Defending Women's Mid-Am champ Potter to quarters

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Defending champion Julia Potter won two matches Tuesday at Harbour Trees to reach the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinals.

The 26-year-old Potter is a reinstated amateur from Granger, Indiana, who played at the University of Missouri. She beat Charlotte Daughan of Orlando, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round and topped Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, Maryland, 1 up in the third round.

In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, Potter will play Mina Hardin of La Quinta, California, and Mexico's Liisa Kelo Escartin will face Tara Joy-Connelly of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

In the third round, Hardin beat Shannon Johnson of Foxborough, Massachusetts 5 and 4; Kelo Escartin edged Midori Ishii of Torrance, California, 2 and 1; and Joy-Connelly routed Stacy Dennis of Huntsville, Texas, 6 and 5.

In the upper bracket, qualifying medalist Margaret Shirley of Atlanta, the runner-up last year, will play Debbie Adams of Asheville, North Carolina, and Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Florida, will face Canada's Cristina Proteau.

In the third round, Shirley beat Tobi Herron of Columbus, Indiana, 2 and 1; Adams edged Lynne Cowan of Rocklin, California, 2 up; Stasi beat Linda Jeffery of Abilene, Texas, 3 and 2; and Proteau topped Katie Miller of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, in 19 holes.