Battle at the Alamo
Florida will be well represented at this year's US Women's Mid-Amateur Championship being held at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, October 6-11. Seven Florida women will be teeing it up in the Championship that begins on Saturday.
Three time US Women's Mid-Amateur champion, Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, is the big name from Florida heading in to the week. She has had a successful 2012 season already, winning the Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship and the Florida Women’s Amateur Championship.
Another top name from Florida is Diane Lang of Weston, who is a three time US Women’s Senior Amateur champion. Lang helped lead team Florida to victory in the Women’s Southeastern Challenge Matches against Georgia and Alabama.
Co-medalists at the Florida sectional qualifier include Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Wendi Golden of Bradenton, and Lin McMillan of Palm Coast. All three women were part of the team Florida win at the Women’s Southeastern Challenge Matches.
Hiestand was Lang’s partner in the four-ball and foursome matches where they were undefeated the entire week. Hiestand has also had many other successes during her 2012 season, finishing third at the FSGA Women’s Senior Amateur, and advancing to the Round of 32 at the US Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. McMillan qualified for the Women’s Amateur Public Links earlier in the year, and has had a very strong summer. Golden won the Women’s Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship earlier this year and is the executive director of the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association.
Catherine Richey, of Winter Park, qualified for the US Women’s Mid-Am in Wichita, Kansas, shooting a 79. And Robin W. Donnelly, of Palm Beach, qualified in Naperville, Illinois to earn her spot in San Antonio with an 80. Donnelly is the 1989 Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion and was a member of the Curtis Cup Team in 1990, 1992, and 2000.
The 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the first national championship conducted at the club, but sectional qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur and the USGA Senior Amateur has been previously staged at Briggs Ranch, along with local U.S. Open qualifying. Briggs Ranch Golf Club will be set up at 6,142 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. The championship is open to amateur female golfers who have reached their 25th birthday on or before Oct. 6, 2012, and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.