Golfer Alice Chen Repeats as N.J. State Champion

By David Li,

Princeton, N.J., June 19, 2014, — Alice Chen of Neshanic Valley was named a member of ALL-USA High School Girls Golf Team by USA Today yesterday. Chen has won back-to-back state titles in record-breaking fashion after leading New Jersey to its first title in the 10th USGA State Team Championship on September 19, 2013.

Chen shot an amazing 7-under par 65 at New Jersey’s state tournament in May 2014. This beats the previous low score at state by three strokes. She is committed to play at Furman University this Fall.

Chen was featured  in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” segment last year. The write-up reads: “Alice, a Montgomery High School senior, shot a record-tying six-under-67 round and tied for the lowest score (six-under 213) to lead New Jersey to its first UGA State Team Championship at NCR Country Club (Kettering, Ohio). Earlier this year she won the state high school championship and the NJSGA Women’s Amateur and Junior Girls’ titles.”

Chen enjoyed a brilliant summer of golf last year. She won the New Jersey high school individual championship and earned player of the year honors. Chen then won the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur and Junior Girls’ Championships, and tacked on a victory at the American Junior Golf Association’s Lessing’s AJGA Classic, also conducted in the Garden State.

“We never felt pressure. We knew we were tied with Florida going into the final round, but we never talked about it,” Chen said in an interview.

“We really bonded together as a team. I scrambled a lot today. Through the entire week, it was just about hitting greens and getting birdies and eagles if possible,” Chen continued. “I really do feel blessed about everything that’s happened to me this summer.”

Chen’s mother Mrs. Qiuyan Wu is very proud of her daughter, and blogs about her daughter regularly on popular Chinese website Ms. Wu immigrated to the U.S. from southern Fujian province, China. Family friend Ana Yee mentioned that people from southern Fujian are very proud of Chen’s achievements.

With back-to-back state championships, Chen has much more to celebrate this summer.