The “First Lady of Missouri Golf” added to her trophy collection on Thursday, winning the 55th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Wellesley Country Club in Wellesley, Mass.
Her victory in the 18-hole final marks the seventh USGA championship for Ellen Fuson Port, 55, who attended North Kansas City High and now lives in St. Louis.
The only golfers who have won more USGA titles are Bob Jones (9), Tiger Woods (9), Jack Nicklaus (8) and JoAnne Gunderson Carner (8).
Port’s latest triumph came when she defeated Andrea Kraus 3 and 2 in the final round at Wellesley, a par-74, 6,049-yard Donald Ross layout.
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“Fantastic,” Port told the USGA’s David Shefter afterward. “It’s always great to win a USGA championship. You work so hard to get here, and it’s just so special when you can finish it off.”
Port, a 2012 inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur 17 times and the U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur 22 times. She also won U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur titles in 2012 and 2013 and has four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles to her credit (1995, 1996, 2000 and 2011).
Anne Sander and Carol Semple Thompson also won seven USGA titles during their careers.
“It’s mind-boggling,” said Port, the head women’s golf coach at Washington University in St. Louis. “I’m definitely not in that league. (Anne and Carol) are both good friends of mine. Carol drummed me the first time I played in an (amateur) event. She beat me 6 and 5 at the (Women’s) Western. She was a legend and we sat down and had lunch. I’ve learned a lot from her and respect her.
“It’s just a real honor.”
Kraus, this year’s runner-up, called Port “amazing.”
“She’s a lovely human being, and I give her incredible kudos,” Kraus said. “She’s got a family, she does it all.”