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Port reaches match play at 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

By: Warren Mayes

Defending champion Ellen Port has earned a berth in match play at the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Port shot a 79 and 76 to finish tied for 17th with an 11-over par 155 in the 56th annual tourney.

The event is being played at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore. The course is set up at 5,836 yards and a par of 72.

Port, 55, of St. Louis, has won seven USGA championships – four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs and three U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs – and is one of the most decorated amateur players in USGA history.

Port also has represented the United States’ team in two Curtis Cups (1994 and 1996).

She is an eight-time Missouri State Amateur champion and 13-time St. Louis Metropolitan champion.

In 2012, she was inducted into both the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

She also captained the victorious USA Team in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match at St. Louis Country Club.

Port is the head women’s golf coach at Washington University in St. Louis, a role she accepted after nearly 30 years of teaching and coaching at John Burroughs High School.

Lara Tennant, the first-round leader and a 23-year member at Waverley Country Club, and Helene Chartrand, of Canada, each recorded a 36-hole total of 2-over par 146 to earn co-medalist honors in the stroke play portion of the tournament.

Other USGA champions who qualified for match play include Carolyn Creekmore (2004 Senior Women’s Amateur), Terri Frohnmayer (2011 Senior Women’s Amateur), Mina Hardin (2010 Senior Women’s Amateur), Mary Ann Hayward (2005 Women’s Mid-Amateur), Sherry Herman (2009 Senior Women’s Amateur), Diane Lang (2005, 2006, 2008 Senior Women’s Amateur), Martha Leach (2009 Women’s Mid-Amateur) and Anna Schultz (2007 Senior Women’s Amateur).

Some of the notable players to miss the cut include Mary Budke, the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and an eight-time Oregon Golf Association champion; Karen Garcia, the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion; and Martha Lang, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and a member of the USGA’s Executive Committee.


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