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Kim edges out Nordqvist at ShopRite Classic

GALLOWAY TWP. _ 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…

Chung settling in on LPGA Tour

GALLOWAY TWP. _ 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…

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.

Kittatinny freshman takes NJAC golf

LAFAYETTE _ The ball that Annika Johnson used to shoot a 40 and win the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Girls Golf Tournament will very likely have a special spot in the case in the family's dining room. Johnson, a 15-year-old Kittatinny freshman, expects it will be right next to the ball her father, Keith, had LPGA superstar Annika Sorenstam sign and inscribe during the ShopRite Classic in Galloway Township back in 2001.

Runner-up twice, Barry finishes first

FLANDERS _ Chatham's Jess Barry was playing steady golf prior to spring break when she went off to visit colleges. For the last two and a half weeks, Barry has been toiling to regain her swing. "I'm not really sure what happened," said Barry, a senior. "It just fell apart." A day before the Morris County Girls Golf Tournament, Barry carded a 2-over par 34 in a match at Pinch Brook and was encouraged. On Wednesday, May 4, Barry fired a 43 on the Flanders Valley Blue Course and claimed her first MCT crown. "I've been trying to get back…

Mendham freshman has advanced golf game

MENDHAM _ Lindsay Perrin and her older brother, Jay, like to compete against one another. Most days, the two can be found on the practice green at Mendham Golf & Tennis Club engaging in a fierce yet friendly putting competition.

Bad bounces, lies hurt Alex

GALLOWAY TWP. _ There was nothing at all wrong with the way Marina Alex hit the ball during the first round of the LPGA ShopRite Classic. Alex didn't intend to spend excess time on her putting, her mechanics or her grip after shooting a 75 on the Stockton Seaview Bay Course. The second-year pro, who grew up in Wayne, was not uncomfortable and anxious to make a bevy of fixes. Actually, Alex was glad to be back in her home state, playing before family and friends.