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Johnson reaches quarterfinals at U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore. has advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being held this week at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. In her quarterfinal match, being held Wednesday, Sept 26, she will tee off at 8:20 a.m. local time against Julia Hodgson of Canada.

Gretchen Johnson gets a hug from her caddie, Amanda Jacobs, after she defeated Marissa Mar during the round of 16 at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Matt Sullivan)

Click here for full scoring from the 2018 U.S. Women’ Mid-Amateur.

Johnson had qualified on the number for match play at the championship, and is the No. 58 seed (out of 64) in the bracket. In the round of 64, she defeated No. 7 seed Katie Miller of Jeannette, Pa., 1-up.  Johnson was 1-down to Miller with two holes to play, but birdied both 17 and 18, winning both holes and taking the match.

In her round of 32 match, Johnson handily downed No. 26 seed Sarah Davison 6 and 5 before securing a close 1 up victory with a birdie on the final hole to defeat No. 10 seed Marissa Mar in the round of 16.

Former PNGA Players of the Year Christina Proteau (Port Alberni, B.C.) and Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) both made the round of 64 in the championship, but each fell in match play. Proteau lost in 19 holes to Julia Hodgson, while Jacobs lost 3 and 1 to Kim Benedict.

Proteau was the No. 31 seed in the championship’s match-play bracket, while Jacobs was the No. 42 seed. Proteau is a three-time PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014), and Jacobs is also a three-time recipient of this award (2015, 2016, 2017).

Johnson had made it to the final match in the 2017 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur, finishing runner-up to champion Proteau.