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Feng retains lead; Alex falters, recovers

BEDMINSTER _ Shanshan Feng is not one bit concerned with leaderboards. Feng, of China, like all golfers competing in the U.S. Open over the last few days at Trump National Golf Course, has plenty of opportunities to peek at the standings as she moves from hole to hole. She doesn't, however. Feng, the leader at 207 - 9-under after three rounds -  just keeps driving, chipping and putting, oblivious to the posted scores.  “I just want to know about my score and I don’t care about the others,” she said. “I’m just competing with myself. I’ll focus on my own…

Alex impresses at U.S. Open

BEDMINSTER _ It was an extremely hectic and challenging 16 hours for Marina Alex. Alex, a graduate of Wayne Hills High School, had completed 15 holes when first-round play at the U.S. Women's Open Championship was suspended at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 because of darkness. She had to wait for her car and then make the short drive to where she was staying. After the 10-minute trip back, Alex ate and immediately went to bed. She awoke at 4:30 a.m. then headed back to Trump National Golf Course, where she was scheduled to finish three holes starting at…

Feng's 66 leads U.S. Open

BEDMINSTER _ Shanshan Feng's black and white cow print shorts, pants and outfits are representative of her personality and set her apart from the other golfers on the LPGA Tour. Feng, however, doesn't need to draw attention to herself with her unique choice of clothing. Her finely tuned golf skills make people take notice. Many eyes were on her during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship, which commenced on Thursday, July 13 at Trump National Golf Club. Despite playing in a tournament in China last week and returning to the U.S. on Monday, Feng got off to…

Pequannock primed for state tourney

PARSIPPANY _ Each summer, Pequannock sets its sights on the Little League State Tournament and often breezes through district and section play. In 2015 and 2016, however, Pequannock was denied. A 2-1 victory over Hanover in the Section 1 final on Friday, July 7 vaulted Pequannock back to its desired destination for the first time since 2014. Pequannock opens play in the state tournament tonight, July 13, versus Swedesboro-Woolwich at 6 p.m. at Pucinsky-Ward Field in Wallington. The 8 p.m. game matches defending East Region champion Robbinsville and Wallington. "Our girls are definitely ready to go," Pequannock manager John Banya…

Confident Lang hoping to repeat at U.S. Open

BEDMINSTER _ The fans would like nothing more than for Brittany Lang to be clutching the trophy once again when the 2017 U.S. Women's Open Championship concludes. With nearly every step Lang has taken on the Old Course at Trump National, someone wishes the defending champion well and mentions the prospect of a repeat. "I think on the first tee I will be a little bit nervous but it's been cool," said the 31-year-old Lang. "It's been special walking down the fairways and having people say 'Let's do it again, Brittany.' It's really special. The fans have made me feel…

Morris All-Stars have one last chance to shine

MONTVILLE _ When Montville pitcher Jordan Strickland suffered a severe ankle sprain in the second game of the season, Kristie Monaco was called upon to take over in the circle and didn't object. As it turned out, Strickland never returned and Monaco, an outfielder, kept firing pitches. That's why Mustangs coach John Immediato considered Monaco, a four-year starter, the "backbone of the team." The adaptable and versatile Monaco made her exit from softball on Tuesday, June 13, the date of the Morris County Senior Softball All-Star Game. Monaco, headed to Seton Hall University, will not play in college so the all-star game…