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Allison Schultz of Madison celebrates her hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole during the final round of the WWSGA State Amateur on Monday at La Crosse CC. Schultz used an 8-iron.

BROOKFIELD — Allison Schultz was one group ahead of Maggie Leef for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur qualifier Friday at Westmoor Country Club.

2019 U.S. Women's Mid-Am qualifiers

From left, Maggie Leef, Allison Schultz, Kay Daniel and Katie Elliott Johnson qualified for the 2019 U.S. Women's Mid-Am in Flagstaff, Ariz.

It just seemed like the Madison golfer was playing a different course.

"Westmoor was in great shape and Bill set it up HARD," Leef wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf, referring to Wisconsin State Golf Association tournament director Bill Linneman. "Allison’s 73 is impressive!!"

That 73 helped Schultz earn medalist honors by four shots over Kay Daniel of Covington, La., and qualify for her third consecutive U.S. Women's Mid-Am. Former University of Wisconsin golfer Katie Elliott Johnson of Fitchburg, who also qualified a year ago, joined Leef, who qualified for the U.S. Senior Am earlier in the week, in earning the last of four berths after both shot 80.

The 33rd U.S. Women's Mid-Am will be played Sept. 14 through 18 at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

"I feel really good about today’s score," Schultz wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf after making four bogeys and two birdies. "Westmoor is always a challenge. You absolutely have to hit stellar golf shots to score out there."

For Schultz, it was a measure of redemption after the former University of Toledo golfer shot 86-79-80 and finishing 10th two weeks ago at the Wisconsin State Women's Amateur at La Crosse Country Club despite a hole-in-one during the final round.

"Coming off a disappointing State Am, ... I needed to hit the reset button," Schultz wrote. "Getting back to the Mid-Am in 2019 has been my goal since I left St. Louis last year. This is what I play for at this point in my career.

"So (Friday) felt like all the hard work has paid off."

Schultz shot 78-81 at Norwood Hills CC in St. Louis a year ago and survived a 7-for-6 playoff to reach match-play where she lost in the first round. She said she felt an extra measure of confidence Friday with boyfriend Nate Gonring, who played on the men's team at Toledo, as her caddie.

"We make a great team out there and he helps me think my way around the golf course," Schultz wrote. "(I'm) looking forward to Flagstaff!"


POS
PLAYER
THRU
TOTAL
STROKES
 
QUALIFIERS (4)
1Allison Schultz  Madison, WIF+273 
2Kay Daniel  Covington, LAF+677 
T3Katie Elliott Johnson  Fitchburg, WIF+980 
T3Maggie Leef  Pewaukee, WIF+980 
ALTERNATES - IN ORDER (2)
T5Lucy Sievers  Wilmette, ILF+1182 
T5Wendi Christensen  Coral Springs, FLF+1182 
DID NOT QUALIFY
T7Samantha Forster  Wauwatosa, WIF+1283 
T7Andrea Nelson  Palm City, FLF+1283 
9Deanna Song  Granger, INF+1586 
10Megan Godfrey  Chicago, ILF+1687 
11Alison Bassetto  Naperville, ILF+1889 
12Lindsay Burry  Appleton, WIF+2293 
13Emily Sobut  Chicago, ILF+2899