Mid-Amateur Players to Watch
Defending Women’s Southern Golf Association Mid-Amateur Champion Susan West will try to defend her title June 3-7 at the 2019 Championship to be held at Lockwood Folly Golf Course in Holden Beach, NC. West won the 4th Mid-Amateur last June at her home course, NorthRiver Yacht Club, in Tuscaloosa, AL. West is fresh off an appearance in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Pine Needles and is working hard to capture her second WSGA title. West also qualified for the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open, which was held last summer at Chicago Golf Club.
West, who played tennis at the University of Alabama, has seen great success since switching her focus to golf. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, and was the recipient of the Alabama Golf Association inaugural Senior Golfer of the Year in 2017. She has competed in a number of USGA events, including seven U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs.
Former WSGA Senior Champions Anna Schultz (2018, 2007, 2006), Carolyn Creekmore (2015, 2004) and Julie Harrison (2016) are among those in the 28-player field looking to challenge West for the title.
The most formidable challenger could be current University of Southern Mississippi Golf Coach Lucy Nunn, who comes in as the youngest competitor in the Mid-Amateur. Nunn is a former WSGA Amateur Champion, capturing the title in 2008. Nunn competed for the University of Arkansas and then competed on the LPGA Futures Tour.
The Lawton, OK native began her coaching career at the University of Kentucky before spending 4 seasons at the University of Houston, where she was Associate Head Coach.
Schultz is a perennial contender in every WSGA event she enters. She is a 2013 inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion. She has competed in numerous USGA events, including 4 Women’s Amateur appearances.
Creekmore, who recently moved to Ponte Vedra, FL, from Dallas won the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, an event she was also a finalist in in 2009. She is a member of the Hall of Fames in both Texas and her native state of Arkansas. Like Schultz her list of accomplishments on both the local, state and national level are staggering.
Harrison recently qualified for and competed in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles. She partnered with Brenda Pictor earlier this year to win the Marlene Stewart Streit Four-Ball at PGA National. Harrison has competed in a number of USGA events and won numerous state and local titles.
As usual Texas leads the way in competitors as 8 players from the Lone Star State will be teeing it up at Lockwood Folly. Four competitors each from host North Carolina, Louisiana and Florida are in the field with two players from Georgia competing. The rest of the field is rounded out with players from Alabama, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Mississippi and South Carolina.
Defending 2018 Mid-Amateur Champion Susan West receiving her trophy from WSGA President Janie Carpenter.