Gretchen Johnson Completes Incredible Run at 2018 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Gretchen Johnson (Portland, Ore.) advanced all the way to the semifinals of this year's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, taking place this week at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
The 2018 OGA Women's Tournament of Champions winner lost in the final four to defending champion Kelsey Chugg (Salt Lake City, Utah) 2&1. Five-down at one point, Johnson fought back to climb within 2-down with three holes to play, but halved the final two holes to fall just short of a chance at winning a national championship.
Earlier on Wednesday, Johnson beat Julia Hodgson of Canada in 20 holes after being 2-down with two holes to play. Johnson staged a remarkable comeback, winning both No. 17 and No. 18 before winning the quarterfinal match with a birdie on the second extra hole.
Johnson, the No. 58 seed, defeated the No. 7 seed Katie Miller (Jeannette, Pa.) 1-up in the first round, held on Monday. On Tuesday morning, Johnson easily advanced to the round of 16 with a 6&5 win over Sarah Davison (Choudrant, La.). In Tuesday afternoon's round of 16, Johnson played 2017 semifinalist Marissa Mar (San Francisco, Calif.). The two entered the 18th hole all-square before Johnson birdied the par-5 18th, sealing a 1-up victory.
Along with winning this year's OGA Women's Tournament of Champions, Johnson finished runner-up at both the 2018 Oregon Women's Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2018 Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. She's a past winner at the Oregon Amateur Four-Ball Championship (2016), and also won the 2017 OGA Women's Tournament of Champions.
Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) also advanced to match play at this year's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, falling in Monday's first round, 3&1. Against Kim Benedict (Bonita Springs, Fla.), Jacobs lost three of four holes down the stretch after squaring the match on the 13th hole.
Jacobs had advanced to the quarterfinals of the national championship in both 2016 and 2017, earning an exemption into this year's event. She defeated Johnson in the finals of this year's Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, also advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Oregon Women's Amateur Championship.