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Wins at U.S. Women’s Mid-Am earn 3 Coloradans round-of-32 matchups with former national champs

By Gary Baines – 09/16/2019

Three Coloradans — Susie Roh of Denver, Erin Houtsma of Denver and Marilyn Hardy of Gunnison — won their opening matches on Monday at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in Flagstaff, Ariz.

For all three, their reward will be facing past Women’s Mid-Amateur champions in Tuesday morning’s round of 32. Next up for Roh (pictured above in a USGA photo by Darren Carroll) will be 2015 champ Lauren Greenlief of Ashburn, Va. Houtsma will meet 2009 winner Martha Leach of Hebron, Ky. Hardy will square off with two two-time champion — and this year’s stroke-play medalist — Julia Potter-Bobb of Indianapolis.

In Monday’s round of 64, Roh scored a 2-up victory over Courtney Kim of Raleigh, N.C. Roh lost the first hole, but never trailed after winning No. 2 with a par. She finished the day with three birdies.

Houtsma, a former pro who won the 2005 CoBank Colorado Women’s Open, prevailed 1 up on Monday over Lea Venable of Simpsonville, S.C. Houtsma, competing in a USGA championship for the first time in 17 years, made a winning par on 18 to notch the victory.

Hardy, a semifinalist in the first U.S. Women’s Mid-Am, notched a 2-and-1 win on Monday over Michelle Jarman of Wilmington, N.C. Hardy never trailed in the match.

The winners in Tuesday morning’s round of 32 will play round-of-16 matches in the afternoon.

Here’s how all the players with strong Colorado connections have fared this week at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur:

MONDAY’S MATCH PLAY ROUND OF 64

Marilyn Hardy of Gunnison def. Michelle Jarman of Wilmington, N.C., 2 and 1

Susie Roh of Denver def. Courtney McKim of Raleigh, N.C., 2 up

Paige McCullough of Stillwater, Minn. def. Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kim Eaton, 3 and 2

Erin Houtsma of Denver def. Lea Venable of Simpsonville, S.C., 1 up

Ina Kim-Schaad of New York def. Jessica Smith of Grand Junction, 4 and 3

WEEKEND STROKE PLAY

Advanced 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

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