In a 36-hole final match that remained tight throughout, Emma Talley emerged for a 2-and-1 victory over Yueer Cindy Feng to claim the U.S. Women's Amateur title.
Talley, a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama who hails from Princeton, Ky., won the opening hole Sunday at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.) but the first 18 holes of the match were hotly contested, with neither player holding anything larger than a 1-up advantage. It was the 19-year-old Talley, though, who led by the slimmest of margins after the morning round.
Talley's advantage over the 17-year-old Feng grew to 3 up after 22 holes, but Feng was able to fight back, squaring the match with nine holes to play. She would never lead during the afternoon round, though, as Talley won the 28th hole with a birdie and maintained her advantage, closing out the match with a par on the penultimate hole.
Talley becomes the first Alabama golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur and joins U.S. Senior Open champion Kenny Perry as the second Kentucky native to take home a USGA title in 2013.