VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (July 18, 2008) –It took a birdie on the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 for Flat Rock, N.C.-native Blair Lamb to defeat Garrett Phillips at the Women’s North & South Amateur Championship today. Lamb, a rising senior at Furman, won 2-up against Phillips of the U. of Georgia to advance to the semifinal round.
Australian Kristie Smith, daughter of former Tour pro Wayne Smith, defeated Florida's Marika Lendl in today’s quarterfinal round, 3-and-2, and will face Lamb on Saturday morning. Smith was 1-up at the turn in today’s match with a birdie on the ninth hole; won the 10th hole with a par to Lendl’s bogey, and then lost the 13th with a Lendl birdie to go 1-up. Smith closed the match with birdies on the 14th and 15th to Lendl’s pars, closing the match at 3-and-2.
University of Louisville’s Cindy LaCrosse defeated Catherine O’Donnell of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 2-and-1 in the quarterfinals to also advance to the semifinal round. LaCrosse won the ninth hole with a birdie to go to 3-up at the turn. O’Donnell lost the 11th hole with a bogey, won the 13th with a birdie, and then carded a double bogey to LaCrosse’s par on the 14th to set the match at 4-up, LaCrosse. In spite of O’Donnell’s wins on the 15th with par and 16th with birdie to go dormie, she was not able to overcome LaCrosse’s commanding lead, halving the 17th to finish the match 2-and-1.
Georgetown’s Chelsea Curtis continued her playoff winning streak by taking her match against the University of North Carolina’s Sydney Crane to the 19th hole. Crane took an early 3-up lead at the turn, but Curtis rallied with birdies on the 10th and 11th holes to take the match to 1-up, Crane. Crane’s seven-foot par putt would rim and escape the 17th hole to Curtis’ par to put the match at all square. Pars halved the 18th hole, sending the match to its first playoff hole – the fourth playoff round of Curtis’ week. Crane missed her par putt on the 1st hole of No. 2 to close the match.
Semifinal rounds begin at 7:30am Saturday with Lamb and Smith on No. 2, followed by LaCrosse and Curtis at 7:38am to determine Sunday’s 36-hole final.