Kelsey Solan, Noelle Maertz, Taylor Totland and Alice Chen will compete in the semifinals today in the 89th NJSGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown. The four semifinalists happened to be the top four seeds: Solan being first, Chen second, Totland third and Maertz fourth.
In the quarterfinals, Solan first knocked out Sarah Kokotajlo of Mountain View, 6 and 4, and then defeated Racquel Zurick, also of Mountain View, 3 and 2. Solan, of Burlington, is a rising junior at James Madison University.
Defending champion, Alice Chen, bested 22-year-old Kelsi Kavanagh of Manasquan River, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals. The 18-year-old has won two NJSGA Junior Championships and was one of the most talented members of the 2013 New Jersey State team that won the USGA State Team Championship. Chen, of Neshanic Valley, is a rising freshman at Furman University where Totland will be her teammate.
Totland, a rising sophomore, won the NJSGA Tournament of Champions in 2012. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Christina Parsells, of Baltusrol, 3 and 2, the recent NJSGA Junior Girls champion. Totland then ousted Christina Paulsen of Ridgewood, 4 and 3, to advance to the semifinals.
Maertz, of Hyatt Hills, surpassed Fran Gacos of Copper Hill, 6 and 5. Then in the quarterfinals Maertz defeated Emily Mills of Eagle Ridge, who will be a freshman golfer at Rutgers. Maertz, a rising junior at Wagner, will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Nassau Country Club next week.