Aug. 11, 2005
PINEHURST, N.C. - Former Lamar women's golfer Casey Cain won both matches on Thursday to advance to today's quarterfinals of the 103rd North and South Women's Amateur at historic Pinehurst No. 2 Golf Club.
Cain, a four-year letterwinner and three-time first-team all-Southland Conference performer, defeated Karen Lotta of Los Angeles, Calif. 4 and 3 in the second round Thursday morning. Cain got off to a quick start, taking a 4-up lead after the first five holes. She made the turn at 2-under par for her round on the par-73, 6,472-yard course. Her round included five birdies despite hitting just three fairways.
A native of Lumberton, Cain defeated Elizabeth Dotson of White Bluff, Tenn. 1-up in the third round Thursday afternoon. Cain held a 2-up lead entering the 16th hole, but Dotson closed the gap on the hole to pull within 1-up. The two golfers tied the 17th and 18th holes to give Cain the 1-up win.
"I love the match play format," said Cain, who had never advanced to the round of match play in an amateur event. "It's more competitive and puts more pressure on you, which I like. It doesn't matter what your score is as long as you're one better than your opponent.
"I'm still struggling to put drives in the fairway, but my putting continues to be solid. I just need to keep getting off to a good start and hopefully my driving will come around."
Cain, who is the No. 33-seed after posting 153 in two rounds of stroke play, will face Ya-Ni Tseng of Laguna Hills, Calif., who is the No. 6-seed after carding a 36-hole score of 144 in stroke play, today at 8:30 a.m. in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are slated for Saturday morning and the 36-hole championship will be Sunday.