Sheridan, Dury Advance to Match-Play at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 11, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Sophia Sheridan and former Golden Bear Claire Dury advanced to the first round of match play at the 105th U.S. Women's Amateur Aug. 1-7 at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga.

Sheridan and Dury were two of the 156 golfers to qualify for this year's championship. Sheridan tied for 10th in 36-hole stroke-play qualifying with a score of one-over 145 (70-75), while Dury tied for 19th at three-over 147 (72-75).

Both athletes were among the 64 athletes to advance to the first round of match-play Aug. 3. Sheridan, a product of Guadalajara, Mexico, lost 1-down to Jane Rah at the 6,341-yard Settindown Creek Course.

Sheridan was two strokes down to Rah on the 15th hole, but she fought back to even the score heading into the 18th hole. She then birdied the 18th before Rah answered with a birdie of her own and won the round with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

This was Sheridan's third appearance at the U.S. Women's Amateur but only the first time that she made the cut after stroke play.

Australia's Alison Whitaker defeated Dury, 1-up, in the round of 64. Dury, from Palmerston North, New Zealand, earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior at Cal in 2004-05.

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