LEWISTON — If Meghan Stasi is going to add to her already impressive amateur golf resume, she’ll have to come from behind to do it.
Stasi finds herself seven shots behind leader Casie Cathrea in the first-ever Women’s Porter Cup, and was unable to make up any ground Thursday. That’s because rain forced the cancellation of the second round.
“Unfortunately, we had to cancel today,” said tournament director Brian Oakley. “It’s unplayable.”
The tournament has been reduced from 54 to 36 holes, with the final round beginning at 8 a.m. today. Players will go off in threesomes, with Cathrea (65) joined in the final group by Krista Puisite (68) and Prima Thammaraks (69) at 10 a.m.
Stasi, who carded an opening-round 72 Wednesday, is one of the few golfers to have ever won the same U.S. Golf Association event four times. She did that last October by winning her fourth U.S. Mid-Amateur championship in the past seven years.
The first of those came in 2006, while she was the coach at Ole Miss. Stasi repeated in 2007.
That much raises the question: Why not try to make a go of it as professional?
She did that in 2008. She missed qualifying for the LPGA Tour by four shots, and instead of taking another crack at it, decided to defend her Mid-Amateur (for players 25 years and older) title.
“I gave it one shot and didn’t make it. I’ve had success on the amateur side and just decided to stay amateur,” the 34-year-old said. “I love it on the amateur side. I get to play in tournaments I really want to play in and places I really want to go and see.”
That includes Lewiston this week for the inaugural Women’s Porter Cup.
“It was a difficult week,” she said. “There were about four different tournaments going on, so it wasn’t an easy decision, but then again, it was because it’s the first one,” she said. “It’s such a prestigious event on the men’s side and I wanted to experience the first one. It actually is an honor. I’ve only heard unbelievable things about how involved the members are, and that’s so important to an amateur tournament.”
Stasi, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., works at the restaurant owned by her husband. That has given her the opportunity to continue playing enough to maintain a high level. In 2008, she represented the U.S. on the Curtis Cup team.
Last year, she traveled to Australia to play in three events, along with her usual schedule in her home state. With inclement weather also plaguing South Florida lately, she hasn’t played as much this season coming into this week.
“We’ve had a couple tournaments canceled because of the weather, so it’s been a slower start for me,” she said. “I’m just trying to get out and play as much as I can.”
Stasi started playing golf as an 8-year-old in New Jersey, where she had an indirect connection to Buffalo. Stasi’s best friends as a child were the daughters of Lackawanna native Ron Jaworski.
She played high school golf on the boys team, and earned a full scholarship to Tulane, where she was an all-conference selection three times.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my career,” she said.