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Margaret Shirley x12
Manager of Rules and Competitions
Cobb County native Margaret ...
Cobb County native Margaret Shirley reached the finals of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship for the third straight year, but came away with her second tough loss in the title match.
Shirley, the Executive Director of Atlanta Junior Golf, lost 2&1 in the finals in Louisiana to Virginian Lauren Greenlief, who was seeded second among the 64 players who advanced to match play.
, the fourth seed, was just the eighth female and 12th player in USGA history to reach the finals of the same event three consecutive years.
, the defending champion, tied for fourth in stroke play qualifying and easily won her
first match 6&5 before scoring a narrow 1-up victory in the second round.
was 2-down after 9 holes before winning four of the next seven.
After a decisive 4&2 win in the third round, Shirley
was all square after 11 holes in the quarterfinals, but won three of the next five holes for a 3&2 victory.
again fell 2-down in the semifinals, but won holes 8, 9 and 11 to go 1-up and closed out the match with a birdie on the par-5 17th, her
third winning birdie of the match on a par 5.
That sent Shirley
into the finals against Greenlief, who turned 25 shortly before the tournament to reach the age minimum.
Greenlief threatened to blow the match open early, winning three of the first six holes, two with birdies, while Shirley
needed clutch par putts to halve the other three.
won holes 8 and 12 to close the gap
, and had a chance to pull even but missed an 8-foot birdie putt at the 14th and a 3-footer for par at the 15th.
Greenlief won the match when she
rolled in a birdie putt of some 35 feet at the 17th, with Shirley
missing from inside 15 feet in an attempt to send the match to the 18th.
Shirley played her college coach at Auburn and was an assistant on both the Georgia and Auburn women's teams before joining the staff of Atlanta Junior Golf.
played briefly as a pro and won two mini-tour events in Florida, but regained her
amateur status, and won her
third Georgia Women's Open title in 2013.
Tonore will face defending champion ...
Tonore will face defending champion Margaret Shirley, 29, of Roswell, Ga., in the quarterfinals.
had to rally from 2 down at the turn in her Round-of-32 match against Amanda Jacobs, 27, of Portland, Ore.
, the 2013 runner-up, won holes 10 and 12 to draw even, then won 15 and 16 to go 2 up.
Jacobs got one back on 17, but Shirley
took the 1-up victory with a halve on 18.
"I missed a couple really short putts on 2 and 5 in my first match and my dad pointed out that I was too quick with my stroke," said Shirley, the executive director of Atlanta Junior Golf.
, Roswell, Ga. (152) def.
, Roswell, Ga. (152) def.
8:10 a.m. - Margaret Shirley
, Roswell, Ga. (152) vs.
Margaret Shirley, 29, of ...
Margaret Shirley, 29, of Atlanta, Ga. (2014 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur)
, 29, of Atlanta, is the reigning U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion.
The former Auburn University golfer who helped the Tigers win the 2006 SEC Championship, also finished runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
After coaching stints at the University of Georgia and Auburn University, she now serves as the executive director of Atlanta Junior Golf, a role she assumed in March 2015.