Women’s Amateur Golf

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Beth Ann Nichols
Defending champ Emma Talley with her mom, Jennifer, posted a 6-over 76 in the first round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Defending champ Emma Talley with her mom, Jennifer, posted a 6-over 76 in the first round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Emma Talley spent all afternoon grinding on the practice facilities at Nassau Country Club. The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion struggled to a 6-over 76 to open stroke-play qualifying, meaning there’s considerable work left for the pride of Princeton, Ky., to advance to match play.

“Not much went right,” said Talley, who questioned her decision to weaken her grip several days ago only to change it back again last night.

If those six bogeys weren’t frustrating enough, Talley walked over to the big scoreboard and saw a discrepancy in what was posted ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Doris Chen withdrew during stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur, citing an ankle injury.
Doris Chen withdrew during stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur, citing an ankle injury.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Doris Chen took up ice skating two months ago and an ill-timed ankle injury won't keep her from getting back on the rink. The 2014 NCAA champ withdrew after nine holes of the U.S. Women’s Amateur stroke-play qualifying because of pain in her right ankle from a fall on the ice two weeks ago.

“Lesson learned,” Chen said. “I shouldn’t go ice skating when I’m tired.”

The USC senior was in the locker room at Nassau Country Club for some time getting treatment on her ankle. She eased the pain and ...

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Ron Gaines
Portland Rosen's father, "Rocket," looks on as she clinches the Texas Golf Association's Women's Amateur title.
Portland Rosen's father, "Rocket," looks on as she clinches the Texas Golf Association's Women's Amateur title.

Portland Rosen won the Texas Golf Association Women’s State Amateur on Friday with a 3-and-2 victory over the Woodlands’ Kelly McGovern at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas.

“This was my first time playing in a TGA event, and everyone couldn’t have been nicer. It means so much because Texas golf has helped me so much. It helped me get to college and now it’s helping me beyond,” said the 2014 grad of the University of Virginia.

Heading into the week, Rosen said her entry into the event was part of her preparation for the two biggest ...

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Bill Zimmerman
The U.S. team gathers before the stat of play during the Saturday four-ball matches at the 2014 Curtis Cup.
The U.S. team gathers before the stat of play during the Saturday four-ball matches at the 2014 Curtis Cup.

The 2018 Curtis Cup will take place at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., the USGA announced Wednesday.

The U.S. team won this year's Curtis Cup 13-7 in St. Louis, keyed by a 4 & 3 win on the final day from Emma Talley.

The U.S. prevailed in the last USGA championship between teams at Quaker Ridge, defeating a Justin Rose-led GB & I team 18-6 in the 1997 Walker Cup.

“Quaker Ridge provided a stern and fair test for the 1997 Walker Cup competitors, and we are confident that it will do the same for these ...

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James Achenbach
Fumie (Alice) Jo during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.
Fumie (Alice) Jo during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.

DUPONT, Wash. – She will go down in golf history as the answer to a trivia question: Who was the winner of the 38th and last U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship?

The answer is Fumie (Alice) Jo of Shanghai, China, who beat Eun Jeong Seong of South Korean 3 and 2 in the 36-hole WAPL final at The Home Course.

Alice Jo also became the first golfer from mainland China – male or female – to win a U.S. Golf Association title.

Those who follow her instructions will call her Alice, not Fumie. When you are 15 (Alice's ...

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James Achenbach
Eun Jeong Seong during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.
Eun Jeong Seong during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.

DUPONT, Wash. – We've seen 5 1/2-hour rounds at the U.S. Women's Open. We've seen the U.S Open sputter to a halt because of golf course congestion.

Slow play is golf's biggest, baddest bogeyman. The more important the tournament, the more likely the appearance of the slow-play monster.

The U.S. Golf Association meant well at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, but the USGA's efforts to confront slow play almost went terribly wrong.

In the opening quarterfinal match Friday, NCAA individual champion Doris Chen from USC faced 14-year-old WAPL ...

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James Achenbach
Doris Chen claimed a 6-and-4 match-play victory over Lauren Diaz-Yi on Thursday at the Women's Amateur Public Links.
Doris Chen claimed a 6-and-4 match-play victory over Lauren Diaz-Yi on Thursday at the Women's Amateur Public Links.

DUPONT, Wash. – There were so many reasons for Doris Chen to rejoice Thursday after her 6-and-4 match play victory over Lauren Diaz-Yi in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

After all, Chen's triumph in the round of 16 was sweet revenge. In the 36-hole final of the 2013 WAPL, Chen lost to Diaz-Yi by a whopping 10-and-9 margin.

This time it was different. Very different.

At The Home Course, site of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association headquarters, Chen made five birdies in 14 holes and was 4 under as she overwhelmed Diaz-Yi.

Although Chen has never ...

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James Achenbach
Lucy Li, 11 years old, during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.
Lucy Li, 11 years old, during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, Wash.

DUPONT, Wash. – Lucy Li, the 11-year-old whiz kid who lost on the 19th hole Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, revealed that she had received a personal letter from John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Li was watching the action Thursday at The Home Course and preparing for a tour of downtown Seattle.

Li said she found out about the letter Wednesday evening in a phone conversation with her father, Warren Li.

Here is the complete text:

Dear Lucy,

Congratulations on a great U.S. Women's ...

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James Achenbach
Lucy Li during her match-play loss Wednesday at the 2014 U.S. Women's Public Links in DuPont, Wash.
Lucy Li during her match-play loss Wednesday at the 2014 U.S. Women's Public Links in DuPont, Wash.

DUPONT, Wash. – Lucy Li is 11.

I was 11 once.

All similarities end there.

Despite her sudden-death loss in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, Li remains a genuine golf prodigy. With apologies to Michelle Wie, Li is probably the best 11-year-old female golfer in the history of the game.

Playing from the equivalent of the regular's men's tees at The Home Course, Li shot a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday in her match against 18-year-old Alice Chen of Princeton, N.J.

The two were deadlocked after 18 holes, setting ...

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Brentley Romine
Eun Jeong Seong plays her tee shot at the 16th hole during the second round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Public Links at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
Eun Jeong Seong plays her tee shot at the 16th hole during the second round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Public Links at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

Eun Jeong Seong enjoyed a record-setting day Tuesday en route to winning stroke-play medalist honors at the Women's Amateur Public Links.

Seong, a 14-year-old from South Korea, fired an 8-under 64 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., to set the championship's 18-hole scoring record. Her 10-under 134 total for two rounds also was a record.

Brittany Lang had held the previous 18-hole mark with a 65 in 2004 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, where she also set the previous 36-hole record of 135. Ariya Jutanugarn also totaled a 135 in 2010.

Seong, playing in just her second ...

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Cindy Ha posted a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead at the Women's Amateur Public Links on Monday.
Cindy Ha posted a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead at the Women's Amateur Public Links on Monday.

Cindy Ha used seven birdies to fire a 5-under 67 on Monday to take a one-shot lead at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

Ha, who will play at Vanderbilt in the fall, fired her best round in a USGA championship. The New Jersey native isn't unfamiliar with success at the WAPL, having made the match-play quarterfinals in 2013.

“Everything was really solid,” Ha told the USGA. “Tee shots are really important here and I was hitting the fairways with pretty long drives, so I had wedges in. From ...

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Adam Schupak
Michelle Wie watches her shot during match play at the men's Amateur Public Links at the Shaker Run Country Club in Lebanon, Ohio, on July 13, 2005.
Michelle Wie watches her shot during match play at the men's Amateur Public Links at the Shaker Run Country Club in Lebanon, Ohio, on July 13, 2005.

Don Essig III’s voice bursts with pride when he says he was “a real muni golfer.” Growing up two miles from Willow Brook Golf Course in Indianapolis, Essig took to the fairways when he was 7 and before long he began tying a pull cart to the back of his bicycle and hauling his clubs there, a dollar bill wedged in his hip pocket. He could play all day for 65 cents and with the change purchase two hot dogs and a soda. By the time he was 13, Essig worked in the pro shop and snack bar and ...

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James Achenbach
Hannah and Don Wood after Hannah officially committed to the University of Oklahoma, starting this fall.
Hannah and Don Wood after Hannah officially committed to the University of Oklahoma, starting this fall.

DuPONT, Wash. – The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship has always been a celebration of golfers who play at public golf courses.

The event was first conducted in 1977. Kelly Fuiks, who would become Mrs. David Leadbetter, won the the first two. Pearl Sinn, at the time the most dominant amateur in the world -- man or woman -- captured back-to-back WAPL victories in 1988 and 1989 to go along with her U.S. Women's Amateur title in 1988.

At 10 years old, Michelle Wie put her name in the record books as the youngest competitor in Public Links ...

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Cassie Stein
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson captured low-amateur honors at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 22.

Henderson, 16, from Smith Falls, Ontario, shot a 1-under 69 to finish at 5-over 285. Her 69 was one of 16 rounds under par Sunday.

“Ball striking was really big for me today,” Henderson added. “I made two mistakes off the tee which cost me a double and a bogey, but other than that, I was hitting it really well and had a couple tap-in birdies, which is really nice.”

At one point, Henderson was 3 under for her ...

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Cassie Stein
Brooke Henderson, shown here during the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, won the 2014 Women's Porter Cup after a final-round 9-under 62 at Niagara Fall Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.
Brooke Henderson, shown here during the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, won the 2014 Women's Porter Cup after a final-round 9-under 62 at Niagara Fall Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.

In a tune-up for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Brooke Henderson shot a final-round bogey-free 9-under 62 at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y., to win the second annual Women’s Porter Cup.

Henderson, No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, entered the final round nine shots back of second-round leader and fellow Canadian Jennifer Ha.

Ha, a rising senior at Kent State, shot a final-round 74 to tie for second with Princess Superal of the Philippines at 5-under 208.

Henderson, a 16-year-old who is a member of Canada’s National Team, made five ...

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