Becky Lucidi Named To U.S. World Amateur Team

Aug. 20, 2002

Far Hills, N.J. - The Women's Committee of the United States Golf Association has named USC's Becky Lucidi of Poway Calif., Emily Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and Mollie Fankhauser of Dublin, Ohio, to the 2002 USA Women's World Amateur Team.

Player selections were based upon performances since the 2000 Women's World Amateur Team Championship.

Lucidi, 21, won the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on August 17, when she defeated Jackson in the final, 3 and 2. Lucidi will be a senior at USC.

Bastel, 21, a member of the 2002 USA Curtis Cup team, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 Women's Amateur, and was a semifinalist in the 2001 Women's Amateur, where she lost to the eventual champion, Meredith Duncan. She will be a senior at Michigan State.

Fankhauser, 21, a junior at Ohio State, was also a member of the 2002 USA Curtis Cup team. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 Women's Amateur and to the semifinals of the 2001 Women's Western Amateur, losing to Duncan, the eventual champion. Duncan previously announced her intent to turn professional.

Thirty-eight teams from around the world have thus far entered the Women's World Amateur Team Championship, which will be played Oct. 16-19 at Saujana Golf & Country Club, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 40 teams are expected to compete.

The title is determined by four days of stroke play. A country may field a team of two or three players. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the team's score for the championship.

The competition has been played every two years since 1964 for the Espirito Santo Trophy. France won the 2000 championship in Bad Saarow, Germany. The USA tied for 17th. The USA last won in 1998 and has won the trophy a record 13 times since 1966.

The Women's World Amateur Team Championship is conducted by the World Amateur Golf Council, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 100 countries. It is played in conjunction with the World Amateur Team Championship for men, which will be played on the same courses Oct. 24-27.

The championship is rotated biennially among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, American, and European-African. The 2002 competition is hosted by the Malaysian Golf Association.

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