Aug. 10, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Alabama sophomore Emma Talley won her semifinal match at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Saturday at the Country Club of Charleston with at 1-up victory over the nation's No. 1-ranked junior Alison Lee.
Talley, from Princeton, Ky., built an early 4-up lead before back-to-back bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes cut her lead to 2 up. She responded with a birdie on the ninth for a 3-up lead at the turn. Lee then won three straight holes (14-16) to square the match only to see Talley respond with a par on the 17th for a 1-up lead heading to the 18th.
"After I hit my tee shot (on 18), I looked at my dad (Dan Talley, her caddie) and said, `I feel like I'm about to (throw up),'" said Talley.
With both players hitting their approaches short of the green, Talley smoothly hit her 58-degree wedge chip to within a foot for a conceded par and the victory.
Feng, 17, advanced with a 3-and-2 victory over 2010 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Doris Chen, 20, of Chinese Tai-pei.
The Talley/Feng final will consist of 36 holes on Sunday with the opening 18 at 7 a.m. (CDT) and the second cir-cuit at 12 p.m. (CDT).
Tally is the first Alabama golfer to advance to the finals of the U.S. Amateur. Both Brooke Pancake (2011) and Jennifer Kirby (2012) advanced to the semifinals.
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