Though they won their semifinal matches Saturday in two wildly different fashions, both Yueer 'Cindy' Feng and Emma Talley advanced at the Country Club of Charleston and will meet in Sunday's 36-hole final to decide the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Feng won the first hole against 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links runner-up Doris Chen and did not look back. The 17-year-old, who has already played in the U.S. Women's Open three times, maintained at least a 1-up cushion throughout the front nine, then took control of the match with wins at Nos. 10 and 11. Feng was able to halve each of the next five holes, closing out Chen by a 3-and-2 margin.
Like Feng, Talley got off to a hot start but had a difficult time holding off a hard-charging Alison Lee in the day's other semifinal. Talley won four of the first five holes in her match with Lee, appearing in control of things well before lunch time in Charleston. Lee, though, battled back, trimming her deficit to 2-down after eight holes and ultimately leveled the match with wins at holes 14-16. Talley won the 17th to re-take her advantage, though, and the 19-year-old advanced to Sunday's final by a slim 1-up margin thanks to a par at the home hole.
Both Feng and Talley will be in search of their first career USGA title in Sunday's 36-hole final in South Carolina.