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Korda plagued by "stupid, silly mistakes" in third round of Cognizant

CLIFTON _ Nelly Korda had an ultra tough day, citing "stupid, silly mistakes" as the reasons behind her subpar, uncharacteristic third round at the Cognizant Founders Cup. It was an inopportune time for Korda, angling to claim a record-breaking sixth consecutive LPGA Tour title, to have to endure 18 holes in which little went right. The world's No. 1 female golfer shot a 73 - 1-over par - on a day when Madelene Sagstrom and Rose Zhang were soaring. Korda, close to flawless since claiming the LPGA Drive On Championship in her hometown on Jan. 28, was inconsistent en route…

Lee is in Ko's sights at Cognizant

CLIFTON _ Jin Young Ko intended to go to sleep early in order to ensure she had the energy needed for what will likely be a marathon race. Ko, four shots behind leader Minjee Lee after three rounds of the Cognizant Founders Cup, believes she will be the golfer atop the field when the four-day tournament concludes tomorrow at Upper Montclair Country Club. “I know she’s a good player but I think I have chance to win for tomorrow if I really play well so I will focus myself and I need some good rest tonight,” said Ko, who, despite…

Cognizant Founder's Cup kicks off

 CLIFTON _ Hit the ball straight and avoid the trees on both sides of the fairway. Be aware of the fast greens. Sei Young Kim, a 30-year-old South Korean, stuck to her plan and fired a 66 to secure the lead at the Cognizant Founder's Cup on Thursday, May 11 at Upper Montclair Country Club. Another golfer from South Korea, Hae Ran Ryu, was right behind her with a 67 followed by last year's winner. Stacy Lewis, Minjee Lee, Young Ko, Cheyenne Knight, Nasa Hataoka, Atthaya Thitikul, Peiyun Chien, Maddie Szeryk and Hye-Jin Choi were tied for third with 68s.…

Tech's Dolce runs MCT streak to three

FLANDERS _ Morris Tech's Sammie Dolce added a Callaway Paradym driver to her bag a little more than a month ago. Dolce quickly bonded with her new piece of equipment and has high praise for her new weapon off the tee, noting that it has already made a difference in her distance and ball speed. On Wednesday, April 26, Dolce, aided by 250-yard drives, gained the distinction of being the first three-time winner of the Morris County Girls Golf Tournament, posting a 38 on the Flanders Valley Blue Course. "I'm very excited. I'm very happy," said Dolce, who gave herself…

Henderson triumphs in playoff at ShopRite Classic

GALLOWAY TWP. _ Brooke Henderson isn't irked by the nearly constant presence of her older sister, Brittany. Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, still takes her advice to heart and values her input on the golf course - and off of it - even after seven years and an abundance of trips around the United States and all over the world. The sisters have been successful working together and, on Sunday, June 12, they collaborated their way to the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA ShopRite Classic which was held on the Bay Course at the Seaview Hotel and Golf…

NJAC Golf: Crusaders, Dolce prevail

LAFAYETTE _ Every day on the golf course isn't perfect but this one came very close. Morris Tech's Sammie Dolce was pleased with nearly everything - her score and mindset, the conditions - and emerged as champion for the second time in 23 days, earning top honors at the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Girls Golf Tournament at Farmstead Golf Club on Wednesday, May 25. "I played pretty solid golf all around," said Dolce, who shot an even-par 34 on the Valley Course. "I had fun. It was a beautiful day for golf. It wasn't cold or windy. I stayed in…

Lee rides momentum, leads Cognizant Cup

CLIFTON _ Minjee Lee was steady over her first nine at the Cognizant Founders Cup, penciling in four birdies and five pars. When Lee, of Perth, Australia, made the turn, she picked up speed and carded two birdies then an eagle on No. 12, a 474-yard, par 5 - the third-longest hole on the 6,536-yard layout at the Upper Montclair Country Club. Kim, in her eighth year on the LPGA Tour, attributed the impressive skein to "riding momentum" and said the fact that she covered 1,206 yards in a mere nine shots was "really nice." That stretch of shots was…

Another county title for Tech's Dolce

FLANDERS _ Sammie Dolce's golf game is controlled and efficient. Dolce, a Morris Tech junior, keeps nearly everything in check, including her emotions, no matter what the circumstance, one of the traits of an elite golfer. There was one detail of her round at the Morris County Girls Golf Tournament, however, that elevated her spirits and put excitement in her voice. "I bombed my driver on the seventh hole," said Dolce proudly and with emphasis, reflecting back on the 265-yard tee shot that led to a birdie and helped her repeat as MCT champion. "It was a nice shot. I…

Ko triumphs; in company of Sorenstam

WEST CALDWELL _ The celebratory champagne rained down on Jin Young Ko shortly after her victory at the Cognizant Founders Cup. Ko, of course, didn't mind being sprayed with the sparkling white wine. After all, she was under pressure for the last four days as she sought to string together 14 consecutive rounds under 70 and pull even with Annika Sorenstam and countrywoman So Yeon Ryu as well as defend a title she claimed two years ago. Mission accomplished. "I got a lot of the pressure on the course," said Ko, who was 13-under for the tournament, recording scores of…

Junior golf clinic hits the mark

WEST CALDWELL _ Johanny Bosch's daughter, Sara, and stepdaughter, Emily, were carefree as they spent time pitching rubber ducks and other brightly colored animals onto the tic-tac-toe board in the fan zone at the Cognizant Founders Cup. The girls, whose only previous exposure to golf was by playing the mini version, seemed deep in concentration as they attempted to hit their marks. Of course, they were having fun, too, and made sure they visited every station at Camp PING. "I was aiming and I won," said 9-year-old Emily, a fourth grader, who was complemented by volunteer Rinchen Sahni for her…