SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Sarah LeBrun Ingram of Nashville, Tenn., clinging to a 1-up lead after losing the 16th and 17th holes, managed a closing par-5 for a half and a 1-up decision over Marion Maney-McInerney of Dedham, Mass., in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship at Desert Highlands Golf Club yesterday.
In this morning's scheduled 18-hole final on the 5,872-yard, par-72 course, Ingram, whose family lives in Owings Mills, will play 1988 champion Martha Lang of Geneva, Ill., a 2-up winner over Tish Pruess, the 1961 U.S. Women's Amateur champion from Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ingram, 25, never trailed after the third hole, building a 3-up margin on three separate occasions. The last was at the 15th hole, which she won with a par. Maney-McInerney battled back to win the 16th with a par and the 17th with a birdie, when she holed a breaking 30-foot putt across a deep swale.
At the par-5 18th, Maney-McInerney reached the green in regulation and two-putted, while Ingram pushed a four-iron second shot right, where her line of sight to the green was blocked by a high mound. She came up short of the green with a wedge shot, pitched five feet past, and made the putt.
Marion Maney-McInerney, Dedham, Mass., def. Gina Johnston, Palm City, Fla., 1 up; Sarah LeBrun Ingram, Nashville, Tenn., def. Mary Schmidt, Houston, Texas, 4 and 3; Martha Lang, Geneva, Ill., def. Ellen Port, St. Louis, Mo., 1 up; Phyllis Pruess, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Anne Sander, Santa Barbara, Calif., 2 and 1.
Ingram def. Maney-McInerney, 1 up; Lang def. Pruess, 2 up.