A day of upsets at US Womens Mid-Amateur


USGAANN ARBOR, Mich. ' In a day of upsets, stroke-play medalist Wendi Patterson-Golden and two-time defending champion Meghan Bolger were eliminated Tuesday as eight players advanced to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Championship at Barton Hills Country Club.
Patterson-Golden, won her second-round match in the morning but lost her third-round match to 2004 USGA Senior Womens Amateur champion Carolyn Creekmore, 1 down.
Joining Creekmore, with two victories and a spot in the quarterfinals, are: 2007 quarterfinalist Joan Higgins, Corrie Tayman, Lynne Cowan, Mina Hardin, Lynn Simmons, Noreen Mohler and Michigan State womens golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.
Weve had fiery, feisty matches before, said Patterson-Golden of Creekmore. We are made of the same breed. I might look like I am out there on a casual walk but I am grinding to the inner core. She beat me at my own game.
Patterson-Golden, a high school golf coach, was vying to become the first medalist to win the championship since Ellen Port in 2000.
Creekmore birdied three of the first five holes and held a 2-up lead through nine holes. Patterson-Golden regained the lead by winning the 10th, 11th and 14th holes but a three-putt bogey on the par-3 16th squared the match.
At the par-4 18th, the medalist drove into the right rough and was blocked from reaching green by a stand of trees. She failed to reach the green in her next two shots and, Creekmore, playing in her 15th Womens Mid-Amateur, two-putted for par and the win.
I dont think about expectations, said Creekmore, who has reached the quarterfinals for the third time but the first since 1999. Im just glad Im playing well when I need to be. You work hard every day and when it comes together when its supposed to, its a freakin miracle. But I believe in miracles.
In the mornings second round, 2006 and 2007 champion Bolger lost to Lindsay Knowlton, 1 down. Bolger was attempting to become the third three-time winner of the championship.
It was sluggish on my part in the beginning, Bolger said. I gave away a lot of shots out there on the greens, which is easy to do if you are not paying attention.
Bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes by Bolger gave Knowlton, a golf equipment sales representative from Canada, a 1-up lead.
Hitting second on the par-4 18th, Bolger stuck her iron shot to 7 feet after Knowlton had landed her 153-yard 6-iron 5 feet from the hole.
Bolger nailed her birdie but Knowlton drained her match-winning putt too.
She is a solid player and everyone knew that it was in her favor that she was going to three-peat, Knowlton said of Bolger. I had one game plan and stuck to it. I was deep breathing on every shot and focused on my target and I found it. I made some clutch putts at the end.
Among the eliminated was two-time champion Carol Semple Thompson, who had advanced to match play for the 22nd consecutive year.