September 25, 2013

Hiestand & Cohn Advance to Semi-finals

Mary Jane Hiestand and Susan Cohn advance to Semi-final matches at the US Senior Women's Amateur

Mary Jane Hiestand, of Naples, and Susan Cohn, of Palm Beach Gardens, have advanced to the quarterfinal matches at the US Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.  The Senior Women's Amateur is being conducted at Cordevalle in San Martin, California.

Continuing her great play this year, Mary Jane Hiestand defeated Liz Waynick of Scottsdale, AZ, 5 & 3 in Wednesday's morning quarterfinal match.  Waynick started strong, staying one-up on Hiestand through three holes, but Hiestand birdied the 325 yard par 4, fourth hole and got the match back to all square.  Hiestand never trailed Waynick the remainder of the match, and increased her lead down the stretch.  Hiestand will face defending champion Ellen Port of St. Louis, MO, in Wednesday afternoon's semi-final match.

Hiestand defeated Oregon’s Terri Frohnmayer in Tuesday morning’s Round of 32 matches.  Hiestand was only down once early in the match against Frohnmayer.  Being a very close and good match, Hiestand had two birdies and only one bogey after 18 and heading into the nineteenth hole.  Luckily, Frohnmayer bogeyed the final hole and Hiestand advanced to the afternoon’s Round of 16 matches.  The afternoon proved to be another long match for Hiestand as she faced Canadian Mary Ann Hayward.  Hiestand won 1 up, only after Hayward tried to make a charge birdieing hole 16 to get only one back with two to go.  Mary Jane finished strong and defeated Hayward on the eighteenth hole.  Hiestand is the 2012 Florida Women’s Senior Player-of-the-Year and the 2013 Florida Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Susan Cohn also continued her strong play into Wednesday's matches, advancing to the semi-final matches.  Cohn defeated Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, California in Wednesday morning's quarterfinal matches in 20 holes.  Cohn battled back after being down by three, and continued her play on the back nine to take the match to extra holes.  Luckily, Cohn's par on the 20th hole was good enough to advance her to the semi-finals. Cohn will face Caryn Wilson, of Rancho Mirage, CA, in the afternoon match.

Tuesday morning started a bit rough for Cohn, being down in her Round of 32 match against Marianne Towersey, of California.  But after Towersey bogeyed holes five and seven, Cohn never lost the lead and won the match 2 & 1 advancing to the afternoon Round of 16 matches.  Susan’s afternoon match was a battle with Sherry Herman, of Holmdel, New Jersey. Both players had the lead throughout the match and had to eventually go to extra holes.  On the nineteenth hole Cohn caught a break with Herman’s double bogey, giving Cohn the win after 19 holes.

Lin McMillan, of Palm Coast, was defeated in Tuesday morning’s Round of 32 match by Martha Leach, of Hebron, Kentucky, 1 up.  On Monday, McMillan defeated Sue Wooster of Australia, 3 & 1, never down in the match.  McMillan has had a consistently strong year, recently placing 4th at the Senior Women’s North & South Amateur Championship and 5th at Florida’s Inaugural Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship with rounds of 74-77--151.

The starting field of 132 players will play two rounds of stroke play Sept. 21-22, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 21 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 22 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Sept. 23 (Monday) – First round of match play
Sept. 24 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 25 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Sept. 26 (Thursday) – Championship match (18 holes)

CordeValle will be set up at 5,894/5,968 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72.  CordeValle has hosted the Open on the PGA Tour since 2010. The PGA Cup was also hosted by CordeValle in 2011 and the annual Gifford Collegiate Championship is conducted at the course.The course makes use of Northern California's landscape, one filled with meandering creeks, sycamore trees, canyons and broad meadows.  The USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateurs who have reached their 50th birthday by Sept. 21 and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4.

US Senior Amateur Highlights

Peter Wegmann of Sea Ranch Lakes, was the last Floridian standing going into Tuesday’s round of 16 matches in the US Senior Amateur Championship.

After Saturday and Sunday’s qualifying rounds, Wegmann was tied for 34th with a two round total 78-75-153, advancing him to match play. In his first match, Wegmann defeated Mickey Jones of Odessa, Texas 4 &3 to advance him to the round of 32 matches. With twelve straight parson holes four through fifteen, Wegmann went on to defeat Daniel Arvanitis of Manchester, New Hampshire 5 & 3 to earn him a spot in the round of 16 matches.

In his final match, Wegmann was unable to match Douglas Hanzel of Savannah, Georgia and was defeated 7 & 5.



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