July 23, 2010
PINEHURST, N.C. - Auburn rising senior Cydney Clanton advanced to the championship match of the 108th North & South Women's Amateur at the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course. It marks the second consecutive finals trip for Clanton as she finished as the runner-up a year ago.
"I have definitely hit it better the last two days and putted a lot better the last two days, and seeing putts go in is always a confidence builder," said Clanton. "Just staying in the moment and not trying to think about last year, and being in the finals again this year is just awesome."
Clanton started off her day by downing Emma Lavy, 5 and 3, in the quarterfinal. Clanton won the first three holes of the match and was up by five through 10 holes. Lavy won Nos. 11 and 12, but Clanton rebounded to win two of the next three to seal the win.
The victory over Lavy set her up for a 4 and 3 win over Isabelle Lendl, the daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl, in the semifinals. Lendl won the first hole, but Clanton evened the score on No. 3 and never trailed again. She was up by a hole at the turn and won three of the first five holes on the back nine to set up the victory.
In Saturday's final, Clanton will face a familiar opponent as she will take on Pepperdine's Lisa McCloskey. Clanton and McCloskey faced off last year in a semifinal match at the North & South Championship. Clanton pulled out the 4 and 3 win over McCloskey to advance to the title match.
The 36-hole championship match is set to begin at 7 a.m. CT off the No. 1 tee at Pinehurst No. 2. For more information and live scoring, go to www.Pinehurst.com.