Irene Cho And Becky Lucidi Advance To Second Round Of Match Play At U.S. Women's Amateur

Aug. 7, 2003

Philadelphia, Penn. - Graduated senior Becky Lucidi shot 147 and rising sophomore Irene Cho shot 146 over the last couple days as both Women of Troy golfers qualified for the 64-woman match play field at the 103rd U.S. Women's Amateur held at the Philadelphia Country Club in Philadelphia.

Lucidi, who last year became the second Trojan to win the prestigious tournament, was paired with Ashley Rollins of Austin, Tex., in the first round of match play on Thursday. Cho was paired with Laura Shanahan-Rowe of Bedford, NH.

Lucidi defeated Rollins 5 and 3, while Cho beat Shanahan-Rowe 4 and 3.

However, the second round of match play saw Cho fall to Aimee Cho of Orlando, Fla., 2 and 1, while Lucidi was down 3 up to Hsiao-Ching Lu of Taipei 3 up after the eighth hole.

Match play is a competition played by holes rather than total strokes for the round. In USGA amateur Championships, two opponents play against each other and while there may be other players on the course, each group is its own match and has nothing to do with the rest of the field. The winners of each match keep advancing until there is only one player left. With 64 players, this occurs after 6 matches.

Both Cho and Lucidi were instrumental in leading the Women of Troy to their first-ever NCAA team championship this past May.

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