Houtsma, Hardy, Eaton, Roh, Smith make match play at U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
By Gary Baines – 09/15/2019
Five players with strong connections to Colorado landed spots in the 64-person match play bracket at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Sunday.
The list is led by Erin Houtsma of Denver, a former pro who is competing in her first USGA championship in 17 years.
Joining Houtsma in advancing were Marilyn Hardy of Gunnison, a semifinalist in the first U.S. Women’s Mid-Am; Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton; Susie Roh of Denver and Jessica Smith of Grand Junction. Smith will celebrate her 34th birthday on Monday, when match play begins.
Houtsma, the 2005 CoBank Colorado Women’s Open champion, tied for 19th place in stroke play at 3-over-par 147. Hardy checked in at 149 (28th place), Eaton at 150 (35th place), Roh at 153 (48th place) and Smith at 154 (50th place).
Houtsma, who regained her amateur status 11 months ago, made one birdie and two bogeys in Sunday’s second round. (She is pictured in a USGA photo by Darren Carroll.)
Two-time Mid-Am champion Julia Potter-Bobb of Indianapolis earned stroke-play medalist honors at 6-under-par 138.
Here are the stroke-play scores for all the players with strong Colorado connections:
ADVANCE TO MATCH PLAY
19. Erin Houtsma, Denver 74-73–147
28. Marilyn Hardy, Gunnison 75-74—149
35. Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Kim Eaton 72-78–150
48. Susie Roh, Denver 79-74–153
50. Jessica Smith, Grand Junction 76-78–154
FAILED TO MAKE MATCH PLAY
Janet Moore, Centennial 84-81–165
Allison Besant, Broomfield 89-80–169
For all the scores, CLICK HERE.