Lu Garners Final Spot In Match-Play Draw
Pa. – Hsaio-Ching Lu, 16, of Chinese Taipei holed a 3-foot birdie
putt on the second playoff hole, the 164-yard, par-3 11th, on Wednesday
morning to survive an 11-for-1 playoff for the final spot in the
match-play draw at the 104th U.S. Women's Amateur being held at
the 6,365-yard, par-72 Kahkwa Club.
|Hsaio-Ching Lu, left, of Chinese Taipei is
congratulated by fellow countrywoman Fiona Chung after surviving
the 11-for-1 playoff. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)
used a 5-iron for her tee shot and the ball came close to bouncing
into the hole for an ace before settling just three feet from the
flagstick. At the par-4 10 th hole, Lu nearly was eliminated from
the playoff when her 2-foot par putt circled the hole before dropping.
has had success in previous USGA competitions. She advanced to the
semifinals at the U.S. Girls' Junior two weeks ago, defeating 2002
U.S. Girls' Junior champion In-Bee
in a 22-hole thriller in the
second round. She was a quarterfinalist at the 2003 Girls' Junior.
will face medalist Amie Cochran,
18, of Torrance,
in the first round. The match was scheduled to begin at 9:30
joins fellow countrywomen Ya-Ni Tseng and Kwan-Chih Lu (no relation)
in the match-play draw. Tseng, 15, won this year's U.S. Women's
Amateur Public Links title, defeating 14-year-old phenom Michelle
Wie in the 36-hole final, 1 up. Tseng also made match play at last
year's U.S. Women's Amateur, losing to 2004 USA Curtis Cupper Paula
Creamer, 1 up. Kwan-Chih Lu, 19, advanced to the third round of
match play at the 2003 Women's Amateur, losing to 2002 Women's Amateur
champion Becky Lucidi.
three could be representing Chinese Taipei at the Women's World
Amateur Team Championship this October in Puerto
of the 11 players advanced past the first playoff hole by making
par. Local favorite Becky Berzonski
was eliminated at the first hole when she missed a 4-foot par putt.
also failed to advance to
the second hole.
Temple of Berkeley, Calif., had the best birdie opportunity at the
first playoff hole, but she missed a 10-footer to the left. Temple
also had an excellent birdie
chance at the second playoff hole as well, but she couldn't convert
from 15 feet. Temple
and Sin Ham
made par at the second hole,
with Kasi Lee,
the golf coach at the University
and 2000 U.S. Girls' Junior
champion Lisa Ferrero
is a USGA staff writer.
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