Julia Potter leads US Women's Mid-Am qualifying

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Julia Potter shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to open a five-stroke lead after the first round of stroke-play qualifying in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

The 25-year-old Potter, from Granger, Ind., had three birdies and a bogey at Biltmore Forest Country Club. She won the 2007 and 2008 Indiana Women's Amateur Championships.

The top 64 after the second round Sunday will advance to match play in the event limited to players 25 and older.

Canada's Christina Proteau was second after a 74. The 30-year-old Proteau is a prosecutor for the British Columbia Ministry of Justice.