West advances at U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

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DEAL, N.J. - Former Alabama tennis player Susan West won two matches Tuesday in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at Hollywood Golf Club.

The 50-year-old West, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, beat Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round, and topped Martha Leach of Hebron, Kentucky, 1 up in the third round.

''I had a good morning and I grinded it out in the rain,'' West said. ''This afternoon, I played as solid a round of golf as I have in a long time.''

Leach upset two-time defending champion Ellen Port of St. Louis 3 and 2 in the second round.

''She played better than me,'' Port said. ''Her short game was better, her putting was better and she recovered better. I made more mistakes than Martha and that's the bottom line.''

West will face Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, a 2-up winner over South Africa's Louella Kanew.

In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Joan Higgins of Glendora, California, will play Canada's Helene Chartrand. Higgins beat Andrea Kraus of Baltimore 3 and 1, and Chartrand edged Noreen Mohler of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1 up.

In the lower bracket, 2011 winner Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Oregon, will face Kim Eaton of Tempe, Arizona; and Canada's Judith Kyrinis will play Mexico's Mina Hardin.

''We all have the expectation that we can win it or we wouldn't come here,'' said the 50-year-old Kyrinis, a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital.

Frohnmayer beat Patricia Brogden of Garner, North Carolina, 1 up; Eaton edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, California, in 19 holes; Kyrinis routed Laura Algiero of White Plains, New York, 8 and 6; and Hardin topped Sherry Herman of Jackson, New Jersey, 4 and 3.