Aug. 9, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Mollie Fankhauser (Dublin, Ohio) and former Buckeye Lisa Strom (North Wales, Pa.) each earned a berth in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship after recording top-20 finishes in stroke-play qualifying Tuesday at the par-71 Waverly Country Club in Portland, Ore.

Fankhauser and Strom each fired a 36-hole score of 149 (+7), finishing in a tie for 20th place in the field, which featured 146 of the top amateur golfers from around the world. Fankhauser fired rounds of 74 and 75, while Strom shot a 72 and 77. The top 64 golfers after stroke play advanced to the match play portion of the tournament.

Both will compete in the first round of match play today. Fankhauser will battle Christina Kim of San Jose, Calif., at 8:10 a.m. PT, while Strom takes on former Duke star Beth Bauer at 9:30 a.m. PT. The winners return for the second round later in the day.