CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Yueer Cindy Feng and Emma Talley prevailed Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur, each knocking off formidable opponents in Doris Chen and Alison Lee. Despite gaining a sizable front-nine advantage over Lee, Talley was forced to fight hard to stay ahead, while Feng won the first two holes with pars and never relinquished the lead against Chen. "She made her mistakes and I just hung in there," said Feng, 17, who has been called the "Trojan Killer" after eliminating USC's Chen and Annie Park in the quarterfinals. "I'm excited for what tomorrow will bring." Feng only needed two birdies in 16 holes to defeat the usually steady Chen, who made six bogies in her first 13 holes. On the par-4 16th, both players hit approach shots within 10 feet of the hole. Chen drained her birdie, but Feng made a birdie of her own to end the match. Related: Semifinalists set at U.S. Women's Amateur The other semifinal match was much more of a battle, with the 19-year-old Talley winning four holes in a row on the front nine to take a 4-up lead. After the second hole, Lee suffered a nosebleed, forcing her to play the next few holes with a nostril full of gauze. However, the soon-to-be UCLA freshman weathered the untimely distraction and eventually squared the match with a birdie at the 16th hole. Lee then three-putted the par-3 17th to give Talley a 1-up lead that proved the difference when both players made par on 18. "I knew when I was 4 up that it was not over at all," said Talley, who is entering her sophomore year at Alabama. "Alison's a great player and she held herself very well, even through the nosebleed. I felt bad for her. No matter what happens tomorrow, this has been a great experience." Neither Feng nor Talley has won a USGA championship. Talley competed at the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Women's Opens, making the cut in 2012 at Blackwolf Run where she finished T-46. She has never advanced further than the Round of 16 in a USGA event and Feng has never made it past the quarterfinals. Feng made the cut at this year's Women's Open at Sebonack GC, finishing T-54. Tomorrow's 36-hole championship match begins at 8:00 a.m., with the second 18 starting at 1:00 p.m. The Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage from 4-6 p.m. Follow @BrendanMohlerGW
By Brendan Mohler
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The semifinalists are set at the U.S. Women's Amateur after a day of upsets, blowouts and close matches alike at CC of Charleston. Doris Chen will play Yueer Cindy Feng at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with Alison Lee and Emma Talley squaring off at 10:10.
On Friday, USC's Chen defeated reigning Women's Amateur Public Links champion Lauren Diaz-Yi, 4 and 3. In winning the Public Links, Diaz-Yi defeated Chen, 10 and 9, in the 36-hole final at Jimmie Austin OU GC in Norman, Okla. After losing the first hole in the rematch, Chen made four birdies in 14 holes and never trailed the rest of the way.
"I didn't really see it as revenge," said Chen, who won the U.S. Girls' Junior in 2010. "I just wanted to perform today and make sure my mind was on the right track."
Chen's semifinal opponent, Feng, defeated another USC Trojan and NCAA champ Annie Park, 6 and 4. Like Chen, Feng also lost the first hole of the match, but needed only one birdie the rest of the way to hold off Park, who didn't have the game that marked her play during the college season.
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In another lopsided match, Lee defeated Texas' Katelynn Sepmoree, 4 and 3. Lee took a 2-up lead through eight holes, then won the par-5 ninth with a hole-out eagle from the fairway before a par at 10 extended her lead to 4 up.
"That shot on nine really gave me some momentum," said Lee. "[Katelynn] was on in two so I knew I had to make birdie at the worst."
Lee will play Alabama's Talley, who survived a tense quarterfinal match against the world's second ranked amateur, Su-Hyun Oh, to advance to the semis. Neither player held more then a 1-up lead throughout the match, which ended when Oh missed a par putt on the 19th hole. Talley, ranked 65th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, made several lengthy putts on the last few holes including a playoff-forcing five footer on the 18th hole.
Chen is the only USGA champion of the four quarterfinalists, Lee having lost to Minjee Lee in the final of the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior. Feng has never made it past the quarterfinals in a USGA event, and Talley has never advanced past the Round of 16. Each player will look to build on their already impressive resumes tomorrow. Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A long day of double rounds at the U.S Women's Amateur came to an emphatic close Thursday evening, setting up a few heavyweight battles in Friday's quarterfinal at CC of Charleston. Reigning Public Links champion Lauren Diaz-Yi defeated stroke-play medalist Yumi Matsubara, 2 and 1, then knocked off Arizona's Kendall Prince, 4 and 3, in the Round of 16. In Friday's quarters, Diaz-Yi will face USC's Doris Chen, who beat 2012 Girls' Junior champ Minjee Lee, 2 and 1. "I just tried to stay calm and not worry too much about how I was playing. I wanted to be confident over every shot," said Diaz-Yi, who defeated Chen, 10 and 9, in the 36-hole Public Links final earlier this summer. "Knowing Doris, she's going to want revenge. It's going to be a good match." Chen, the 2010 Girls' Junior champion, defeated Kacie Komoto of Japan before eliminating 2012 Girls' Junior champ Minjee Lee, 2 and 1, to set up the rematch with Diaz-Yi. Related: Few Surprises in First Round of U.S. Women's Amateur Chen's teammate at USC and reigning NCAA champion Annie Park also advanced to the quarterfinals. The Levittstown, N.Y. native defeated another Long Islander, Kelly Shon, after beating Brittany Fan of Hawaii in the morning round. Park, who many have called the strongest player in the field, will play Yueer Cindy Feng in the quarters. Feng lost to Ally McDonald last month in the North & South Amateur final at Pinehurst, but defeated incoming Oklahoma State freshman Casie Cathrea Thursday afternoon to set up another chance for a big-time match play title. "Both Casie and I left a lot out there. We really grinded until the last hole," said the 17-year-old Feng, who had her father on the bag. "He gets very excited, which is probably why I stay so mellow and calm on the course." The other side of the bracket will see Texas Longhorn Katelyn Sepmoree pinned against Alison Lee, the runner-up at last year's Girls' Junior final and soon-to-be freshman at UCLA. Lee advanced to the quarterfinal by defeating Ireland's Leona Maguire and UNC-commit Alexandra Harkins Thursday. Sepmoree knocked off Purdue standout Aurora Kan in the Round of 16. The last quarterfinal match will be Alabama's Emma Talley against Su-Hyun Oh, who advanced to the quarterfinal of last year's event before losing to Nicole Zhang. Along with Minjee Lee, Oh is a member of Team Australia and won the Australian Girls' Amateur championship in 2012. As usual, the Women's Amateur quarterfinal is stacked with contenders. Depending on how the matches play out, we could see a USC head-to-head if Annie Park and Doris Chen both prevail Friday. Despite tomorrow's results, the semifinal and championship matches will prove exciting, especially on the thirsty Seth Raynor layout that seems to get drier and firmer with each passing day. Follow @BrendanMohlerGW