Anna Morales to Compete in U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur

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Austin's Anna Morales has qualified to compete in the U.S. Womens Mid Amateur Championship to be held at the Tom Fazio designed Briggs Ranch in San Antonio on October 6-11.  Morales, who played her college golf at Duke University is orignally from Lima, Peru.   She is the current Women's Club Champion at Austin Country Club and holder of the course record for women.

Morales has qualified for four U.S. Mid Amateur Championships, including last year's tournament in Virginia Beach, where she tied for low qualifier,  Briggs Ranch in San Antonio for 2012, and she was the low qualifier at the Houston site for the 2003 Mid Amateur.  She has 7 holes in one.   Her past teachers include George Bayer and Jay Overton.  She has also been influenced by Barbara Puett and Dale Morgan. Her current golf instructor is Chuck Cook. 

Morales was born in Lima, Peru and started playing golf at the Detroit Golf Club at age 8 when her family moved to the states.  She returned to Peru as a teenager and played in eight South American Cups as a member of the Peruvian National Team.  She was ranked as the #1 junior in Peru and #5 junior in South America at the time.

She returned to the United States to attend college and played golf for Duke University from 1987 – 1990.  She pursued a triple major in Russian, International Studies and Anthropology and graduated from Duke with Cum Laude honors.

After college, she and her college sweetheart Tom Rhodes, now her husband of 19 years, moved to Los Angeles where she worked in international sales for First Look Pictures from 1991 – 1997.  She played on the Futures Tour 1997-1999 and her career low round is 68 at LPGA qualifier.

Tom and Anna moved to Austin in 1999 and joined Austin Country Club.  They are the proud parents of Nicholas and William, ages 7 and 11.  They were the founders and owners of Fairways Women's Golf Boutique in1999 until it was sold in 2005. 

Read the Texas Golf Association write up about Texans participating in the U.S. Womens Mid-Am at this link and follow the tournament action on the USGA tournament website at this link.

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