Former two-time SEC Player of the Year and Vanderbilt All-American Marina Alex carded a four-under par, 284 (71-70-73-70) at the U.S. Women's Open over the weekend to end the tournament as the low American finisher in her home state of New Jersey at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J. Alex finished in a tie for 11th and seven shots back of tournament champion Sung Hyun Park.
Alex, playing in front of her hometown family and friends, and closed the tournament with 30 straight holes of bogey-free, six-under par golf. It was Alex's second-best finish at a major, behind a tie for ninth place finish at the 2014 Women's British Open.
"I'm really happy with how I handled myself," Alex told USGA.com. "I knew there was going to be a ton of fans and just a ton of pressure to play well, and I handled it the best that I could. I'm pleased.
"I'm really glad that the state of New Jersey and the community found an interest in coming out to watch me, and watching women's golf, and being out here, so I'm really happy," said Alex in an interview with NorthJersey.com.
Alex hit 49 of 56 fairways for the tournament, including 13-for-14 on Sunday, while also hitting 50 of her 72 greens in regulation.
Alex, who earned her card on the LPGA Tour in 2013, has had quite the season in 2017, carding nine top 25 finishes, six top 15's, and four top 10's, with her low finish of the season coming in the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open when she finished in a tie for seventh on February 16.
The Wayne, N.J., native will tee it up this weekend at the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I in Sylvania, Ohio, before heading to Scotland for the Ricoh Women's British Open in Fife on August 3.