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Chatham's Howard-Johnson fires an 83

SKILLMAN _ Carley Hopton had every reason to feel good about her first nine holes at the NJSIAA Girls Golf Tournament of Champions. Hopton, a sophomore from Madison, was steady. Her putts were falling and her drives were consistently down the middle. She was 1 over par.

Madison's Hopton is MCT champ

FLANDERS _ There was an incentive for Carley Hopton to go to the driving range with her father as a youngster. Each time Hopton hit the ball 100 or more yards at Anchor Golf Land in Whippany, her father, Brad, would buy her a Barbie doll.

Hershberger wins NJSGA Amateur

WEST ORANGE _ Alexandra Hershberger's clinching hole at the New Jersey State Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship was an adventure from tee to green. Hershberger hit her drive with a 4-wood. It wasn't the most powerful of drives, traveling 10 to 15 yards less than her previous ones. She used a 6-iron next, sending the ball what she termed "the perfect distance." Feeling the pressure, however, she pulled it, landing it in the fescue around a bunker.

Lopez impresses at LL4G event

RIVER VALE _ The decision required absolutely no deliberation. When Jan Tomasiewicz was informed that Nancy Lopez would be a part of Premiere Golf Day at River Vale Country Club on Sunday, July 22, all other offers, no matter how alluring, immediately were put aside.

PJ's Tarnopoll rises to the top

LAFAYETTE _ Pope John's Rachel Tarnopoll took a perfectly logical mindset into the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Girls Varsity Golf Championship. A freshman, Tarnopoll was confident in her abilities and didn't count herself out. She just figured experience might prevail.

Farrell, Diabo fitting in just fine

DENVILLE _ Bri Farrell immediately embraced golf. It wasn't the same for Christina Diabo, who recalled that she hated going out on the course as a youngster. "I loved it right away," said Farrell, a junior at Morris Knolls High School. "We'd go to the driving range. I liked being with my dad and my brother."