Tide Soph Moves Into US Amateur Semis

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Alabama sophomore Emma Talley won her quarterfinal match at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Friday at the Country Club of Charleston with at 1-up victory in 19 holes over the world's No. 2 amateur Su-Hyun Oh.

Talley, from Goshen, Ky., needed extra holes to knock off Oh, a native of Australia. Oh's bogey on the first playoff hole, the par-4 first, allowed Talley to secure a berth in the semifinals with a par. Talley held a 1-up lead for most of the front nine before Oh squared the match at the 10th and took a 1-up advantage on the 11th. Talley was able to square the match with par on the 14th and the pair made par on the final four holes of regulation to force a playoff.

The victory moves the Alabama standout into Saturday's semifinals against Golfweek's No. 1 ranked junior Alison Lee. She dispatched of Katelyn Sepmoree of Tyler, Texas, in Friday's quarterfinals, 4 and 3. On the other side of the bracket, Doris Chen (Chinese Taipei) and Yueer Cindy Feng (Orlando, Fla.) advanced to the semifinals.

Talley reached the quarterfinals with a 3 and 1 victory over Lydia Choi (Beverly Hills, Calif.) in the first round. She then defeated Tatina Wijaya (Indonesia) in the second round, 8 and 7, before defeating Maria Fassi (Mexico) 2 up in the round of 16.

The Talley/Lee semifinal match is slated for 9:15 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday with the Chen/Feng semifinal going off first at 9 a.m. (CDT). Sunday's final will consist of 36 holes with the opening 18 at 7 a.m. (CDT) and the second circuit at 12 p.m. (CDT).

Tally is the second Alabama golfer to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur in the past three years, joining Brooke Pancake who accomplished the feat in 2011.

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