ASU's Osborn Helps America Defeat China in Inaugural USA China Friendship Cup

July 29, 2006

BEAUMONT, Calif. - Arizona State rising sophomore Jennifer Osborn helped lead America to a victory on Saturday at the inaugural USA China Friendship Cup at the Oak Valley Golf Club. America defeated China 25.5 - 10.5.

Osborn was one of 12 collegiate golfers - eight men and four women - who were selected to compete for the American team. All 12 golfers are coming off their freshman year of competition.

During the three-day event Osborn competed in two singles matches and two matches of four-ball competition.

In the four-ball format, which was used in the first and third rounds, Osborn and her partner, Kristi Piepenbrink from the University of Indianapolis, split their two matches. In the first round they defeated Lie Wei and Zhou Xiaoxuan before falling to Huang Ping and Yang Taoli in the third round.

In singles competition (rounds two and four), Osborn also had split outcomes. Osborn dropped her match to Yang Taoli in the second round, however would rebound on Saturday to defeat Huang Ping in the final match of the competition.

Osborn finished in the top 10 five times for the Sun Devils in 2005-06, including a first-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and a second-place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. A Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, Osborn also recorded a 12th-place finish at the NCAA East Regional.

The bi-annual Friendship Cup will be held in Beijing in the summer of 2008 just prior to the beginning of the Summer Olympics, and will return to the USA in 2010.

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