60th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur: Inside the Field

By Julia Pine, USGA

| Jul 26, 2022

60th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur: Inside the Field

60th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Home

The average age of the 132 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur competitors is 58.8 years old.

Ulrika Migliaccio, of Cary, N.C., is the championship’s youngest competitor. She turned 50 on June 5. Robyn Puckett, 75, of Australia, is the championship’s oldest competitor.

The following players will celebrate a birthday during the championship:

  • Carol Sarkissian will turn 63 on Aug. 2

  • Kim Eaton will turn 63 on Aug. 3

  • Dawn Swit will turn 52 on Aug. 3

Field by age:

Age 50-54, 28 players
Age 55-59, 47 players
Age 60-64, 40 players
Age 65-69, 12 players
Age 70-75, 5 players 

There are 11 countries represented in the championship: Australia (2), Canada (6), England (1), Finland (1), Japan (3), Mexico (3), Northern Ireland (1), People’s Republic of China (1), Republic of Korea (1), Sweden (1), United States of America (111)

There are 35 states represented in the championship: Alabama (2), Alaska (1), Arizona (7), California (18), Colorado (4), Connecticut (3), Delaware (2), Florida (12), Georgia (3), Hawaii (2), Idaho (1), Illinois (2), Iowa (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (2), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri (3), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), North Carolina (5), Ohio (3), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (1), Texas (6), Utah (1), Virginia (3), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1).

California has the most players with 18, while Florida has 12. 

Players from Alaska (1): Pamela Chesla (Hope)

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champions (5): Terri Frohnmayer (2011), Judith Kyrinis (2017), Ellen Port (2012, 2013, 2016), Lara Tennant (2018, 2019, 2021), Carol Semple Thompson (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur runners-up (7): Pamela Kuong (2015), Judith Kyrinis (2014), Ellen Port (2021), Robyn Puckett (2007), Terrill Samuel (2017), Carol Semple Thompson (2005), Sue Wooster (2018, 2019)

U.S. Women’s Amateur champions (2): Mary Budke (1972), Carol Semple Thompson (1973)

U.S. Women’s Amateur runners-up (2): Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1993), Carol Semple Thompson (1974)

U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champions (9): Robin Weiss Donnelley (1989), Kathy Hartwiger (2002), Mary Ann Hayward (2005), Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1991, 1993, 1994), Martha Leach (2009), Cindy McConnell (1987), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011), Carol Semple Thompson (1990, 1997), Corey Weworkski (2004)

Curtis Cup players (7): Mary Budke (USA: 1974), Robin Weiss Donnelley (USA: 1990, 1992, 2000), Sarah Ingram (USA: 1992, 1994, 1996), Brenda Kuehn (USA: 1996, 1998), Cindy McConnell (USA: 1988), Ellen Port (USA: 1994, 1996), Carol Semple Thompson (USA: 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002)

Curtis Cup Captains (4): Mary Budke (USA: 2002), Sarah Ingram (USA: 2021, 2022), Ellen Port (USA: 2014), Carol Semple Thompson (USA: 2006, 2008)

Sarah Ingram

Two-time victorious USA Curtis Cup captain Sarah Ingram is one of 16 USGA champions in the field. (USGA/Chris Keane)

Player Notes 

Christie Austin, 65, of Denver, Colo., is playing in her 20th USGA championship. A former USGA Executive Committee member, she has worked as a volunteer Rules official at more than 60 USGA championships, including 10 U.S. Opens, 11 U.S. Senior Opens and nine U.S. Women's Opens. She has also officiated at the Masters Tournament, The Open Championship conducted by The R&A and NCAA Division 1 Men's and Women's Championships. Austin also serves on the board of the Colorado Golf Foundation. Austin’s playing record includes 15 Colorado Women’s Golf Association titles and she was inducted to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.

Brenda Kuehn, 57, of Asheville, N.C., has competed in over 45 USGA championships, including nine U.S. Women’s Opens. Kuehn, a two-time Curtis Cup competitor, was the runner-up in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She secured the winning point for the USA in the 1998 Curtis Cup Match at The Minikahda Club in Minnesota, and watched her daughter, Rachel, achieve the same distinction at the 2021 Curtis Cup in Wales and the 2022 Curtis Cup Match at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Brenda and Rachel’s golf bond dates to the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open, when Brenda competed in the championship while eight months pregnant with Rachel. Brenda is competing in her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, and recently qualified for the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, which will be played at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio, in August.

Ulrika Belline, 52, of Sweden, is a single mother of three who took an 11-year hiatus from golf before picking up her clubs again last year. She was a member of the Swedish National Junior Golf Team from 1989-1993, and a member of the 1990 and 1993 Arizona State University women’s golf teams, both of which won NCAA titles. In January, Belline became a U.S. citizen, and works full time as a residential real estate agent. She is active in the CrossFit community.

Tama Caldabaugh, 58, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., currently serves on the board of directors for the Florida State Golf Association, where she also spends time as a volunteer Rules official. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, Caldabaugh underwent surgery and chemotherapy and is now nine years cancer-free. She has won six Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association championships and was named Florida State Golf Association Senior Woman Player of the Year in 2015. This will be her 11th USGA championship, with her best finish coming in the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, when she reached the semifinals.

Shelly Haywood, 55, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is playing in her fifth USGA championship and third straight U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Last year, she reached the Round of 32. She was the second female graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) at New Mexico State University, where she competed on the women's golf team. From 2004-2019, Haywood was the head women’s golf coach at the University of Arizona. She now owns The Modern Vault, which specializes in authentic mid-century modern furniture and accessories, and competes regularly in senior women’s events in Southern California.

Sarah LeBrun Ingram, 56, of Nashville, Tenn., captained the USA Curtis Cup Team to victory over Great Britain & Ireland last August in Wales and this June at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and a Tennessee Sports Hall of Famer, competed in three Curtis Cup Matches in the 1990s. She began playing competitively again in 2019 and won the 2020 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur and the inaugural LNGA Senior Amateur title in April. In 2021, she played in both the U.S. Senior Women’s Open (MC) and U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (Round of 32).

Susan Keane, 58, of Orlando, Fla., is a former professional tennis player who was ranked the No. 1 junior in 1980. She played in her first tennis US Open at age 14 before turning professional at age 16 and competing for eight years, reaching as high as No. 32 in the world. After injuries forced an early retirement from her playing career, she coached at UCLA. Keane began playing golf in her 40s and will be competing in her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. She is also a breast cancer survivor. 

Adrienne MacLean, 56, of Tequesta, Fla., is playing in her 20th USGA championship, first playing in the 1980 U.S. Girls’ Junior. She is married to former NHL star John MacLean, who played professional hockey from 1983-2002, winning the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995 and being named an NHL All-Star in 1989 and 1991. Adrienne played professionally on the Futures Tour in the early 1990s before being reinstated as amateur in 1996 and raising two boys, both of whom play hockey. Adrienne will be playing in her fourth straight Senior Women’s Amateur, and fifth overall. 

Ulrika Migliaccio, 50, of Cary, N.C., was a member of the University of Arizona women’s golf team from 1992-1995, where she helped the team to a Pac-10 Championship title and runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship in 1992. She earned All-America and All Pac-10 honors that season while playing alongside Annika Sorenstam. Prior to her collegiate career, Migliaccio was a member of the Swedish National Team from 1989-92, and her decorated junior career included the 1990 Nordic Junior and 1991 Swedish Junior titles. Ulrika currently works as a volunteer assistant coach for the N.C. State women’s golf team. Her daughter, Emilia was a two-time All-America player at Wake Forest and a member of the victorious 2021 and 2022 USA Curtis Cup Teams.

Ellen Port, 60, of St. Louis, Mo., nearly won her eighth USGA championship last year when she fell short in the final match of the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur to Lara Tennant, 2 and 1. Port, a seven-time USGA champion, has won four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles with her most recent coming in 2011. She is tied with Anne Quast Sander and Carol Semple Thompson for second among female USGA champions with seven titles, trailing only JoAnne Carner (eight). Port made history last year, becoming the first woman to win the Met Senior Amateur, the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association's premier senior men's championship, prevailing in a four-hole playoff. She was co-low amateur and finished in a tie for 20th in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn C.C. in Fairfield, Conn.

Claudia Ramirez, 51, of San Antonio, Texas, is a TPI certified golf fitness professional who specializes in working with junior and senior golfers. She played college tennis when attending Texas Christian University, graduating in 1994 with a degree in neuroscience. She was paired with eventual champion Michelle Wie in 2003 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in the stroke-play rounds. Ramirez is playing in her fifth USGA championship and first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. 

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, 50, of Haslett, Mich., is head coach of the Michigan State University women’s golf team, recently completing her 25th season in the role. Slobodnik-Stoll has led the Spartans to 21 NCAA Regional appearances, 12 trips to the NCAA Championships and eight Big Ten titles, including 2021. Additionally, Michigan State has won 43 tournaments during her tenure. Slobodnik-Stoll is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1999. Slobodnik-Stoll graduated from Michigan State in 1994 and earned her master's degree in sports administration from the school in 1999. 

Marlene Summers, 67, of Montgomery, Texas, was in 2007 diagnosed with an incurable muscle disease that left her unable to walk even a few steps without help. Two years later, after intensive rehab, she walked her first 18 holes of golf and she proceeded to qualify for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, her first USGA championship. In 2005, after meeting a young soldier on a practice green, Marlene was inspired to start a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports troops overseas. She has spent over 30 years volunteering at the Shell Houston Open. She is competing in her 13th USGA championship. 

Marie-Therese Torti, 59, of Canada, recently finished chemotherapy and immunotherapy after a 2020 breast cancer diagnosis. She finished treatment in February and went on to earn co-medalist honors in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur qualifier at Acoaxet Club in Westport, Mass., in late June, shooting a 74. Torti is playing in her 11th USGA championship and first since 2019. 

Lara Tennant, 55, of Portland, Ore., became the first player since Carol Semple Thompson (1999-2002) to win three consecutive U.S. Senior Women's Amateur titles when she defeated seven-time USGA champion Ellen Port, of St. Louis, Mo., 2 and 1, in the championship match at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala., in 2021. Tennant, who played at the University of Arizona, is a four-time Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur champion and winner of the 2020 California Senior Women’s Amateur and 2019 R&A Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. She was one of seven amateurs to make the cut in the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open and finished in a tie for 29th. She made the first hole-in-one in U.S. Senior Women’s Open history in the inaugural championship at Chicago Golf Club on the 163-yard 7th hole.

Carol Semple Thompson, 73, of Sewickley, Pa., is a World Golf Hall of Famer with seven USGA championship titles in 118 USGA championships played, tied for second-most among all women in victories with Ellen Port and Anne Quast Sander, one behind JoAnne Gunderson Carner. Thompson has competed on a record 12 USA Curtis Cup Teams and has captained another two teams. Thompson returned to competitive golf in 2021, playing in both the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., and the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala. She won the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 Senior Women’s Amateurs.