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Alex misses cut at ShopRite

GALLOWAY _ Swirling winds and unpredictable greens made the going tough for golfers with afternoon tee times at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Wayne native Marina Alex, who teed off at 12:04 p.m. in the LPGA event at the Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on Saturday, May 31, was one of many on the course trying to cope with those unpleasant conditions.

Madison's Hopton does it again

FLANDERS _ Stephanie Hopton sensed her daughter, Carley, was stressing in the days and hours leading up to the Morris County Girls Golf Tournament. "I think Carley felt the pressure of what people were expecting from her," Stephanie Hopton said. "She didn't want to mess up."

Locals excel at NJSGA Women's Am

FLORHAM PARK _ Wendy Ferrara not only bears the weight of Taryn Anderson's golf bag as a caddy, she knows - and has witnessed - the progression of her game from the beginning. Ferrara and the 19-year-old Anderson, a Branchville resident, traversed the the course at Brooklake Country Club for three days this week while Anderson competed in the 88th New Jersey State Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship.

Alex has eyes on LPGA

GALLOWAY TWP. _ Marina Alex chose her car, a 2013 Lincoln MKZ, for comfort and spaciousness, both important considerations for someone who spends a significant amount of time engaging in two types of driving. Her vehicle is crucial to her livelihood - playing golf in hopes of becoming a regular on the LPGA Tour.

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.