BROOKFIELD — Allison Schultz was one group ahead of Maggie Leef for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur qualifier Friday at Westmoor Country Club.
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!"
|1||Allison Schultz Madison, WI||F||+2||73|
|2||Kay Daniel Covington, LA||F||+6||77|
|T3||Katie Elliott Johnson Fitchburg, WI||F||+9||80|
|T3||Maggie Leef Pewaukee, WI||F||+9||80|
|ALTERNATES - IN ORDER (2)|
|T5||Lucy Sievers Wilmette, IL||F||+11||82|
|T5||Wendi Christensen Coral Springs, FL||F||+11||82|
|DID NOT QUALIFY|
|T7||Samantha Forster Wauwatosa, WI||F||+12||83|
|T7||Andrea Nelson Palm City, FL||F||+12||83|
|9||Deanna Song Granger, IN||F||+15||86|
|10||Megan Godfrey Chicago, IL||F||+16||87|
|11||Alison Bassetto Naperville, IL||F||+18||89|
|12||Lindsay Burry Appleton, WI||F||+22||93|
|13||Emily Sobut Chicago, IL||F||+28||99|