Stroke-play medalist Dawn Woodard of Franklin, Tenn., advanced to the quarterfinals Tuesday at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, being played at the 6,208-yard, par-73 Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree.
Woodard won the first hole against Patty Moore, 57, of Charlotte, N.C., and never trailed en route to a 1-up victory. Woodard earlier in the day ousted two-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion Diane Lang, 5 and 3.
Woodard will next face defending champion Meghan Bolger of Haddonfield, N.J.
Bolger was also extended to the 18th hole for the first time in the championship. In her third-round match against 2004 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur winner Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, Bolger held a 2-up lead after 15 holes but saw her lead shrink in half when she bogeyed the 16th. After the two traded pars at the 17th and 18th hole, Bolger had a 1-up victory.
Ellen Port of St. Louis, Mo., advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. After ousting 1978 USA Curtis Cupper Noreen Mohler of Bethlehem, Pa., in the morning’s second round, Port earned a 3-and-2 victory over Toni Wiesner of Fort Worth, Texas.
Kerry Postillion of Burr Ridge, Ill., a member at Desert Forest, advanced with a 1-up victory over 2001 Women’s Mid-Am runner-up Mina Hardin, of Fort Worth, Texas. Earlier in the day, Hardin had advanced with a 5-and-4 second-round victory over 2006 Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up Thuhashini Selvaratnam, a former Arizona State standout.
The tournament continues with quarterfinal and semifinal matches today.