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Caldwell County graduate Emma Talley advances to semifinals of U.S. Women's Amateur

Caldwell County's Emma Talley watched as her ball headed for the green Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in the final round of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Girls' State Golf Tournament at Bowling Green County Club in Bowling Green, Ky.
Caldwell County's Emma Talley watched as her ball headed for the green Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in the final round of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Girls' State Golf Tournament at Bowling Green County Club in Bowling Green, Ky. Daily News (Bowling Green)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Emma Talley, a Caldwell County graduate, defeated Su-Hyun Oh of Australia 1-up in 19 holes Friday to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Talley, coming off her freshman season at Alabama, was a second-team Golfweek All-American. After she holed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to keep the match alive, some fans chanted "Roll Tide! Roll Tide!"

"I don't know if they are Alabama fans or SEC fans," Talley said. "There's definitely a connection there.

"This is what you dream for. This kind of atmosphere."

Talley advanced when the 17-year-old Oh, No. 2 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, missed a 4-foot par putt on the 19th hole — No. 10 on the course.

"I know everything I need to do," Talley said, "So, now when I come out here, I just want to have fun and do my best because I can't do anything else."

Talley all but owned the KHSAA state tournament during her high school career. She won by 10 shots as a senior in 2011. In 2008 she shot a record 134 to win by nine shots, and won by that same margin in 2010.

Talley would have had a four-peat, except that after finishing first by six shots in 2009, she signed an incorrect scorecard, called the error on herself, and was disqualified.

Talley will play 18-year-old Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif. in Saturday's semifinals. Lee beat Katelyn Sepmoree of Tyler, Texas, 4 and 3.

■ Taiwan's Doris Chen beat Lauren Diaz-Yi 4 and 3 in another quarterfinal, avenging a blowout loss in the Public Links finals. In June in the Public Links, Diaz-Yi, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., routed Chen 10 and 9.

The 20-year-old Chen, a member of Southern California's NCAA championship team, will face 17-year-old Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.

Feng, born in China, beat Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., 6 and 4. Park won the NCAA individual title this year as a freshman at Southern California.

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