur since 1991, Hardin has played in 57 USGA championships, including six U.S. Women’s Opens. In 2012, she was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. She recently finished tied for ninth in the 2019 Women’s Texas Amateur Championship.

Julie Harrison, 59, of Baton Rouge, La., won the 2004 Louisiana State Women’s Amateur, 2009 Louisiana State Women’s Mid-Amateur and is a six-time Louisiana State Senior Amateur champion. She reached the Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and competed in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open this year in Southern Pines, N.C. 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.

Sharon Hayes, 52, of Lexington, Mass., is competing in her second U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. The former college athlete played basketball and softball at Harvard University and was a two-time Ivy League champion and eight-time All-Ivy Team member. After college, she played semi-professional basketball. She is an environmental engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mary Ann Hayward has represented Canada eight times in the Women's World Amateur Team Championship. (USGA/Matt Sullivan)

Mary Ann Hayward, 59, 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 in the World Amateur Team Championship, she also served as the team’s captain in 2008. Hayward advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. In the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, she finished tied for 33rd, the third-best finish among amateurs.

Sherry Herman, 61, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the 2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, defeating Carolyn Creekmore, 4 and 3. Earlier that year, she won the North & South Senior Women’s Amateur. Herman is a five-time New Jersey State Women’s Amateur champion (1995-1998, 2009) and was a semifinalist in the 1994 and 2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She graduated from the University of Georgia and owns her own marketing group.

Mary Jane Hiestand, 60, of Naples, Fla., has competed in 48 USGA championships, including 10 U.S. Senior Women Amateurs. She was the runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Champions Golf Club. Hiestand, who was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2004, struck the first tee shot in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Bandon Dunes in 2015, and also played in last year’s inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, marking her fourth appearance in a USGA inaugural championship – 1987 Women’s Mid-Amateur, the 1995 USGA Women’s State Team Championship, the 2015 Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the 2018 Senior Women’s Open. She recently won the 2019 Women’s Southern Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship.

Sarah LeBrun Ingram, 53, of Nashville, Tenn., will serve as the 2020 USA Curtis Cup team captain next year at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. She was the top female amateur in the game during the 1990s, winning the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1991, 1993, and 1994, while representing the United States in three Curtis Cup Matches in 1992, 1994 and 1996, and two World Amateur Team Championships, as well as being the low amateur in the 1995 U.S. Women's Open. Ingram is also a member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame and the Tennessee State Sports Hall of Fame. She was the co-chair of the 118th U.S. Women's Amateur at the Golf Club of Tennessee near her hometown of Nashville, where she lives with her husband and son. Ingram is a graduate of Duke University, where she was an All-American and is a member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame.

Susan Keane, 55, of Orlando, Fla., was ranked the No. 1 junior tennis player in the world in 1980 and turned pro at 16 years old. She competed on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour for eight years, reaching a career high singles ranking of No. 32 in 1986. She has been inducted into three halls of fame for tennis, including the 2014 Platform Tennis Hall of Fame after winning six national platform tennis titles in an eight-year span. The former UCLA tennis coach is a breast cancer survivor and is competing in her second U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

Mary Jo Kelly, 63, of Loudonville, N.Y., qualified for her second U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and first since 2015. As a teenager, Kelly played in the 1966 U.S. Women’s Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., and the 1977 U.S. Women’s Amateur. She has won six Northeastern Golf Association championships and was the New York State Women’s Amateur champion in 1980.

Kim Keyer-Scott, 51, of Bonita Springs, Fla., started played college golf at age 34 as a member of the Northern Kentucky University team. She was NCAA Division II freshman of the year in 2002 and was a four-time All-American. Keyer-Scott, who once worked as a juvenile probation officer, posted the highest finish by an NKU golfer with a fifth-place showing at NCAAs in 2003. She was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2013. She is the 2018 Florida State Mid-Amateur champion and was runner-up in the 2018 Florida Women’s Senior Open.

Sally Krueger, 61, of San Francisco, Calif., tied for low-amateur honors in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., when she tied for 29th with Judith Kyrinis. She was a two-time All-American (1978, 1979) at Stanford University and has won the San Francisco City Golf Championship women's title a record 10 times. She finished runner-up at the 2012 and 2014 California Senior Women's Amateur Championship and at the 2018 Northern California Golf Association Senior Women's Amateur. Krueger played in the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and was one of the first few women to ever compete in the event.

Pamela Kuong, 58, of Wellesley Hills, Mass., was the runner-up in the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, losing to Karen Garcia, 1 up, in the finals. She won the 2008 and 2010 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur championships and was the 2011 New England Women’s Amateur champion. Kuong, who works as a senior vice president of commercial lending, has been on the board of directors for the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund for 25 years and has helped raise more than $6 million for breast cancer research. She was named Massachusetts’s Player of the Year in 2012.

Judith Kyrinis, 55, of Canada, won the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship by defeating Terrill Samuel, 4 and 3, in the final at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore. Kyrinis is a registered nurse at Toronto General Hospital and primarily preps cancer patients for surgery. She has competed in 16 USGA championships, including five Senior Women’s Amateurs. Her brother, Dan Allan, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. She reached the Round of 32 in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis. She tied for 29th place and shared low-amateur honors with Sally Krueger earlier this year at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.

Diane Lang, 64, of Jamaica, 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, when she defeated Toni Weisner. This will be her 22nd USGA championship. Lang, who grew up in Jamaica before moving to Florida for college, also competed in a U.S. Women’s Open, making the cut in 1985. She played for Florida Atlantic’s first women’s golf team. Her father, Eddie Aris, was a Jamaican tennis champion and Davis Cup competitor. She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1983, competing for two years before losing her card and having her amateur status reinstated in 1989. Lang works as a realtor.

Martha Leach, 57, of Hebron, Ky., earned low-amateur honors in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year at Chicago Golf Club, where she tied for 10th at 6-over 298. Leach is no stranger to USGA championships as she has competed in 29 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, winning in 2009, and has competed in seven U.S. Senior Women's Amateurs. She was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2018. Her husband, John, a golf instructor who was named 2018 Kentucky PGA Teacher of the Year, had triple bypass surgery in January, then caddied for Martha at the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Southern Pines, N.C. Leach’s sister is World Golf Hall of Famer and six-time USGA champion Hollis Stacy. Leach and Stacy are one of two sister tandems to be USGA champions, joining Harriot and Margaret Curtis.

Jackie Little, 61, of Canada, was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Little, who is competing in her fifth U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, has won 14 individual British Columbia women’s amateur, mid-amateur and senior titles, most recently winning in 2018. In 2008 and 2009, Little won both the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur and Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Senior Women’s Amateur. She is a member of the Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia (2009), Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame (2012) and the PNGA Hall of Fame (2017). She and her husband, Pat, formerly owned the Hollies Executive Golf Course in Canada.

Cindy McConnell, 59, of Malibu, Calif., won the inaugural U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 1987, defeating Pat Cornett-Iker, 6 and 5, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. She was a member of the 1988 USA Curtis Cup Team that lost to Great Britain & Ireland at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. McConnell, who played college golf at UCLA, has competed in three U.S. Women’s Open and seven U.S. Women’s Amateurs, and was a quarterfinalist in the 1987 U.S. Women’s Amateur. McConnell is the boys’ golf coach at Malibu High School. She has also hiked the Everest Base Camp, Mount Whitney, White Mountain Peak and the John Muir Trail.  

Noreen Mohler, 65, of Bethlehem, Pa., was captain of the victorious USA Curtis Cup Team in 2010 after competing in 1978. Mohler, a retired restaurant owner, was a semifinalist in the 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and a quarterfinalist in the 2007 and 2009 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. She is competing in her ninth U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

Janet Moore, 55, of Centennial, Colo., and her husband, Kent, met on a driving range over 30 years ago and would later serve as the women’s and men’s golf coaches, respectively, at Wheaton (Ill.) College from 2011-2015. She was enshrined in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Janet serves as a case-appointed special advocate and works with neglected/abused children who are going through the court system. She has competed in 29 USGA championships, including five U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs.

Ellen Port, 57, of St. Louis, Mo., has won three U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs (2012, 2013, 2016) and four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs (1996, 1996, 2000, 2011), and has represented the USA in the Curtis Cup twice (1994 and 1996) and captained the team to victory in 2014 at St. Louis Country Club in her hometown. Port is seeking an eighth USGA title, which would tie JoAnne Carner for the most by a female player and tie her with Jack Nicklaus. Only Bob Jones and Tiger Woods have won more USGA championships, with nine apiece. Last year, she became the second-oldest player to make match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She recently won the 2019 North & South Senior Women’s Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.

Sue Sardi, 63, of Skillman, N.J., is competing in her fourth USGA championship and third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Sardi took up golf after a career as a fashion designer. A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, she designed couture evening wear and sold them to major retailers in the U.S., Europe and Hong Kong, which landed her feature stories in People Magazine and the New York Times.

Lisa Schlesinger, 61, of Fort Myers, Fla., was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. The 2018 Southern Senior champion won the 2008, 2009 and 2016 Maryland Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. She was the 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.

Anna Schultz, 64, of Heath, Texas, won the 2007 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort’s Meadows Course, defeating Robyn Puckett in 20 holes in the championship match. Schultz was runner-up in the 2006 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and the 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

Suzi Spotleson, 52, of Canton, Ohio, is a two-time Ohio Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (2017, 2018) and three-time Ohio Women’s Senior Amateur champion (2017, 2018, 2019). Spotleson, who is competing in her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, played softball for Northwestern University and played in the College World Series in 1986.

Lara Tennant, 52, of Portland, Ore., is the defending champion of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, after claiming last year’s title at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla., with a 3-and-2 victory over Sue Wooster. She was a co-medalist in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Tennant, who played college golf at the University of Arizona, played in the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur on her home course, Waverley Country Club. Her husband, Bob, grew up in a house on the 12th hole at Waverley, and her father, George Mack Sr., learned how to play at the course. She captured two Oregon Golf Association championships in 2018: the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur and Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Marie-Therese Torti, 56, of Canada, is a three-time Quebec Senior Match Play champion (2013, 2017, 2018) 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 2006-2012, she also won the 2010 Golf Canada Women’s Mid-Amateur and the 2013 Quebec Senior Women’s Amateur. Torti made the cut in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2018.

Liz Waynick, 59, of Scottsdale, Ariz., played in her first USGA championship in 1976 where 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. Waynick was runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Susan West, 55, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a member of the University of Alabama's women's tennis team from 1982-1986. She is a United States Tennis Association national champion, ranking in the top two in doubles and the top 10 in singles. A torn ACL shifted West's focus to golf. West, who advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2014 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, was the first recipient of the Tuscaloosa PGA Professionals of Tuscaloosa County Player of the Year Award in 2010 and was also the inaugural recipient of the Alabama Golf Association Senior Golfer of the Year Award in 2017. West is a retired CEO of the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission.

Corey Weworski, 57, of Carlsbad, Calif., won the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, posting a 5-and-3 victory over Virginia Grimes in the final. She has played in over 40 USGA championships. Weworski won the California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship for the third time in 2019. Her son, Tyler, has competed on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

Caryn Wilson, 58, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., is one of only two women to compete in the U.S. Open in both golf and tennis, joining 11-time Grand Slam winner Althea Gibson. Wilson was a three-time tennis All-American at Stanford University and went on to play professionally. Following her tennis career, Wilson was introduced to the game of golf by her husband, Stan. She went on to play in the 1999 and 2009 U.S. Women’s Opens. She was a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and a quarterfinalist in 2016.

Sue Wooster, 57, of Australia, was the runner-up in last year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla., falling to Lara Tennant, 3 and 2, in the championship match. She made the cut in last year’s inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, finishing in a tie for 40th. Wooster has moved on to match play in every U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in which she has competed. In 2018, she won the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, the Canadian Women’s Amateur, the Australian Senior Women’s Amateur and the North & South Senior Women’s Amateur.

Donna Young, 62, of Ewing, N.J., won the New Jersey State Amateur Championship in 2006 and 2007. She competed in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Amateur and seven U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur championships. Young is competing in her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and her first since 2009. She putts left-handed, but hits full shots as a righty. She is naturally a lefty but developed a right-handed swing as a child.

Compiled by USGA summer communications intern Joey Geske. Email him at jgeske@usga.org.

 

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