U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: Could she be you?

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Tara Joy-Connelly, shares a laugh with Lauren Greenlief, left, on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Greenlief won the match to advance to the quarterfinals. (Copyright USGA/Matt Sullivan)

THE QUARTERFINALISTS of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship this week at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La., are women like you. They have jobs and/or families but keep playing golf for the fun of it. To qualify for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am, they had to be at least 25 years old and have a USGA index of not more than 9.4.

Do any of them sound like someone you could aspire to be? Take a look at their profiles, courtesy of the USGA, and follow the quarterfinal matches at USWMidAm.org and on Twitter with #USWomensMidAm.

Whitney Britton, 25, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

  • Competing in her first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and fourth USGA championship
  • A 2012 graduate of Oregon State University, where she was named to the Pac-12 Academic All-America Second Team three times
  • Works in business development at Gravity Pro Consulting
  • Married to Mitchell Britton
  • Previously played under her maiden name of French

Paige Bromen, 29, of Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Competing in her second U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and second USGA championship
  • Five-time Minneapolis Golf Club champion
  • Holds the Minneapolis Golf Club course record with a 65 shot in 2010
  • 2013 Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Four-Ball champion
  • A 2009 University of Minnesota graduate, where she was twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors
  • Earned an MBA from Minnesota in 2013
  • An optimization manager for Select Comfort

Kay Daniel, 44, of Covington, La.

  • Competing in her ninth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and 10th USGA championship
  • Previous best result was the Round of 16 at the 2013 Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • 2005 Louisiana Women’s Amateur champion and 2015 runner-up
    Seven-time Louisiana Women’s Mid-Amateur champion
  • A graduate of Mississippi State University
  • An orthodontist
  • Married to Chuck Daniel with two children, Nicklaus and Abbey
  • Daughter Abbey reached the final round of the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Lauren Greenlief, 25, of Oakton, Va.

  • Youngest competitor in the championship, having turned 25 on Sept. 13
  • Competing in her first Women’s Mid-Amateur and sixth USGA championship
  • Advanced to Round of 16 in 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes with partner Abby Portyrata
  • Was a member of the third-place Virginia team in the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship
  • Three-time Virginia State Golf Association Stroke Play champion, winning in 2010 on the seventh playoff hole
  • Finished second in the 2015 Virginia State Women’s Amateur and third in the 2015 Canadian Women’s Amateur
  • A 2012 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she walked onto the golf team and was a two-time Academic All-American
  • A management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group

Mercedes Huarte, 29, of Argentina

  • Moved to the United States at age 18 to play college golf at Jacksonville State University
  • Four-time Ohio Valley Conference champion and the 2008 player of the year.
  • Financial analyst for Cisco Systems.
  • Husband, Corey Brindle, is an accountant with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army who has served in Afghanistan.

Christina Proteau, 32, of Canada

  • Competing in her fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and sixth USGA championship
  • Advanced to the Women’s Mid-Amateur quarterfinals in 2012 and 2014, losing to Laura Coble in 2012 and Meghan Stasi in 2014
  • Competed in 2014 while eight months pregnant, with each match going 19 holes
  • Winner of the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships
  • Winner of the 2006, 2009 and 2011 British Columbia Women’s Amateur Championships
  • Winner of the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 British Columbia Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships
  • A 2005 graduate of the University of New Mexico
  • A prosecutor for the ministry of justice for the province of British Columbia
  • Married to Jim Proteau with one child, Jameson

Margaret Shirley, 29, of Roswell, Ga.

  • Competing in her fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and 13th USGA championship
  • Defending champion, beating Julia Potter in a rematch of the 2013 final, which was only the third such rematch in USGA championship history
  • Competed for the victorious Georgia squad in 2015 USGA Women’s State Team Championship
  • Winner of the 2006, 2008 and 2013 Georgia Women’s Open
  • Winner of the 2011 Georgia Women’s Match-Play Championship
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in July 2010
  • A 2008 graduate of Auburn University
  • Executive director for Atlanta Junior Golf, which hosts 90 one-day golf tournaments for juniors ages 7-18
  • Served as assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Georgia and Auburn University

Ashley Tonore, 38, of Monroe, La.

  • Competing in her first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and fifth USGA championship, and her first event beyond a club championship since 2007
  • Played two years on the LPGA Tour
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in 2006
  • A 1998 graduate of Louisiana State University, where she was a three-time Academic All-American
  • Former women’s golf coach at the University of Louisiana-Monroe
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Married to Gerald Tonore with two children, Morgan and Alex
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