Susan West advances in US Senior Women's Amateur

DEAL, N.J. (AP) Former Alabama tennis player Susan West won two matches Tuesday in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at Hollywood Golf Club.

The 50-year-old West, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, beat Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round, and topped Martha Leach of Hebron, Kentucky, 1 up in the third round.

''I had a good morning and I grinded it out in the rain,'' West said. ''This afternoon, I played as solid a round of golf as I have in a long time.''

Leach upset two-time defending champion Ellen Port of St. Louis 3 and 2 in the second round.

''She played better than me,'' Port said. ''Her short game was better, her putting was better and she recovered better. I made more mistakes than Martha and that's the bottom line.''

West will face Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, a 2-up winner over South Africa's Louella Kanew.

In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Joan Higgins of Glendora, California, will play Canada's Helene Chartrand. Higgins beat Andrea Kraus of Baltimore 3 and 1, and Chartrand edged Noreen Mohler of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1 up.

In the lower bracket, 2011 winner Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Oregon, will face Kim Eaton of Tempe, Arizona; and Canada's Judith Kyrinis will play Mexico's Mina Hardin.

''We all have the expectation that we can win it or we wouldn't come here,'' said the 50-year-old Kyrinis, a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital.

Frohnmayer beat Patricia Brogden of Garner, North Carolina, 1 up; Eaton edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, California, in 19 holes; Kyrinis routed Laura Algiero of White Plains, New York, 8 and 6; and Hardin topped Sherry Herman of Jackson, New Jersey, 4 and 3.

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