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August 19, 2013 | 9:24 a.m.

Meier wins 97th Michigan Women’s Amateur

Michigan State senior Christine Meier won the Michigan Women's Amateur.
Michigan State senior Christine Meier won the Michigan Women's Amateur.

Christine Meier, from Rochester Hills, Mich., won the 97th Michigan Women’s Amateur yesterday at Walnut Hills Country Club with a 3-and-2 victory over Hailey Hrynewich of Muskegon.

Meier, a senior at Michigan State University, joins her coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, as a two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Amateur.

If this tournament is an indication of the upcoming season for the Spartans golf team, it could turn out to be a very good year. The victory puts Meier, along with teammates Liz Nagel and Allyssa Ferrell, in a strong position to lead the Spartans during the 2013-14 season. (Read ...

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LIz Nagel of Michigan State during the 2013 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
LIz Nagel of Michigan State during the 2013 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.

Liz Nagel and Sarah Hoffman couldn't be much more closely aligned than they are after two rounds of the 97th Michigan Women's Amateur at Walnut Hills Country Club in Lansing.

Nagel and Hoffman posted 144 totals after carding identical rounds of 69-75 during the stroke-play portion of the tournament- and were declared co-medalists. A blind draw following the second round gave Nagel the top seed for the start of match play as the field of 90 was cut to the low 32. Like their scores, their games were in parallel as well.

"We were both long off the ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Delin Feng caddied for daughter Yueer "Cindy" Feng during her 2-and-1 loss to Emma Talley in the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur final.
Delin Feng caddied for daughter Yueer "Cindy" Feng during her 2-and-1 loss to Emma Talley in the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur final.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Daddy-caddies are an interesting breed, sometimes as fun to watch as the players themselves. The final round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur featured two fathers who couldn’t be more different: Dan Talley and Delin Feng. They wore their bibs with pride, pushing around their daughters’ clubs in oppressive heat for nine competitive rounds. That’s about where the similarities end.

Delin Feng, a 58-year-old Tiger Woods fanatic who moved his family over to the U.S. from China when daughter Cindy was only 9 years old, does everything but hit the golf shot. He ...

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Julie Williams
Emma Talley holds up the Robert Cox Trophy after she defeated Yueer Cindy Feng 2 and 1 at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.
Emma Talley holds up the Robert Cox Trophy after she defeated Yueer Cindy Feng 2 and 1 at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Emma Talley doesn’t know a stranger at the Country Club of Charleston. Even on the 34th hole of Sunday’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, Talley strolled down the fairway flanked by blue-shirted U.S. Golf Association volunteers. Talley can, and will, talk to anyone about anything.

Talley is the Alabama sophomore who came to Tuscaloosa from Princeton, Ky., and her thick accent shows it. She is a smiling southerner, whose 2-and-1 victory on Sunday seemed fitting in the blazing hot south. Talley survived a week of matches and a long day against junior golfer Yueer ...

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Julie Williams
Yueer Cindy Feng gets a fist bump from dad and caddie Delin Feng.
Yueer Cindy Feng gets a fist bump from dad and caddie Delin Feng.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – In between securing her spot Saturday in the final match at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and giving her post-round interview, Yueer "Cindy" Feng left the Country Club of Charleston in search of a Chinese buffet. Feng can’t exactly remember the name of the restaurant – Ocean China something – but she did advise to eat the duck and steer clear of the fried things.

Feng finds Chinese food on the road when she can. Perhaps it’s part of a new comfort level for life on the road that she referenced earlier this week. Feng has ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Emma Talley defeated Alison Lee during the semifinals of match play at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.
Emma Talley defeated Alison Lee during the semifinals of match play at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – When it rains, Emma Talley hits balls out of the family garage onto the 16th fairway at Princeton (Ky.) Golf and Country Club. Dan Talley bought a house on the golf course for the resale value, never dreaming that it would pay for his daughter’s education and set in motion her eventual professional career.

Emma Talley is the only golfer in the family of six. Princeton, a town of about 6,000 in western Kentucky, is the kind of place where everybody knows everybody. Word will travel fast in Princeton that the optometrist's youngest daughter ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Doris Chen will face Yueer Cindy Feng in the semifinals at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.
Doris Chen will face Yueer Cindy Feng in the semifinals at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The most misunderstood player in college golf. That’s what Justin Silverstein calls Doris Chen, the icy SoCal player who, even in victory, looks like she’s lost in a trance.

Wait, didn’t she just win?

Silverstein thought the same thing until he joined the Southern Cal coaching staff and got to know the D-Train, as she’s often called. The running joke at the NCAA Championship in May was that Chen wore long-sleeved shirts to cover up her tattoo sleeves. The joke, of course, being that such a look is so far out of character ...

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Julie Williams
Emma Talley defeated Su-Hyun Oh in 19 holes in Friday's quarterfinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Emma Talley defeated Su-Hyun Oh in 19 holes in Friday's quarterfinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – An NCAA champion, a USGA champion and the World No. 2 amateur fell Friday in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Only four players remain – Doris Chen, Yueer Cindy Feng, Alison Lee and Emma Talley – for Saturday’s semifinals. Let this serve as a primer:

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Emma Talley

School: Alabama (sophomore)

Road to semifinals: Lydia Choi, Tatiana Wijaya, Maria Fassi, Su-Hyun Oh

About: Talley had a pro-Tide crowd, and a loud one, in her corner Friday as she trudged through her toughest match of the week against Oh, the No. 2 player in the World ...

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Julie Williams
Annie Park, left, and Kelly Shon, both from Long Island, faced off Thursday afternoon in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Annie Park, left, and Kelly Shon, both from Long Island, faced off Thursday afternoon in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – It’s been a few years since Annie Park and Kelly Shon played head to head. The third round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur was kind of like a reunion.

Few words were spoken Thursday between the two Long Islanders, who spent their formative years playing among a group of talented young golfers that includes St. Johns’ Harin Lee, South Carolina’s Suzie Lee and Georgetown’s Alice Choi. There were the requisite lines of “that’s good” and “nice shot,” but with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line, each ...

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Julie Williams
Alison Lee with her caddie Andrea Lee during the Round of 32 match play at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.
Alison Lee with her caddie Andrea Lee during the Round of 32 match play at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Every year there’s one, and in Charleston, it’s Alison Lee. She’s playing her 15th U.S. Golf Association event this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and is the familiar face around Country Club of Charleston.

On Thursday, Lee faced another familiar player in local favorite Katelyn Dambaugh, a South Carolina product who will become a Gamecock in the fall. Both Lee (2012) and Dambaugh (’10) have finished runner-up at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Lee, bound for UCLA later this month, thinks that experience might have helped her close out Dambaugh ...

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Julie Williams
Leona Maguire, far right, hugs sister and caddie Lisa after defeating Stephanie Meadow, left.
Leona Maguire, far right, hugs sister and caddie Lisa after defeating Stephanie Meadow, left.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Conventional thinking may suggest that it’s more difficult to face a friend (or a sister) in match play, but Leona Maguire is used to it. Stephanie Meadow became her latest “friendly” victim on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Former Curtis Cup partners on the victorious Great Britain & Ireland squad, and many times competitors in Europe, Maguire and Meadow played similar games at the Country Club of Charleston.

“We both draw the ball, we’re both pretty much on every fairway and we’re within a yard of each other distance-wise,” Maguire said after ...

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Julie Williams
Kendall Prince defeated Casey Danielson in 20 holes during the Round of 64 match play at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur.
Kendall Prince defeated Casey Danielson in 20 holes during the Round of 64 match play at the 2013 U. S. Women's Amateur.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – For Casey Danielson and Kendall Prince, 17 was the magic number at the end of stroke play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

The two players employed the same counting technique Tuesday evening at the Country Club of Charleston. Prince was 17 spots from the top of the leaderboard, Danielson 17 spots from the bottom, and thus the two drew each other in the first round of match play.

“I think we’re both pretty good players,” said Prince, who needed 20 holes to knock off Danielson on Wednesday. Danielson made it to the quarterfinals in ...

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Julie Williams
Yumi Matsubara and caddie Andrew Shaw look at a putt Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Yumi Matsubara and caddie Andrew Shaw look at a putt Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Stroke-play scores (Final)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A key to Yumi Matsubara’s bogey-free 64 on Tuesday was in Andrew Shaw’s pocket. Shaw, a 27-year-old local caddie, had to figure out how to communicate with a player who speaks no English, and quickly. He and Matsubara, of Japan, resorted to pen and paper.

As the first fat raindrops fell from a hazy sky on Tuesday, Shaw opened up his yardage book to reveal a bright yellow pin sheet. Beside each hole, Shaw had written the yardages to the front, middle and back of the green.

Shaw, however, joked that that ...

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Julie Williams
Yueer Cindy Feng climbed to the top of the stroke-play leaderboard Tuesday at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Yueer Cindy Feng climbed to the top of the stroke-play leaderboard Tuesday at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Stroke-play scores (Final)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – One of the most recurring questions in Yueer 'Cindy' Feng’s young golf career has been in reference to her first name. It’s one nobody seems able to pronounce quite right, which is why Feng has developed a recurring answer.

“Just call me Cindy.”

After a 3-under 68 at the Country Club of Charleston in Tuesday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying – which left her at 2 under for the tournament, tied for the early lead – Feng tried to explain the origin of her name. It’s more of a nickname back home ...

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Julie Williams
Dawn Woodard, right, watches a shot on Monday with caddie and friend Kelley Hester.
Dawn Woodard, right, watches a shot on Monday with caddie and friend Kelley Hester.

First-round scores

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dawn Woodard’s bright purple shirt, hat and golf bag contrasted sharply with the manicured turf at Country Club of Charleston. Her color choice was a bold statement of local prowess. Furman ties run deep for Woodard, the 38-year-old who even had Paladin head coach Kelley Hester on the bag.

As breezes picked up around the course on a postcard Monday afternoon, no one could touch Allisen Corpuz, the 15-year-old from Honolulu, who posted a 2-under 69 in the morning wave. Corpuz was the only player below par by the end of the day. Woodard ...

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