Philadelphia Women’s Amateur Quarterfinals

A familiar name heads the list of semi finalists at the 119th Philadelphia Women’s Amateur Championship. Eleven-time champion Ann Laughlin spoiled Rivercrests’s Suzi Spotleson’s bid for a successful title defense with a 4-and-3 win in a quarterfinal match Wednesday at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale.
Laughlin won her first Philadelphia Women’s Amateur title in 1974, her last in 1993. Her opponent in Thursday’s semifinals will be Madeline Sager of Spring-Ford who needed 19 holes to take out Samantha Staudt of Applecross.
On the other side of the bracket, Commonwealth National’s Ashley Cassidy was a 3-and-2 winner over her clubmate Alex Liu to set up a semifinal meeting with Merion’s Catherine Elliott, a 2-up winner over Cara Basso of Whitford.
Thursday’s semifinal winners will clash Friday morning in a 36-hole final. The Philadelphia Women’s Amateur is believed to be America’s oldest regional golf championship for females. It. was first played in 1897.

Quarterfinal results
Ann Laughlin (Riverton) def. Susie Spotleson (Rivercrest) 4 and 3;
Madeline Sager (Spring-Ford) def. Samantha Staudt  (Applecross) 19 holes; Ashley Cassidy (Commonwealth National) def. Alex Liu (Commonwealth National) 3 and 2; Catherine Elliott (Merion) def. Cara Basso (Whitford) 2 up


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