Port, Cohn reach USGA Senior Women's Amateur final

  • Associated Press
  • September 25, 2013 - 9:45 PM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Defending champion Ellen Port and Susan Cohn each won two matches Wednesday at CordeValle to advance to the USGA Senior Women's Amateur final.

The 52-year-old Port, from St. Louis, beat Marilyn Hardy of Houston 6 and 4 in the morning quarterfinals and topped Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Fla., 4 and 3 in the semifinals.

The 50-year-old Cohn, from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., in 20 holes in the quarterfinals and beat Caryn Wilson of Rancho Mirage, Calif., 4 and 3 in the semifinals.

"Unbelievable," said Port, a high school teacher and golf coach. "Sometimes you just keep putting one foot in front of the other and then you wake up and 'Oh my gosh, and then there were two.'"

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, is seeking her sixth U.S. Golf Association title. She won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur four times.

"Each match has its own flavor and its own dynamic," Port said. "Sometimes it's pretty. Sometimes, it's ugly and sometimes, it's a birdie-fest. So, I am going to take whatever I have and do what I have been doing."

Cohn is playing her first USGA event since the 1992 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

"It's been an amazing experience," said Cohn, a 10-time Palm Beach County Amateur winner. "To play in a USGA event is a privilege. To play well is the icing on the cake."

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