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Stackhouse two strokes behind Lee6

GALLOWAY _ Mariah Stackhouse didn't engage in deep thought about what a win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic would mean. Rather than dreaming about the possibility of being the first African American woman to win a title on the tour, Stackhouse only had visions of putts traveling the green and dropping consistently. Stackhouse had another solid round on Saturday, June 8, shooting a 67 for a two-day total of 133, a mere two strokes behind Jeongeun Lee6 (63-69-132). In a three-way tie for third place behind Lee6 and Stackhouse with 134 were Ally McDonald, Lexi Thompson and Nanna Koerstz Madsen.…

Lee6 leads at ShopRite Classic

GALLOWAY _ Fresh off her win at the U.S. Open, Jeongeun Lee6 is confident, focused, determined and well-rested. On Friday, June 7, Lee6 got right back down to business, shooting an 8-under-par 63 at the 2019 ShopRite LPGA Classic and finds herself atop the leaderboard once again after the opening round of play. Lee6 of South Korea, who had an impressive nine birdies and an eagle, was tied with Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum, whose first-round showing featured seven birdies and an eagle. Right behind them are Lexi Thompson, Muni He and Kristen Gillman, all with 64s. Relaxed and experiencing no bouts of nervousness,…

Mendham Perrin putts her way to title

FLANDERS _ Lindsay Perrin was in the midst of discussing some of the highlights of her round at the Morris County Girls Golf Championship when she suddenly stopped, smiled and revealed that she had attained a "first." "My putting was pretty on today," Perrin said before adding, "I had no three putts. That's never happened before." Perrin's touch on the greens, along with accurate shots off the tee, resulted in her taking the title at the MCGGC held on Flanders Valley Blue Course on Wednesday, May 1. It wasn't easy, though, as she prevailed in a two-hold playoff versus Morris…

Park secures first LPGA victory

GALLOWAY _ Annie Park's golf career sputtered after a solid rookie season in which she had a pair of top-10 showings, including a tie for sixth place at the ShopRite Classic. Park's game suffered in 2017 because of an issue with her back and she struggled mightily. She had to alter her swing to adjust to the injury and juggled time between the Symetra and LPGA Tours. As a result, Park, of Levittown, N.Y., dropped to No. 126 on the earnings list and her LPGA status went to partial. On Sunday, June 10, the 23-year-old Park, a standout while at…

France's Herbin hopes this is her time

GALLOWAY _ Celine Herbin knew her decision to leave her job as a biochemical engineer at the age of 27 to pursue a career in golf would make people question her mental stability. Herbin was right. Everyone considered her... "Crazy," she recalled. "It was looking very much like a dream to be a professional golfer at 27 when I was not at all the top player in France." Still, Herbin, now 35, persisted, playing first on the European Tour before joining the LPGA. As of Saturday, June 9, Herbin, was in an enviable position - she had the clubhouse lead…

Diaz, with son by her side, among leaders at ShopRite

GALLOWAY _ Most kids aren't anxious to do chores. Mow the lawn? Maybe tomorrow. Take out the trash? Later. Carry your mom's golf bag? Absolutely. Toting a golf bag isn't a typical chore so 12-year-old Cooper Diaz was more than willing when his mother, Laura, needed a caddie for the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic. The younger Diaz not only shouldered clubs, he did it well, receiving a grade of 95 for his effort, and Laura Diaz, relaxed by his presence, fired a 66 at the Stockton Seaview Resort's Bay Course in first-round play which commenced on Friday, June 8. Anna…

McGlone prevails at Morris Championship

FLANDERS _ Mary Cate McGlone texted her mother, Catherine, shortly after completing her nine-hole round at the Morris County Girls Golf Championship with a 12-foot putt for par. I shot a 44. I might win. It didn't take long for the elder McGlone, who was at work, to respond. Wowzer! You're a winner either way. Love you. McGlone's 44, as it turned out, put her atop the 41-player field competing on the blue course at Flanders Valley Golf Course. The title was the first for McGlone, a junior at Villa Walsh. She was extremely proud of her achievement, which was…

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…