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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.

Chatham's Barry takes NJAC

LAFAYETTE _ The feeling that accompanies what Jess Barry refers to as "coming up short" is unpleasant. Chatham's Barry, a junior, has had enough of being second and third so she followed up a double bogey on a not-very-menacing par 3 with a impressive birdie on her closing hole.

Quiogue tops field at MCT

FLANDERS _ It was March of 2012 and Todd Hartman was overseeing and evaluating the teenage golfers launching tee shots onto the range at Anchor Golf Land. A freshman girl, Rianna Quiogue, was among the many boys vying for a spot on the Park Regional team.

IMG is Hopton's new home

MADISON _ The harsh weather during the winter of 2014 and the fact that the snow and chill were lingering into spring prompted Madison's Carley Hopton, the 2013 and 2014 Morris County Girls Golf Tournament champion, to make a decision. Hopton thought it was time to head south, where the warmer, sunnier climate is more conducive to her passion.

Parsells edges out Chen at NJSGA Junior

HILLSBOROUGH _ Christina Parsells didn't think about Alice Chen's recent dominance of girls and women's golf in New Jersey when she was paired with her for the second and final round of the NJSGA Junior Girls Championship. Parsells, of Bernardsville, certainly was aware of Chen's accomplishments yet kept them out of her head, telling herself "to take it one shot at a time and hit the fairways, hit the greens, make the putts."

Chen wins NJSGA Public Links

PARSIPPANY _ A bogey on the 17th hole, the result of a missed putt, irked Alice Chen. Chen was in a tight battle with Noelle Maertz and the bogey, only one of two in her ultra steady round at the Knoll West Country Club on Tuesday, July 1, left her one stroke behind Maertz, the 2012 NJSGA Women's Public Links Champion.

Lewis is No. 1 again

GALLOWAY _ Stacy Lewis noted that the swings of emotion between her and Christina Kim were "wild" over the last nine holes of the final round at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. "We'd hit good shots and we'd hit terrible shots," Lewis said. "It was actually a little bit up and down. It was kind of exhausting coming in."

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.