Port, Cohn reach women’s final

Defending champion Ellen Port and Susan Cohn each won two matches Wednesday at CordeValle to advance to the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur final.

The 52-year-old Port, from St. Louis, beat Marilyn Hardy of Houston 6 and 4 in the morning quarterfinals and topped Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Fla., 4 and 3 in the semifinals.

The 50-year-old Cohn, from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., edged Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., in 20 holes in the quarterfinals and beat Caryn Wilson of Rancho Mirage, Calif., 4 and 3 in the semifinals.

”Unbelievable,” said Port, a high school teacher and golf coach. ”Sometimes you just keep putting one foot in front of the other and then you wake up and `Oh my gosh, and then there were two.”’

Port, the 2014 US Curtis Cup captain, is seeking her sixth US Golf Association title. She won the US Women’s Mid-Amateur four times.

”Each match has its own flavor and its own dynamic,” Port said. ”Sometimes it’s pretty. Sometimes, it’s ugly and sometimes, it’s a birdie-fest. So, I am going to take whatever I have and do what I have been doing.”

Cohn is playing her first USGA event since the 1992 US Women’s Mid-Amateur.

”It’s been an amazing experience,” said Cohn, a 10-time Palm Beach County Amateur winner. ”To play in a USGA event is a privilege. To play well is the icing on the cake.”