Three Gain Medalist Honors


USGAEUGENE, Ore. -- Ellen Port, a three-time champion of this event, fired a second-round 73 to tie for medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. Port is joined by Taffy Brower and Lara Tennant at 6-over 150 at Eugene Country Club.
Port recovered from an opening-round 77 to claim a share of her third consecutive medalist honors. Mina Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas, who was the runner-up in 2001, also carded a 73 on Sunday to finish alone in fourth at 151. Defending champion Laura Shanahan-Rowe, of Bedford, NH, closed out the top-five finishing at 152.
'I love those USGA medals,' said Port. 'You just never know if you'll pass this way again. Anybodys lying if they say that being medalist does not mean a lot. It means that you played better than everyone else. But its a whole new ballgame starting Monday.'
The first round of match play begins on Monday for the lowest 64 scorers. The Championship runs through Thursdays 18-hole final match. The cut for match play came at 19-over-par 163, with Cath Sigvertsen surviving a six-way playoff to earn the final spot.
Among those advancing to match play was 65-year-old Anne Sander of Seattle, Wash., a seven-time USGA champion who won her first USGA title at the 1958 U.S. Womens Amateur. Two-time Mid-Amateur winner Carole Semple Thompson also qualified for the match play portion of the tournament.
Martha Lang, Toni Wiesner and Sander have each made the round of 16 in all 16 Mid-Amateurs that have been played. Lang qualified for match play at 156, with Wiesner finishing at 159 and Sander totaling 160.
The U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Championship is open to all players 25 years or older who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.