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Mid-Amateur: Thompson, Port Advance

October 7, 2000

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Two-time champions Carol Semple Thompson and Ellen Port each won two matches Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

Thompson, who won her second straight U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur title two weeks ago, beat Toni Wiesner of Fort Worth, Texas, in 19 holes in a rematch of the senior final.

On the 19th hole, Wiesner three-putted from 6 feet for a double bogey and conceded Thompson’s par for the match.

``I feel terrible about the way it ended,″ said Thompson, 51, of Sewickley, Pa.

Thompson beat Leeann Vogel of West Gilgo Beach, N.Y., 3 and 2 in the second round on the Big Canyon Country Club course.

Port, 39 of St. Louis, beat Cynthia Navis of Montecito, Calif., 4 and 3 in the second round, and Marianne Towersey of Newport Beach, Calif., 9 and 7 in the third round.

``Actually, I hit the ball better this morning,″ said Port, the qualifying medalist. ``I’m learning that I don’t have to hit perfect shots. My irons have been really good, as well as my yardages, my strategy and course management.″

Defending champion Alissa Herron of Wayzata, Minn., was eliminated in the third round, falling 2 and 1 to Canada’s Judith Allan-Kyrinis.

In the quarterfinals, Port will face Patricia Milton of Akron, Ohio, and Allan-Kyrinis will play Marla Jemsek-Weeks of Bonita Springs, Fla., in the upper bracket.

In the lower bracket, Thompson will face Anna Schultz of Richardson, Texas, and Robin Burke of Houston will play Martha Leach of Hebron, Ky.

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