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Jackson And Lucidi Reach Final

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USGASCARBOROUGH, N.Y. -- Brandi Jackson advanced to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur on Friday, beating Venezuela's Maru Martinez with a birdie on the first extra hole after winning the final three holes of regulation.
 
Jackson, the Belton, S.C., player preparing for her season year at Furman, will face Becky Lucidi of Poway, Calif., on Saturday in the 36-hole final on the Sleepy Hollow Country Club course.
 
Lucidi, who will be a senior at Southern California, beat Australia's Lindsay Wright 3 and 2, closing out the match with a 16-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole.
 
'Today and yesterday, I played the best golf of my life,' Lucidi said. 'Match play comes down to one thing -- heart -- and I know I always give it everything.'
 
After a delay of nearly two hours because of rain and lightning, Jackson beat Martinez with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. Play also was delayed for nearly an hour earlier in the day.
 
Jackson won the final three holes of regulation, going par-birdie-par, to force the playoff.
 
'During the delay, I had time to realize what I did,' Jackson said. 'I had a good feeling that I'd win the playoff.
 
'Getting two birdies on the last four holes will certainly give me momentum for tomorrow. I really feel sorry for my dad [Terry], who is my caddie. I'm sure his nerves are shot by now.'
 
Martinez will be a freshman at Auburn.
 
'I can't believe what happened,' Martinez said. 'Before the tournament started, I never gave any thought to winning it. To get this close and for this to happen. Unbelievable. I think I lost my focus.'