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Alison Lee advances at U.S. Women's Amateur

Posted: August 7, 2013 9:57 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2013 9:57 p.m.

Alison Lee hits a shot at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Charleston, S.C. on Monday.

 

Valencia graduate Alison Lee is off to a good start to her non-junior career.

Lee advanced to the round of 32 in the match play segment of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

She defeated 39-year-old Dawn Woodard 3-and-1 in the first round of match play.

This is Lee’s first big tournament since she capped off her dominant junior career with a victory at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in early July.

The UCLA-bound golfer finished No. 1 in the American Junior Golf Association rankings.

Now in one of the most vaunted amateur women’s tournaments in the world, the 18-year-old Lee is making her way through a talented field in South Carolina.

The tournament started Monday with 156 players competing in a two-day, 36-hole stroke play contest. From there, the top 64 players moved on to a match-play tournament that will eventually crown a champion on Sunday.

In stroke play, Lee shot a 72 and 69 on the par-71 course to finish 1-under and tied for fifth place overall.

That led her to Wednesday’s matchup against Woodard, where Lee won three of the first six holes to take a quick 3-up lead.

Lee went on to play mostly par golf through the rest the round, which was good enough to hang on for the victory.

Today, Lee is scheduled to tee off at 6:10 a.m. Pacific Time in a round of 32 matchup against Katelyn Dambaugh.

The winner of that match will move on to the final 16, which will also be played today.

That sets up for quarterfinal matches on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

Last year, Lee was eliminated in the round of 64 of the U.S Women’s Amateur.

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