Coble Leach advance to Womens Mid-Am final


USGAOCALA, Fla. – Laura Coble and Martha Leach advanced to the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur final Wednesday, beating past champions at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in the tournament for players 25 and older.

The 45-year-old Coble, from Augusta, Ga., beat two-time champion Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., 5 and 4, and the 47-year-old Leach, from Hebron, Ky., edged 1998 champion Virginia Derby Grimes of Meridian, Miss., 1-up.

In the morning quarterfinals, Coble beat Christy Schultz of Rochester, N.Y., 3 and 1, and Leach topped Dawn Woodard of Greer, S.C., 1-up.

Leach made a 36-foot par putt on the 18th green to beat Derby Grimes.

“I just willed that baby in,” Leach said. “I love the outcome. I didn’t sleep at all last night because I don’t know where the ball is going. I can’t hit it in the fairway. From midnight until 6 this morning I wanted to get up and tinker with my swing.”

Coble led after the first hole, was 6-up at the 13th tee and closed out Stasi with a par on the par-3 14th.

“It’s a surprising thing, but it’s a wonderful thing,” Coble said. “Everything else is gravy.”