Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Stroke-play medalist Julia Potter and defending champion Meghan Stasi were both winners on Monday to advance to the second round of match play at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship before play was suspended for darkness.
There were just two matches left on the course when play was halted, with Mercedes Huarte and Meredith Chiampa all square through 17 holes and 2004 champion Corey Weworski holding a 2-up advantage over Suzi Spotleson through 16 holes.
Those two matches will resume at 9:15 a.m., while the second round will begin as scheduled at 8:15 a.m.
Potter bounced back from a slow start to earn a 2-up decision over Stacy Dennis. Stasi never trailed during her steady 5 & 4 win over Julie Streng at Biltmore Forest Country Club.
Potter's early struggles started with a bogey at the first, and Dennis was later able to stretch her lead to 3-up with consecutive birdies at the fifth and sixth.
The two would split the next six holes before Potter began to race back, starting with a birdie at the 13th.
That would begin a streak of four straight holes won for the Indiana native, who rolled in birdies at the 14th and 16th around a par at the 15th to grab a 1-up advantage with two holes to play.
After the duo bogeyed the 17th to halve the hole, Potter sealed the comeback win with a par at the last. Dennis had won a 6-for-1 playoff on Monday morning to advance to the match play portion of the tournament.
Stasi, who won this event for the fourth time last year, halved her first four holes with Streng before taking control of the match with four straight pars from the fifth, earning her a 4-up advantage.
Streng got back to 3-down with a hole-in-one at the ninth, but that would be the only hole she would win on the day and Stasi birdied the 11th and 14th to advance to the round of 32.
There was just one completed match that went extra holes on Monday, as Caryn Wilson needed 19 holes to get past Pamela Kuong.
Also among those to advance to the round of 32 were 2009 winner Martha Leach, who moved on with a 1-up victory over Sue Wooster.