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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…

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…

Kim edges out Nordqvist at ShopRite Classic

GALLOWAY _ It took a fall down the stairs for South Korea's In-Kyung Kim to rise to the top of the leaderboard and notch her fifth victory on the LPGA Tour. In the offseason, several months after winning the Reignwood Classic last September, Kim fell and bruised her tailbone. The injury caused her to sit out several months. She returned to the tour only two and a half months ago. On Sunday, June 4, Kim fired a 69 in the third and final round of the ShopRite Classic on the Bay Course at the Seaview Hotel and Golf Club and prevailed by two shots over…

Chung settling in on LPGA Tour

GALLOWAY _ Karen Chung began her day with "a little tap," stringing together three shots for a birdie before 8 a.m. Chung, playing in her first ShopRite LPGA Classic, rose early for her tee time on Saturday, June 3 and quickly deposited her ball into the cup. The Livingston native's second shot on the 351-yard, par-4 first hole landed less than a foot from the flagstick, putting her in a perfect position for a birdie. It was certainly an encouraging, feel-good moment and Chung figured she'd ride it for the rest of her round. Steady for the remainder of the…

No fluke as Johnson repeats

LAFAYETTE _ A year ago, Kittatinny's Annika Johnson left Farmstead Golf Club stunned by what she had accomplished. Johnson was a freshman then and considered winning the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Girls Golf Tournament "a complete shocker." Now a 16-year-old sophomore, Johnson rose to the top again on Wednesday, May 31, shooting a 36 over nine holes on the Valley Course proving that she's clearly the best in the NJAC. Her round included six pars and a birdie and her score was four strokes less than the 2016 event. "Last year was unexpected so I wanted to do it a second time," Johnson…

MK'S Conroy prevails in two-hole playoff

FLANDERS _ It was the type of putt that makes even the most veteran golfers squeamish. Morris Knolls junior Christi Conway had a knot in her stomach as she assessed the distance - 30 feet - between her ball and the cup on the second playoff hole during the Morris County Girls Golf Championship at Flanders Valley on Wednesday, May 3. The advice running through her head - words spoken by her mother, Karen - quelled her nerves long enough to make the lengthy putt. Just get it close. Get it there then putt it in. Conroy's initial putt on the par-4…

Yousey, Madison nip Colonials

MORRISTOWN _ A freshman, Madison's Emma Yousey is still becoming accustomed to the many facets of golf. In only her second high school match, Yousey shot a 52 over nine holes, serving as the main catalyst in the Dodgers' 231-235 victory over Morristown on Thursday, April 20 at Morris County Golf Club. Sophomore Alex Artigliere, junior Sage Geyer and another freshman, Maddy Shannon, also figured into the scoring for Madison, which moved its record to 2-0. Morristown was without one of its standouts, Elizabeth Strambi, who was competing in a basketball tournament. "It was so close," Madison coach Paige Diamond said.…

Alex shoots 73 in third round

GALLOWAY TWP. _ Marina Alex's performance at the Volvik LPGA Championship was a dream. With the exception of a third-round score of 75, Alex's game was consistent and efficient. After three rounds of the tournament, held in Ann Arbor, Mich., Alex was 9-under and holding one the the spots stop the leaderboard.