Euphoric Lucidi Wins 102nd U.S. Women’s Amateur

Scarborough, N.Y. – After watching her ball fade into the 16th hole to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Saturday, 3 and 2 over Brandi Jackson, Becky Lucidi wasn’t sure what to do.  

A Look At The Semifinalists

Lindsey Wright, 22, of Australia is playing in her second Women’s Amateur. In 2001, she made it to the round of 16. Born in England, Wright lived in Australia for nine years prior to moving to the United States in 2000. She qualified for the Australian Open in 1998, and finished as the Leading Amateur. In 2000, Wright finished in sixth place at the World Cup. She will be a senior at Pepperdine in the fall.  

Actor Bill Murray Takes On Role Of Caddie

Scarborough, N.Y. – Talk about going from one extreme to the other. One day removed from having 9-year-old Drew Kilman carry her bag, Kailin Downs ran into a surprise guest looper on Tuesday. Plodding toward the 10th tee, the first hole of Downs’ round, was a mystery figure emerging from the sun’s shadows hidden by a beige bucket hat and sunglasses.  

Pairings and Tee Times for Monday & Tuesday

2002 United States Women's Amateur Championship

August 12 - 17, 2002
Sleepy Hollow Country Club
Scarborough, New York

PAR AND YARDAGE - The course at Sleepy Hollow Country Club will play at 6,190 yards and par is 35-36-71.

VENUE - Sleepy Hollow Country Club was designed by Charles Blair MacDonald and A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1911.

TICKETS - Admission and parking for all six days of the championship are free of charge.

SCHEDULE - Practice rounds will be conducted on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11. The starting field of approximately 147 players will then play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is below.

  • Monday, Aug. 12 - First round, stroke-play (18 holes).
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Second round, stroke-play (18 holes). After 36 holes, the low 64 scorers advance to match play.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14 - First round, match play (18 holes), Second round, match play (18 holes).
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 - Third round, match play (18 holes). Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes).
  • Friday, Aug. 16 - Semifinals, match play (18 holes).
  • Saturday, Aug. 17 - Final, match play (36 holes).

WHO CAN PLAY? The U.S. Women's Amateur is open to female amateurs who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 5.4. Entries closed June 19th.

ONLINE - Log on to the USGA Internet site at for the latest and most complete U.S. Women's Amateur Championship information.

DEFENDING CHAMPION - Meredith Duncan, who won the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur, will defend her title. Runner-up Nicole Perrot has turned professional and will not play in the 2002 championship.

FOR THE WINNER - The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Cup for the ensuing year. The runner-up receives a silver medal; the other semifinalists receive bronze medals. The champion receives an exemption from sectional qualifying for future U.S. Women's Amateur Championships, if otherwise eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying for 10 years to the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, if otherwise eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next three U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, if otherwise eligible; and an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Women's Open Championships, if still an amateur.

ENTRIES - The United States Golf Association has accepted a record 793 entries for the 2002 championship. The previous record was 768 in 2001.

ON CAMERA - The 102nd U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be televised as follows:

Date Network Broadcast Hours (EDT)

Aug. 15 ESPN 3-5 p.m.

Aug. 16 ESPN 3-5 p.m.

Aug. 17 ESPN 3-5 p.m.

LAST YEAR -- Meredith Duncan, 21, of Shreveport, La., made a two-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole to defeat Nicole Perrot, 17, Santiago, Chile, and win the 101st United States Women's Amateur Championship at the 6,242-yard, par 71 Flint Hills National Golf Club, in Andover, Kan.

It was a match that veteran observers called the greatest final in the history of United States Golf Association championships, a punch and counter-punch contest that inspired cheers from a gallery of some 2,500 spectators.

With the usual match play concessions, and they were few, Duncan and Perrot made ten birdies each. Duncan fired rounds of 65-72 for the 36 holes, and birdied the 37th. Perrot fired rounds of 71-67, and parred the 37th - a par that cost her the U.S. Women's Amateur title one week after she won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

On the strength of eight birdies, Duncan was 4 up after 27 holes. Perrot won the 28th and 29th holes with birdies and reduced Duncan's lead to two holes. Perrot won 31st hole with a par and the margin was one. At the 34th hole, a 402-yard par 4, Perrot rammed in yet another 8-foot putt for a par. Duncan then made of her few mistakes, three-putting from 35 feet, and the match was all square.

Perrot missed the 35th green, but rammed in her putt for par. Duncan's birdie putt from 40 feet was four feet short, but she holed the next one for a matching par.

The two stood on the tee of the 491-yard 36th hole, all square.

Perrot's third shot from 120 yards fell 18 feet short of the hole. Duncan hit her wedge from 117 yards to within five feet.

Perrot made her curling 18-foot uphill putt for a birdie, but Duncan rammed the putt into the hole to match Perrot's birdie.

In sudden death at the 143-yard, par-3 37th hole, Perrot's shot covered the flag, settling some 18 feet past the hole. Duncan gripped down on a 7 iron and ripped a shot that nearly went into the hole.

With the match and the title on the line, both played deliberately. Perrot stroked her putt, but her ball slid by on the left side of the hole. Duncan rapped in her two-footer and leaped into the arms of her father, David, who was her caddie.

"This was the greatest final I have ever seen," said Judy Bell, former USGA president, "including when Tiger Woods beat Steve Scott in 1996." Bell, a two-time Curtis Cup player, has either played in or seen every Women's Amateur since 1957.

ON A ROLL -- Several Women's Amateur champions have recorded three consecutive wins. Beatrix Hoyt, Alexa Stirling, Glenna Collett Vare, Virginia Van Wie, and Juli Simpson Inkster won the Women's Amateur three times consecutively. Genevieve Hecker, Dorothy Campbell, Margaret Curtis, Betty Jameson, Kay Cockerill, and Kelli Kuehne won the championship two times in a row. Glenna Collett Vare won the Women's Amateur title a record six times. JoAnne Gunderson Carner won the championship five times and won an impressive total of eight USGA Championships (five Women's Amateur titles, two U.S. Women's Opens, and one U.S. Girls' Junior).

NEW YORK AND THE USGA - The 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur will be the 60th USGA championship in New York. The state has previously hosted eight Women's Amateur Championships, including the first one in 1895 at Meadow Brook Club, in Jericho and the 1898 championship at Ardsley Club, Ardsley-on-Hudson. The 1900 championship was played at Shinnecock Hills GC, in Southampton, in 1914 at Nassau C.C., in Glen Cove, in 1923 at Westchester-Biltmore C.C., in Rye, in 1927 at Cherry Valley Club, in Garden City, in 1931 at Country Club of Buffalo, in Williamsville, and in 1962 at Country Club of Rochester, in Rochester. The state's 59th USGA championship was the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park June 13-16 in Farmingdale.

SLEEPY HOLLOW AND THE USGA - The U.S. Women's Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

MULTIPLE WINNERS - Glenna Collett Vare won a record six U.S. Women's Amateur Championships (1922, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935). JoAnne Gunderson (Carner) won five times (1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968).

OTHER PROMINENT PAST CHAMPIONS -- Patty Berg, 1938; Betty Jameson, 1939, 1940; Babe Didrickson Zaharias, 1946; Louise Suggs, 1947; Beth Daniel, 1975, 1977; Juli Simpson (Inkster), 1980, 1981, 1982; Pat Hurst, 1990; Kelli Kuehne, 1995, 1996; Grace Park, 1998; Dorothy Delasin, 1999.

CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE, HOLE BY HOLE - Holes 1 through nine: No. 1, 398-yard, par 4; No. 2, 309-yard, par 4; No. 3, 161-yard, par 3; No. 4, 396-yard, par 4; No. 5, 403-yard, par 4; No. 6, 412-yard, par 4; No. 7, 194-yard, par 3, No. 8, 453-yard, par 5; No. 9, 361-yard, par 4; 3,087 yards, par 35.

Holes 10 through 18: No. 10, 139-yard, par 3; No. 11, 371-yard, par 4; No. 12, 404-yard, par 4; No. 13, 303-yard, par 4; No. 14, 381-yard, par 4; No. 15, 511-yard, par 5; No. 16, 152-yard, par 3; No. 17, 449-yard, par 5; No. 18, 393-yard, par 4. 3,103 yards, par 36. Total: 6,190 yards, par 71.

FUTURE WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SITES - The 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur will be conducted at Philadelphia Country Club, Gladwyne, Pa., Aug. 4-9. The 2004 Women's Amateur will be at Kahkwa Club, Erie, Pan., Aug. 9-14.

MEDIA CONTACT - The Media Center for the U.S. Women's Amateur will be in the main clubhouse at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Rhonda Glenn will be the USGA staff member on site. Prior to the championship she can be reached at (561) 964-5151.

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