Aug. 4, 2006
(Riverview, New Brunswick) - University of San Francisco junior Jessica Potter (Coquitlam, B.C., Canada) emerged victorious after a one hole playoff at the Royale Cup National Canadian Amateur Championship held at Moncton Golf and Country Club today. Potter fired a final round 73 to hold off the late charging Veronique Drouin of Quebec. Drouin's two-under 69 matched Potter's 72-hole total of 4 over 288 (73, 71, 71, 73).
Sudden death playoff was short lived with the Coquitlam, B.C. native finishing off a short putt to seal the victory. Playoffs are nothing new to Potter as she went 1-1 in extra holes this spring for USF, the win coming at The University of Oregon Duck Invitational.
"It was a calming feeling in the playoff, knowing I had been in that situation before," Potter said. "I just tried to execute each shot one at a time and I tried not to be too attached to winning or losing."
Potter celebrated her 20th birthday in style Thursday firing an even-par 71 during third round action. The 71 gave her a one stroke advantage going into today's final round. The win will give Potter an exemption into the 2007 CN Canadian Women's Open, a regular stop on the LPGA Tour, to be held at Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alberta. The tournament will be held August 13-19. The win will also likely earn her a birth on the Canadian National Amateur Team.
"It was great to give myself such an exciting birthday present," Potter said. "It is all just starting to sink in and I am already excited to play in next year's Canadian Open. I have also been eyeing a spot on the National Team for a long time. It has been an amazing week."
Past winners of the Canadian Women's Amateur Championship include LPGA Tour winners Dawn Coe-Jones and A.J. Eathorne.
"I was a little overwhelmed at the awards ceremony when I saw the names of the pastchampions on the trophy. It will be very special to have my name beside theirs," Potter remarked.
Potter enjoyed an outstanding spring season for the Dons in 2006 as a sophomore, posting four top-five finishes during the spring capped by qualifying for the 2006 NCAA Regional as an individual.
USF Women's Golf Coach, Josh Cupp, was fortunate enough to receive a call from Potter not long after the trophy presentation.
"I absolutely could not be more proud of Jess," Cupp said. "She has worked so hard on all aspects of her game. I could almost hear the smile on her face over the phone and I was thrilled that she thought to call me on such an amazing day for her. I truly think this is just the tip of the iceberg for Jess and it is fun to see her begin to realize how good she actually is."
USF women's golf opens the 2006-07 season September 11th at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico.
2006 ROYALE CUP NATIONAL CANADIAN AMATEURFINAL STANDINGS1 Jessica Potter, Coquitlam, BC 73-71-71-73--2882 Véronique Drouin, Sts-Anges, QC 74-75-70-69--2883 Karly Pinder, Exeter, ON 73-78-69-73--2934 Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, QC 73-71-80-70--2945 Lisa Maunu, St.Thomas, ON 74-73-74-74--295T6 Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown, ON 76-76-73-71--296T6 Kira Meixner, Delta, BC 75-77-73-71--296T6 Meaghan LeBlanc, Calgary, AB 73-74-75-74--2969 Laura Matthews, Essex, ON 75-74-75-73--29710 Christina Spence, Cobble Hill, BC 72-73-71-82--298T11 Anita Gahir, Thornhill, ON 77-76-74-73--300T11 Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie, ON 75-75-76-74--30013 Sue Kim, Langley, BC 77-80-73-73--303T14 Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, QC 79-78-75-72--304T14 Sara-Maude Juneau, Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, QC 76-77-78-73--304T14 Christina Yoon, Etobicoke, ON 74-75-76-79--30417 Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC 79-76-78-72--30518 Kyla Inaba, Kelowna, BC 70-72-84-80--306T19 Isabelle Gendreau, St-Georges, QC 84-75-75-73--307T19 Jessica Luciuk, Barrhead, AB 80-81-73-73--307T19 Caroline Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC 74-83-74-76--307T19 MariePierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, QC 73-80-77-77--307T19 Bari Erais, Lethbridge, AB 75-75-78-79--307T24 Marie-Therese Torti, Candiac, QC 78-75-81-74--308T24 Susan Choi, Natick, MA 79-76-78-75--308T24 Charlotte McGinnis, Edmonton, AB 79-79-74-76--308T24 Christine Ryckman, Unionville, ON 78-76-77-77--308T24 Stephanie Simich, Mississauga, ON 76-75-78-79--308T29 Ashley Davis, Toronto, ON 80-73-79-77--309T29 Judy Dotten, New Liskeard, ON 77-76-78-78--309T29 Brittany Henderson, Smith Falls, ON 77-77-77-78--309T29 Lindsay Knowlton, Toronto, ON 72-79-77-81--30933 Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB 76-76-80-78--310T34 Nicole Foy, Little Brook, NS 78-77-78-78--311T34 Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON 80-77-76-78--311T34 Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB 77-77-77-80--311T37 Erica Rivard, Tecumseh, ON 75-77-83-77--312T37 Elizabeth Reid, Calgary, AB 81-78-76-77--312T37 Danielle Mills, Pointe-Claire, QC 77-80-77-78--312T37 Inah Park, Burnaby, BC 78-79-73-82--312T41 Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC 81-77-78-77--313T41 Marjorie Thuot, Joliette, QC 83-74-79-77--313T41 Andrea Kosa, Calgary, AB 77-80-78-78--313T41 Kirby Dreher, Fort St. John, BC 78-79-78-78--313T45 Gabrielle Cyr, St-Jerome, QC 79-79-75-81--314T45 Jade Polonich, Edmonton, AB 78-75-78-83--31447 Melissa Mabanta, Langley, BC 78-77-80-80--31548 Ashley Olynick, Saskatoon, SK 75-82-77-83--317T49 Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB 79-78-77-84--318