Becky Lucidi Advances To Final Of U.S. Women's Amateur

Aug. 16, 2002

USC senior-to-be Becky Lucidi won her semifinal match, 3-2, over Australian Lindsey Wright on Friday (Aug. 16) to advance to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championships in Scarbourough, New York.

Lucidi will face Brandi Jackson of Belton, S.C., at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 17) in 36 holes.Jackson and Lucidi, winner of the longest drive contest at this year's NCAAs, have never faced one another. Two American-born players will be vying for the title for only the fourth time in the last 10 years.

Lucidi shot a 60 through the 17 holes and 32 through the first nine; Wright had a 64.

The front nine has been kind to Lucidi the past two days. In Thursday's morning match against Elizabeth Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., Lucidi blasted her way to a 30 on the front. Then in the quarterfinal match versus Emily Bastel of Upper Sanduskey, Ohio, Lucidi notched a 32 through the first nine.

She struggled to explain her prowess on the front nine.

'I just like starting,' said Lucidi. 'I am kind of anxious to get out there. I like the way the first nine set up.

'[They're] just more appealing to my eye. A few of them seem like they are more scoreable, [a] little shorter for me.'

Lucidi closed out the match with an exclamation point, draining a 16-footer for eagle. Overall, Lucidi finished with seven birdies, an eagle and two bogeys. Wright had five birdies and two bogeys.

Jill McGill is the only other USC woman to win the Women's Amateur (1993).

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