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Wright Advances In U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament

Aug. 1, 2001

Former Florida State University golfer Louise Wright is one of 64 golfers who begins match play Wednesday at the 101st U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Flint Hills National Golf Club. Wright wrapped up stroke play Tuesday with a second round four-over par 75 on the 6,224-yard, par 71 course. The top 64 scores qualified for match play, the cut was set at 156. Wright easily made the cut as she carded a two-day total of 152.

Wright faces Malinda Johnson of Eau Claire, Wisc., as match play begins Wednesday. The winner of that match advances to the second match play round which will also be played Wednesday. The third and quarterfinal rounds are set for Thursday with the semifinals scheduled for Friday and the championship round Saturday.

Wright finished tied for 36th during stroke play at 10-over 152. Johnson shot a 74 on Tuesday to finish at 149. Two Southeastern Conference golfers tied for medalist honors after two rounds of stroke play. Celeste Troche, a junior at Auburn, shot a 74 to go with her 69 Monday. Tying her at 143 was Meredith Duncan, a senior at Louisiana State, who shot a 73 Tuesday after Monday’s 1-under round of 70. Troche, 20, of Paraguay, said she kept her game simple under the windy, humid conditions.

Wright was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior in 2001 as she enjoyed her finest collegiate season. She earned an individual national ranking as high as 75th in Division I and led the Seminoles with a 76.21 stroke average during the 2000-01 season (both fall and spring averages combined). During her four-year career at Florida State, she participated in two NCAA Regional Tournaments (1999 and 2001) and one NCAA Championship (1999).

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