Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Golf

Lakareber Abe advances in U.S. Women's Amateur

GLEN COVE, N.Y. — Lakareber Abe beat qualifying medalist Bethany Wu 6 and 4 on Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur at Nassau Country Club.

The 18-year-old Abe, an Alabama recruit from Angleton, Texas, is trying to become the first black female individual champion in U.S. Golf Association history.

"It was just smooth sailing," said Abe, second last year in the U.S. Girls' Junior. "I didn't get too up or too down. Just kind of steady the whole time."

The 17-year-old Wu, from Diamond Bar, Calif., became the first top seed to fall in the first round since co-medalist Jihee Kim in 2011. "I wasn't hitting it solid," Wu said. "After I lost the third hole, it kind of got in my head. I tried to come back so quickly, and it just didn't work out. Overall, just a terrible day."

Ryder Cup: Steve Stricker became the third and final assistant on U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson's staff. The 47-year-old Stricker played on the last three U.S. teams. He joins Raymond Floyd, 71, and fellow Wisconsin native Andy North, 64.

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