ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA | Eventual champion Julia Potter shot 69-74 in stroke-play qualifying to earn medalist honors at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Potter, a 25-year-old from Granger, Ind., finished five strokes ahead of four-time and defending Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi (76-72) of Oakland Park, Fla. Potter’s 1-over-par 143 total was the third-lowest 36-hole score in championship history.
Stasi was bidding to become just the fifth person to capture the same USGA championship five or more times. With Champions Tour player and club member Morris Hatalsky on her bag, she cruised through her first two matches after advancing to match play. She narrowly survived her quarterfinal match against Laura Coble, winning 1 up in 19 holes after losing a dormie-3 lead. A similar situation occurred in her semi-final match with Margaret Shirley; 2 up with two to play, Stasi uncharacteristically bogeyed the final two holes and ended up in sudden death. Her approach from 80 yards on the first playoff hole came up well short, landing in a hazard, thereby ending her quest for a fifth Mid-Am title.