US Womens Am Set to Start


Defending champ Becky Lucidi is set to defend her crown as the 103rd U.S. Womens Amateur gets underway today at Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, Pa.
Lucidi, who last year defeated Brandi Jackson 3 and 2 for the title, goes into the first two days of stroke play up against the likes of teen phenoms Michelle Wie, Aree Song, Erica Blasberg and Paula Creamer.
Morgan Pressel, who was briefly atop the leaderboard at this year's U.S. Women's, withdrew citing family matters.
Out of a record 814 entries given to the U.S. Golf Association, 156 players will start out in Monday's stroke play, then only the top 64 will advance to the match play portion of the event, running from Wednesday's first round to the final match on Sunday.
Designed by William S. Flynn, the 6,368-yard, par-71 layout is ranked 75th on Golfweeks list of Classical Courses. In addition to this weeks event, Philadelphia Country Club also hosted to the Womens Amateur in 1899, the 1939 U.S. Open won by Byron Nelson and the inaugural Girls Junior in 1949.

Par/yardage: 71/6,368
Aug. 4 -' First round, stroke-play (18 holes)
Aug. 5 -' Second round, stroke-play (18 holes)
x-After 36 holes, the low 64 scorers advance to match play.
Aug. 6 -' First round, match play (18 holes)
Aug. 7 -' Second round, match play (18 holes). Third round match play (18 holes)
Aug. 8 -' Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
Aug. 9 -' Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
Aug. 10 '- Final, match play (36 holes)