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Turner Leads Amateur Qualifying

July 23, 2002

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DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ Leigh Turner of Alpharetta, Ga., shot a 5-under-par 67 to lead qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Monday.

Celeste Troche of Paraguay finished second with a 70 on the 72-yard Chapel Hills Golf Club course, followed by Sara Jacobs of White’s Creek, Tenn., (71) and Jessica Lovell of Birmingham, Ala. (72).

The top eight qualifiers advance to the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which is being held at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y., on Aug. 12-17.

Ten others shot 73, leading to a sudden-death playoff for the final four places and four alternate spots.

Also qualifying were Erica Battle of Columbia, S.C., Abbi Francis of Covington, Ga., Brandi Jackson of Belton, S.C., and Erin Doyle of LaGrange, Ga., who secured the final spot with a birdie on the seventh playoff hole _ No. 9, where she sank a 30-foot putt from the lower tier.

The four alternates are Laura McCaslin of Cookeville, Tenn., Perry Swenson of Charlotte, N.C., May Wood of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Sarah Bonner of Kingsport, Tenn.

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