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.
Maru Martinez, 18, of Maracaibo, Venezuela, is playing in her first USGA event. She has won The South American Championship in Bolivia in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. She won the Eddie Burke Young Houstonian Championship in 2002 and the Doral Publix Championship in 2000. Her first hole-in-one was at the 2000 British Junior Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, and she was the runner-up at that event. Her hobbies include listening to music and playing sports other than golf. She will be a freshman at Auburn University in the fall.
Becky Lucidi, 21, of Poway, Calif., is playing in her first Women’s Amateur. She won the 2002 San Diego City Amateur, and was a runner-up of that event in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Lucidi was a 2002 All-American at the University of Southern California and made first team All-Pac10. From 1999 through 2000, she was a second-team All-American. She finished in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Amateur Public Links in 2000. She scored her first hole-in-one at the Junior America’s Cup at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno, Calif. Her hobbies include “Where’s Waldo” and paint-by-numbers. She will be a fifth-year senior at USC in the fall.
Brandi Jackson, 21, of Belton, S.C., is playing in her first Women’s Amateur. She has played in two Girl’s Junior Championships and in 1998 she made it to the top 32 of that event at Merion Country Club in Pa. She finished first in the South Conference Women’s Championship, which she cites as her most memorable golf moment. She was down three holes with four holes to play and subsequently birdied 15, 16, and 17, then won on the 19th hole. She has made All-Conference at Furman University in 2001 and 2002, and was her team’s Most Valuable Player in those same years. Her first hole-in-one was at the Bryan Park Collegiate Golf Tournament in Bryan Park, N.C., in 1998. Jackson will be a senior at Furman in the fall.