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    Zhang's U.S. Women's Amateur Run Comes to Close in Semifinals



    Aug. 11, 2012

    CLEVELAND -- Northwestern sophomore Nicole Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) made a second-straight comeback attempt at the 112th United States Women's Amateur Championship Saturday at The Country Club before falling 2-up in the semifinal round to Jaye Marie Green.

    Zhang concludes a phenomenal run through the tournament, first qualifying for the match play portion with a 17th-place total of even-par 144 (73-71) during stroke play competition. She then advanced with emphatic wins of 6 and 5 in the round of 64 and 4 and 3 in the round of 32. Zhang continued with a 1-up victory to reach the quarterfinals, where she erased a 2-down deficit to advance to today's semis, 2 and 1.

    Zhang's performance is the best for a Northwestern golfer -- male or female - at a U.S. Amateur Championship since Dillon Dougherty finished second in the 2005 men's event. Zhang also equaled current World No. 1 Luke Donald's best U.S. Amateur finish with her semifinal berth.

    Zhang fell behind her Boca Raton, Fla., native opponent immediately Saturday after carding a bogey at the first hole, but quickly squared things with a birdie on the 314-yard par-4 third hole. Green countered with a birdie of her own at No. 4 to take the lead back before growing her edge over the Wildcat to 3-up with birdies at Nos. 8 and 11.



    After coming from 2-down to win her quarterfinal match Friday, Zhang again showed the trademark fight that is a Northwestern golf calling card. She followed Green's birdie at the par-3 11th with one of her own at the 552-yard par-5 12th to get back to 2-down. Another birdie at the par-5 16th made Zhang's deficit just a single hole, but Green made birdie on 18 to shut the door in a 2-up win.

    Zhang and her Northwestern teammates begin the 2012-13 season Sept. 17-18 at the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. NU then returns home to host its annual fall tournament, the Windy City Classic, Oct. 1-2 at the Glen View Golf Club in Golf, Ill.


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