September 09, 2014

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) Defending champion Julia Potter won two matches Tuesday at Harbour Trees to reach the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur quarterfinals.

The 26-year-old Potter is a reinstated amateur from Granger, Indiana, who played at the University of Missouri. She beat Charlotte Daughan of Orlando, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round and topped Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, Maryland, 1 up in the third round.

''We both had our moments out there where we really could have taken the match, but we just never really capitalized on it,'' said Potter said about her victory over Schlesinger. ''It's just exhausting at this point. I'm just happy to make the quarterfinals.''

In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, Potter will play 54-year-old Mina Hardin of La Quinta, California, and Mexico's Liisa Kelo Escartin will face Tara Joy-Connelly of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

In the third round, Hardin beat Shannon Johnson of Foxborough, Massachusetts 5 and 4; Kelo Escartin edged Midori Ishii of Torrance, California, 2 and 1; and Joy-Connelly routed Stacy Dennis of Huntsville, Texas, 6 and 5.

In the upper bracket, qualifying medalist Margaret Shirley of Atlanta, the runner-up last year, will play Debbie Adams of Asheville, North Carolina, and Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Florida, will face Canada's Cristina Proteau.

In the third round, Shirley beat Tobi Herron of Columbus, Indiana, 2 and 1; Adams edged Lynne Cowan of Rocklin, California, 2 up; Stasi beat Linda Jeffery of Abilene, Texas, 3 and 2; and Proteau topped Katie Miller of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, in 19 holes.

''I hit it in the rough a few times today and you're going to get in trouble for that,'' said Shirley, a former Auburn player. ''You're always going to have a match or two that you're not going to hit it well, and that was this afternoon for me.''

The event is for players 25 and older.

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