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2014 Football Scrimmages
Golf champ home grown . . . And proud of it
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:22 AM
Defending U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Julia Potter, of Granger, IN, at Tuesday’s Media Day for the 2014 championship. It will be played at Noblesville’s Harbour Trees Golf Club Sept. 6-11/HC Sports Daily photos: Mark Morrow.
Tournament Date: Sept. 6-11.
First Championship:The U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship originated in 1987. It marks the first time for the women's championship in Hamilton County . . . The 1989 U.S. Men's Mid-Am championship was played at Crooked Stick GC in Carmel.
Defending champion: Julia Potter, Granger, IN: She played high school golf at Penn and college golf for the Missouri Tigers. She called winning the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur her biggest championship ever.
Eligibility: Women golfers age 25 and older with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 9.4 . . . each champion receives a 10-year exemption.
Starting Field: 132 players determined by sectional qualifying and past champions.
Format:Two days of stroke play: Saturday Sept. 6, and Sunday Sept. 7, with a cut and the top 64 scores continuing. Match play begins on Monday, Sept. 8.
Admission: Free (tickets not required - spectators are encouraged to attend).
Championship Yardage: 6,117 yards, playing to a par 36-36-72.
Most intriguing hole: Par-3 No. 18 is over water . . . very undulated green . . . should provide a great deal of drama . . . stadium-type setting for viewing.
About Harbour Trees Golf Course: It opened in 1973 . . . designed by renowned architect Pete Dye. Many of Dye's characteristics, including the use of railroad ties to buttress the land and small greens, were incorporated into the Noblesville course.
Harbour Trees Club Pro: Justin Werkley.
Julia Potter is wholesome and about as down to earth as anyone could expect.
Ask the reigning U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur titlist a question, and you get an honest answer.
That shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, she's a native Hoosier from Granger, who has tremendous Indiana values and respect for her community and the state as a whole.
"I qualified out of Dallas, Texas, where I was living last year; but I registered as being from Granger,' Potter, 26, said during Tuesday's Media Day at Noblesville's Harbour Trees Golf Club. Harbor Trees is the site of that 2014 championship Sept. 6-11.
"Indiana is where I grew up, where I learned to play golf, and where I wanted to represent. I was proud to see my name on the leaderboard after my victory...and even prouder to let people know where I'm from.'
Potter, the first left-handed female player to capture a USGA championship, talked about being a reinstated amateur.
She was on the Future's Ladies Tour for a short period of time. She won the Mid-Am in her first try as an amateur, and she won the Indiana Women's State Open earlier this summer.
"Pro golf just wasn't the lifestyle I wanted,' said Potter, who is now the Indiana Golf Office director of marketing and women's golf. "I never grew up saying I wanted to be a pro golfer. I went out and tried, and realized it wasn't for me.
"I commend all of the women who are out on tour day-in and day-out trying to succeed and to get a paycheck. It really is hard work. I did not have the 'wants' like other pro golfers. It's that simple.'
She said she's doing day-to-day things on the administration, marketing side of golf.
"I'm content in what I'm doing now, and Mike David (executive director of the Indiana Golf office) is an amazing teacher,' she said.
Potter said that winning the USGA event last year really wasn't what she was expecting.
"I'm one of those people who has to take it one step at a time. I was lucky enough to win last year. It was not a week in the making, not year in the making...but a career in the making.'
She broke out in a big smile.
"I probably attempted to qualify for 20 USGA events (and did qualify for two)...but now I guess I'm 50-50 when I qualify,' she said, drawing a big laugh from those in attendance.
When asked if there's anything about her that people probably don't know, or if she was superstitious, she paused and chuckled.
"Well, yes, I've very superstitious ...incredibly,' she said, laughing while leaning back in a chair on the patio.
"I have to mark my golf ball a certain way. I have a little asterisk above the 'T' on my Titleist golf ball, and I mark it in neon yellow...and I also always use the same ball marker.
"I also have the same head cover on my driver, even though it's pretty ragged...had it ever since my first year of college golf.'
Any other superstitions?
"Well, I could put Indianapolis on my scorecard for this year's U.S. Mid-Amateur, "but honestly, I'm still a little superstitious since Granger worked pretty well for me,' she said, drawing an other laugh.
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