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.