Christina Proteau’s run at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur was remarkable for many reasons, not only because each of her first three matches at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind., took 19 holes to complete.
The 31-year-old, who has her husband Jim on the bag, just played 76 holes in three days while six months pregnant with the couple's first child.
“I’m pretty sure no one had any expectations for me this week other than myself,” Proteau told the USGA after winning her third-round match and playing her 57th hole in two days. “But I have my own, and that got me through today.”
Even her fourth and final match today, which she eventually lost to four-time Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi, was decided on the 19th hole after Proteau birdied the par-3 18th to pull all-square.
Proteau, who lives in Port Alberni, British Columbia, is coming off a busy but successful summer, winning her fourth British Columbia Women’s Mid-Amateur title and her fifth Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur title.
She is used to pressure-packed competition, both on and off the golf course. Currently a prosecutor for the British Columbia ministry of justice, Proteau played college golf at New Mexico. She graduated in 2005 and was named the NCAA New Mexico Woman of the Year after earning an array of academic and scholar-athlete awards.
Proteau also competed in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, shooting 77-73 to miss the cut at The Broadmoor, a tough layout where only three players finished under par. She is a three-time winner of the British Columbia Women’s Amateur, and reached the Round of 16 at last year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
After the quarterfinal loss, Proteau finally has the chance to rest. But if her past is any indication, she’d rather be playing another 19-hole match.