Meet the 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Quarterfinalists

Debbie Adams, 47, of Asheville, N.C.

  • Competing in her fifth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a quarterfinal loss to Stacy Dennis in 2012
  • Competed for North Carolina in three USGA Women’s State Team Championships
  • Winner of the 1999 Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship
  • Winner of the 2004 Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship and North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2006-12 and 2014 Carolinas Mixed Team Championship with her husband, Anthony
  • Has represented the United States at the Maccabiah Games, where she has won an individual gold medal and a team gold medal
  • A 1990 graduate of Ohio State University
  • A homemaker
  • Married to Anthony Adams and mother to Stacey and Scott

Mina Hardin, 54, of La Quinta, Calif.

  • 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion
  • Competing in her 20th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a runner-up finish to Laura Shanahan in 2001
  • Runner-up in the 2011 Senior Women’s Amateur
  • Co-medalist in the 2009 Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Competed in seven USGA Women’s State Team Championships and was a member of the Texas team that tied for second in 2011
  • The first Mexican-born individual to win a USGA championship
  • The first Mexican-born individual to play on the LPGA Tour
  • Winner of the 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2009 Texas Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2004 Texas Women’s Open Championship
  • Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Texas Senior Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2013 Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Championship
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in 1991
  • Married to Gary Hardin

Liisa Kelo Escartin, 28, of Mexico

  • Competing in her third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a second-round loss to Christina Proteau in 2012
  • A 2010 Arizona State University graduate
  • A freelance sustainability consultant, focusing on golf course sustainability

Tara Joy-Connelly, 41, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • Competing in her 10th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a semifinal loss to Martha Leach in 2011
  • Competed in eight USGA Women’s State Team Championships, for Massachusetts and Florida, and was a member of Florida’s runner-up team in 2013
  • Winner of the 1995 and 1996 New England Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2003 and 2013 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Women’s Open Championship
  • Partnered with Meghan Stasi to win the 2009 Florida Women’s Four-Ball Championship and the 2013 Women’s International Four-Ball Championship
  • Massachusetts Golf Association Player of the Decade for 2000-09
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in 2001
  • A 1995 graduate of the University of Miami
  • Married to J.P. Connelly, the head golf professional at Cohasset Golf Club in Massachusetts

Julia Potter, 26, of Granger, Ind.

  • 2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion
  • Competing in her second Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Winner of the 2007 IWGA Team Championship
  • Winner of the 2008, 2009 and 2014 IWGA Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2009 IWGA Match Play Championship
  • 2008 and 2009 IWGA Player of the Year
  • A 2011 graduate of the University of Missouri, where she won five tournaments and holds all but two individual records
  • Named to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 All-Big 12 First Team
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in June 2012
  • Director of marketing and women’s golf for the Indiana Golf Office
  • A former USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern with the Missouri Golf Association
  • Underwent back surgery at age 16 due to scoliosis

Christina Proteau, 31, of Canada

  • Competing in her third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a quarterfinal loss to Laura Coble in 2012
  • 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 and 2014 British Columbia Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
  • 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, and is six months pregnant with her first child

Margaret Shirley, 28, of Roswell, Ga.

  • Competing in her third U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Best previous Women’s Mid-Amateur result was a runner-up finish to Julia Potter in the 2013 championship
  • Competed in one USGA Women’s State Team Championship for Georgia.
  • 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
  • A manager of Rules and competitions 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

Meghan Stasi, 36, of Oakland Park, Fla.

  • 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion
  • Competing in her ninth Women’s Mid-Amateur
  • Has a 37-4 record in Women’s Mid-Amateur match play
  • Competed in three USGA Women’s State Team Championships and was a member of Florida’s runner-up team in 2013
  • Represented the United States in the 2012 Curtis Cup Match
  • Winner of the 2010 and 2012 Florida Women’s Amateur Match Play Championship
  • Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Florida Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the 2012 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship
  • Winner of seven consecutive Philadelphia Women’s Match Play Championships from 1999 to 2005
  • Winner of the 2014 Harder Hall Invitational
  • Winner of the 2014 Western Philadelphia Match Play Championship
  • Partnered with Tara Joy-Connelly to win the 2009 Florida Women’s Four-Ball Championship and the 2013 Women’s International Four-Ball Championship
  • A member of the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Hall of Fame
  • A 2000 graduate of Tulane University
  • Owner of Shuck N’ Dive, a seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Served as head women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi from 2000-07
  • Married to Danny Stasi

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