23 Nov 2012
Four-time US Mid Amateur champion Meghan Stasi. Photo: USGA
Four-time US Mid Amateur champion Meghan Stasi will travel to Melbourne in January to compete in the Australian Amateur Championship after making history this year in the United States.
Stasi, 34, of Oakland Park, Florida, joined Ellen Port as the only four-time champions of the US Women’s Mid-Amateur with a 6-and-5 victory over Liz Waynick, 52, of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Stasi, who also claimed the title in 2006, 2007 and 2010, became the 16th golfer to win the same USGA championship at least four times.
Other notables to achieve the feat include Ben Hogan (U.S. Open), Jack Nicklaus (U.S. Open), Bob Jones (U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur), Mickey Wright (U.S. Women’s Open), Carol Semple Thompson (USGA Senior Women’s Amateur) and JoAnne Gunderson Carner (U.S. Women’s Amateur).
The record for the most titles in the same championship is six by Glenna Collett Vare (U.S. Women’s Amateur).
“Never in my life did I think I would be here right now,” said Stasi. “So I’m so appreciative to everybody… It’s a very long week for all involved, and you really just have to stay mentally and physically prepared. A few matches were very gruelling, but I just stayed on top of my game and hoped for the best.”
The 6-and-5 margin equalled the largest for a Women's Mid-Amateur final, joining Cindy Scholefield (1987) and Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1991).
The Australian Amateur Championships are held from 15-20 January 2013 at Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs in Melbourne.
Visit the official championship website at www.australianamateur.com.au and enter the competition to win a trip for 2 to Melbourne for the final!