Patteron-Golden tops Women's Mid-Am qualifiers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Wendi Patterson-Golden shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to top the 64 match-play qualifiers in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.


Patterson-Golden, from Sarasota, Fla., had a 2-under 142 total on the 6,189-yard Donald Ross-designed Barton Hills Country Club course.

After playing professionally from 1996-2000, she regained her amateur status two years ago. She coaches the Braden River High School girls' team in Bradenton.

"Yesterday, I played flawlessly and left five or six shots out on the course," she said. "I missed five putts inside of 15 feet. Today, I chunked it five times and still got up and down. I was confident with my putter."

Kathy Hartwiger, the 2002 winner from Birmingham, Ala., shot a 73 to finish a stroke back. Canada's Mary Anne Lapointe, the 2005 winner, shot a 72 to finish third at 1 over.

Virginia Grimes, the 1998 winner from Meridian, Miss., grabbed the fourth spot in match play, shooting a 75 for a 2-over total.

Two-time defending champion Meghan Bolger of Oakland Park, Fla., followed her opening 75 with a 73 to qualify seventh at 4 over.

The tournament is open to amateurs 25 years old or older.



Development of China Tour ahead of schedule

The PGA Tour China Series began in 2014 and by all accounts is ahead of schedule in developing local talent.

Last year, Li Haotong was one... Read more

Golf Glance



SITE: Las Vegas

Course: TPC Summerlin. Yardage: 7,255. Par: 71

Purse: $6.6... Read more