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U.S. Senior Women's Amateur: Inside the Field

Ellen Port of St. Louis, Mo. is looking for her fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur titles
Ellen Port of St. Louis, Mo. is looking for her fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur titles
The 132 golfers competing in the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship range in age from 50 to 77 and represent 36 stats and 10 foreign countries.

With 18 players who have combined to win 30 USGA championships, the championship pedigree is thick as the late summer air at the Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.

Their backgrounds are fascinating.

Take Kimbra Benson, who is retired from the U.S. Army after having served nearly 15 years on active duty and more than five years with the Army National Guard. The two-time Maryland Senior Women's Amateur champion has also made approximately 700 skydives.

Former Curtis Cup captain Dr. Patricia Cornett is taking a break from her duties of overseeing the fourth-year medical school curriculum and all education activities in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco to compete in her 66th USGA championship.

Kay Daniel's daughter, Abbey, s a rising junior at Mississippi State who competed in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, while Brenda Kuehn's daughter, Rachel, was the medalist in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Westchester Country Club in August. Both Kuehns have the distinction of having secured the winning point for the United States in the Curtis Cup.

Joan Garner, a retired lawyer and government affairs executive, is competing in her first USGA championship since the 1972 U.S. Girls’ Junior, marking 49 years in between USGA championship appearances.

Seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port made history last month as the first women to win the Met Senior Amateur, the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association's premier senior men's championship, prevailing in a four-hole playoff. She also tied for low amateur at the U.S. Women's Senior Open.

World Golf Hall of Famer Carole Semple Thompson has won seven USGA championship titles in 117 USGA championships played, tied for second-most among all women in victories with Ellen Port, one behind JoAnne Carner.

Brenda Williams is graphic designer who runs her own business, Elliott Williams Design, created the logo for Erin Hills, the host site of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship, as well as Windsong Farm Golf Club in Minnesota.

Here's a further look at the players who will be competing at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur starting on Friday at the Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.

Inside the Field

Oldest Competitors: Marianne Springer (77, born 12/30/1943), Robyn Puckett (74, born 5/4/1947), Beatriz Arenas (73, born 3/18/1948), Carol Semple Thompson (72, born 10/27/1948)

Youngest Competitors: Tracy Welch (50, born 8/30/1971), Loraine Jones (50, born 6/10/1971), Rosie Cook (50, born 4/1/1971), Kay Daniel (50, born 3/1/1971)

Average Age of Field: 58.2

Field Breakdown by Age:
Age 50-54: 38
Age 55-59: 48
Age 60-64: 31
Age 65-69: 9
Age 70-79: 6

U.S. States Represented:There are 36 states represented in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: California (17), Florida (17), Texas (7), Alabama (5), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (5), Oregon (4), Virginia (4), Arizona (3), Georgia (3), Hawaii (3), North Carolina (3), Ohio (3), South Carolina (3), Arkansas (2), Colorado (2), Connecticut (2), Idaho (2), Illinois (2), Kentucky (2), Maryland (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri (2), Tennessee (2), Washington (2), Alaska (1), Delaware (1), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Kansas (1), Louisiana (1), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New York (1), Wisconsin (1)

International: There are 11 countries represented in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: United States (116), Canada (4), Australia (2), Japan (2), Spain (2), Belgium (1), Colombia (1), France (1), Guatemala (1), Mexico (1), Peru (1)

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champions (10): Carolyn Creekmore (2004), Terri Frohnmayer (2011), Karen Garcia (2015), Mina Hardin (2010), Sherry Herman (2009), Judith Kyrinis (2017), Ellen Port (2012, 2013, 2016), Anna Schultz (2007), Lara Tennant (2018, 2019), Carol Semple Thompson (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runners-up (10): Susan Cohn (2013), Jane Fitzgerald (2012), Alexandra Frazier (2010), Mina Hardin (2011), Pamela Kuong (2015), Judith Kyrinis (2014), Terrill Samuel (2017), Anna Schultz (2006), Carol Semple Thompson (2005), Sue Wooster (2018, 2019)

U.S. Women’s Amateur champions (1): Carol Semple Thompson (1973)

U.S. Women’s Amateur runners-up (2): Sarah Ingram (1993), Carol Semple Thompson (1974)

U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champions (7): Kathy Hartwiger (2002), Sarah Ingram (1991, 1993, 1994), Martha Leach (2009), Amber Marsh Elliott (2003), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011), Carol Semple Thompson (1990, 1997), Corey Weworski (2004)

U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur runners-up (9): Laura Coble (2009), Patricia Cornett (1987), Mina Hardin (2001), Mary Jane Hiestand (2017), Brenda Kuehn (1995), Martha Leach (2011), Ellen Port (2002), Anna Schultz (2000), Carol Semple Thompson (1992)

Curtis Cup Players (5): Patricia Cornett (USA: 1978, 1988), Sarah Ingram (USA: 1992, 1994, 1996), Brenda Kuehn (USA: 1996, 1998), Ellen Port (USA: 1994, 1996), Carol Semple Thompson (USA: 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002)

Curtis Cup Captains (4): Patricia Cornett (USA: 2012), Sarah Ingram (USA: 2021, 2022), Ellen Port (USA: 2014), Carol Semple Thompson (USA: 2006, 2008)

Players from Alabama (5): Patricia Ehrhart (Birmingham), Lea Green (McCalla), Kathy Hartwiger (Birmingham), Theresa Mahlik (Madison), Susan West (Tuscaloosa)

Played in 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur (1): Lara Tennant (MC)

Played in 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open (21): Tina Barker (MC), Nancy Beck (MC), Laura Coble (46), Susan Cohn (MC), Lynne Cowan (T36), Kay Daniel (MC), Patricia Ehrhart (MC), Gigi Higgins (MC), Sarah Ingram (MC), Amy Kennedy (MC), Sally Krueger (MC), Judith Kyrinis (MC), Martha Leach (T20), Danielle Lee (MC), Janet Moore (MC), Ellen Port (T20), Lara Tennant (T29), Carol Semple Thompson (MC), Corey Weworski (T36), Sue Wooster (T47), Sherry Wright (MC)

Sisters in the field: Lara Tennant and Cappy Mack

Sisters-in-Law in field: Jennifer Friedrich and Lydia Shell



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