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Thompson sets record, moves into quarters

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Carol Semple Thompson broke, then extended a USGA record Tuesday in advancing to the quarterfinals of the Senior Women's Amateur at Mid-Pines Inn and Golf Club.

Thompson, the three-time defending champion and this year's medalist, has won a record 21 consecutive matches in one USGA event. The 53-year-old from Sewickley, Pa., beat Patty Lang, of Saegertown, Pa., 2 and 1 in the second round for her 20th consecutive win, breaking the record she shared for a day with Alexa Stirling and Glenna Collett Vare, who both set their marks in the Women's Amateur.

Stirling won three consecutive titles in 1916 and 1919-20, while Vare won three in a row from 1928-30.

In the third round, two-time champion Marlene Streit, 68, of Canada took Thompson to the 18th hole but lost 2 down.

"I'm sort of thinking about my game more than setting any records," Thompson said.

Streit cut the deficit to 1 down with a 20-foot birdie on 15. Thompson missed putts in the 5-foot range on the next two holes, but won the match when Streit, who won in 1985 and 1994, conceded after three-putting 18.

"Marlene is always a tough competitor," Thompson. "It's nice to get to the quarterfinal. It makes the trip worthwhile at the very least."

In Wednesday's quarterfinals Thompson faces 1997 champion Nancy Fitzgerald, of Carmel, Ind., who beat Alice Harcourt, of Fallbrook, Calif., 3 and 2 in the third round.

In other third-round matches, Anne Carr, of Renton, Wash., last year's runnerup, beat Marianne Towersey, of Newport Beach, Calif., 2 and 1, and Barbara Berkmeyer, of St. Louis, beat Tish Preuss, of Colorado Springs, Colo., in 20 holes after losing a 4-up lead over the last six holes.

The semifinals and final are Thursday.

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