Semple Thompson Advances


USGAHILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Veteran amateurs Carol Semple Thompson, 53, of Sewickley, Pa., and Toni Wiesner, 56, of Ft. Worth, Texas, reminded everyone that they still have what it takes to beat golfers half their age Tuesday when they each won two matches to advance to the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Championship at Long Cove Club.
The Championship is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association. This one is for women age 25 and older.
Semple Thompson, the Womens Mid-Amateur winner in 1990 and 1997, reached the quarterfinals by beating Leigh Klasse of St. Anthony s, Minn., 4 and 2. Weisner, who recently won her fifth Texas Womens Amateur title over three decades, advanced by beating Mina Hardin, also of Ft. Worth., 6 and 5.
Lyn Nelson, 44, of Half Moon Bay, Calif., who reached the semifinals in 2003, was among the other five to move on. Nelson defeated Mary Ann LaPointe of Canada, 2 and 1. Defending champion Kathy Hartwiger of Birmingham, Ala., lost to Shannon Ogg, 26, of Charlotte, N.C., on the 21 st hole of her third round match.
Play continues Wednesday with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play. The championships final match will be played on Thursday.
Semple Thompson won her first USGA title in 1973. Her most recent USGA title came at the 2002 USGA Senior Womens Amateur. She is shooting for her eighth USGA title this week.
I think you have to be healthy, but the enthusiasm and commitment has to be there, said Semple Thompson in accounting for her continued success. I am committed to making this my eighth USGA title.
Wiesner, who started playing golf at age 23, downplayed her success, saying, Im just here as a spoiler.
But there is plenty of drive left for this lefty.
Two years ago I decided to get with the program and keep up with the kids, says Wiesner. I now work out three times a week. I want to play my best and if winning happens, then it happens. I still love to compete.
Medalist Robin Burke, 41, of Houston, Texas, wasnt as fortunate. She dropped holes 16 and 17 and lost her second round match to Andrea Kraus of Pikesville, Md., 1 down. Kraus then edged Susan Romano of Chesterland, Ohio, in 21 holes to reach the quarterfinals.
Robin and I are good friends, but I thought I had a chance, said Kraus. Im putting much better now so I think I can win this. I think I have a good shot.
Burke, a recognized top player and runner-up at the 1997 U.S. Womens Amateur, was disappointed by her bad approach shots on the last holes and even more disappointed at leaving town again without a USGA trophy in her hands.
Not this time again, she said after the match. Maybe never. Winning this would have been great. I wanted to make the Curtis Cup team. I am so disappointed, but youre not supposed to win if you bogey holes 16 and 17.