Marsh to Meet Ogg In Mid-Am Final

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Hilton Head, S.C. ' Amber Marsh, 34, of Greensboro, N.C., is a newlywed of two months who is playing the best golf of her life. Marsh will face Shannon Ogg, 26, of Charlotte, N.C., in Thursdays 18-hole final match at the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur at Long Cove Club. Each golfer won two matches Wednesday to advance.
 
Marsh advanced by beating Sally Krueger of San Francisco, Calif., 2 and 1, and two-time champion Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., 4 and 3. Now her goal is to go one step further than her older sister, Page, 40, who lost to Semple Thompson in the 1990 Womens Mid-Amateur final match.
 
In this family match-up versus Semple Thompson, Amber was the equivalent of even par through the first 14 holes and didnt lose a hole after the fourth.
 
Im playing better than ever, said Marsh, who is a volunteer assistant to her sister, who is head womens golf coach at N.C. State. This is a dream come true. Ive never been in the finals of a national event. Ive accomplished everything already.
 
I just played the greatest womens amateur in golf history, said Marsh. I revere her. Ill be able to tell this to my kids someday.
 
Marshs best USGA finish before this was a run to the quarterfinals of the 1998 Womens Mid-Amateur. Two other times, she lost to her older sister in the early rounds of match play. She is playing in her ninth Womens Mid-Amateur. She also had a short career as a professional, with her one win coming at the 1994 Womens Carolinas Championship, where she beat Love Cove member Karen Ferree in a playoff.
 
Ogg defeated Toni Wiesner of Ft. Worth, Texas, 1 up, and then Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., 2 up. Against Weworski, who reached the quarterfinals in 2001, Ogg won the first three holes with pars and played steady the rest of the way.
 
I am very excited, said Ogg, an insurance agent and the youngest of the four semifinalists. To play at a high level like this; how much more fun can you have? Ive had a good feeling all week. Im really excited about the opportunity.
 
Oggs career highlight before this week was winning the North Carolina Womens Amateur in 2001. She was runner-up in 2002.