Defending champ Hardin moves into quarters

Defending champion Mina Hardin won two matches Tuesday to

advance to the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals.

Hardin, of Fort Worth, Texas, defeated Denise Desilet of

Wichita, Kan., 4 and 2, in the morning, then cruised past Brenda

Pictor of Marietta, Ga., 5 and 4.

Fellow Texan and former champion Anna Schultz of Rockwall also

moved on. Schultz, who won in 2007, defeated Alexandra Frazier of

Haverford, Pa., 5 and 4, then played a terrific approach shot to 18

to top Leigh Klasse, 51, of St. Anthony, Minn., 1 up in the


Hardin next plays Susan Rheney, 52, of Greensboro, Ga., and

Schultz’s next match is against 64-year-old Nancy Smith, the oldest

of the quarterfinalists.

Medalist Lisa Schlesinger was among the other winners.