ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Stroke-play medalist Julia Potter and Margaret Shirley advanced to final Wednesday in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Biltmore Forest.
The 25-year-old Potter, a recently reinstated amateur from Granger, Ind., beat Tara Joy-Connelly of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Canada's Stefi Markovich 3 and 2 in the afternoon semifinals.
"I came in with the goal of giving myself a chance of winning this championship and now I've done it," Potter said. "It just hit me right now that I've gotten to this place and how rare that is for a golfer. That's huge for me."
The 27-year-old Shirley, from Roswell, Ga., beat Andrea Kraus of Baltimore 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals, and rallied to edge four-time champion Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., in 19 holes in the semifinals. Against Stasi, Shirley took Nos. 17 and 18 with pars and won with a conceded birdie on the first extra hole.
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