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Alison Lee moves to quarterfinals at U.S. Women's Amateur

Posted: August 8, 2013 6:39 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:39 p.m.

Valencia graduate Alison Lee reacts after sinking her putt during the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur in Charleston, S.C. on Thursday. Photo by Chris Keane/USGA

 

Former Valencia High student Alison Lee won both of her match play contests on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

Lee, who graduated high school in May, has made her way into the final eight players out of 156 entrants in the prestigious tournament at Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

The match play tournament will resume Friday, when Lee will tee off at 11:05 a.m. Pacific Time against Katelyn Sepmoree.

The winner of that match move on to Saturday’s semifinal, which sets up Sunday’s championship match.

On Thursday, Lee beat Katelyn Dambaugh in 19 holes in the round of 32 and followed that with a 3-and-2 victory over Alexandra Harkins in the round of 16.

In the round against Dambaugh, the two golfers were all square after 18 holes, which led to a sudden-death playoff. Lee birdied the par-4 No. 1 hole to take the match.

To get to that point, Lee had to make the cut after 36 holes of stroke play that ran on Monday and Tuesday.

The 18-year-old and 30th ranked amateur in the world finished at 1-under and tied for fifth place, which moved her to the 64-player match play tournament.

Lee defeated Dawn Woodard 3-and-1 in the round of 64 on Wednesday.

Friday TV coverage of the event begins at 1 p.m. on The Golf Channel.

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