Lucidi's School-Record-Tying 65 Propels Women's Golf Into Lead After First Round Of Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 7, 2002

Tacoma, Wash. - Senior Becky Lucidi, the defending U.S. Amateur Champion, shot 65 on Mondayto grab the first round lead at Washington's Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitationalat the Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

Lucidi's score helped the No. 14 Trojans take a four-stroke lead over host Washington on the par-73 course. USC finished the first day of play at even par 292 while the Huskies shot 296. California is third at 299 and BYU and Pepperdine are tied for fourth at 8-over 300.

Lucidi's score broke the course record by one stroke and tied Jennifer Rosales for the USC all-time low round.

Lucidi, who won the long drive championship at last year's NCAA Championshipsat Washington National Golf Club, posted birdies on holes four, five andnine to make the turn at 3-under 33. She birdied holes 12 through 14 and 17and 18 on the back nine to finish at 8-under. Lucidi did not have a bogeyduring her round.

She needed just 25 putts during her round. Lucidi hit every fairway withher drives and made the green in regulation on all but two holes.

'I put the ball in close today and that was the difference,' Lucidi said. 'Ifelt I had the right line all day when putting. I made a few early and thatreally gave me a lot of confidence.'

Lucidi quickly put aside her strong showing.

'Our goal coming up here was to win as a team and that's what we want toaccomplish,' she said. 'We came here with basically a new team from a yearago. We have two freshman and a junior college transfer playing thisweekend, so we're excited to see what we can do. I really like the chemistryof this group.'

Lucidi was 71st in her first tournament this year, shooting 240 at the FallPreview at Purdue. She tied for 31st at the 2002 NCAA Championships.

'Tomorrow I just want to keep my focus the same, fairways and greens,' saidthe San Diego native. 'I'm not going to get ahead of myself. There's stilltwo days of golf left and there are some really good players in thistournament.'

Pepperdine's Katherine Hull, Oregon's Therese Wenslow and Oregon State'sLeah Whiting are tied for second at 2-under 71. Washington's PaigeMackenzie and UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas carded opening rounds of 1-under 72.

Also for USC, senior Mikaela Parmlid and freshman Tanya Dergal each shot 74 (tied for 11th), freshman Irene Cho shot 79 (tied for 36th) and junior Rachel Bell shot 83 (tied for 53rd).

The second round gets underway on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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