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Valencia graduate and UCLA bound golfer Alison Lee advances to semifinal of Women’s Am

Posted: August 9, 2013 9:45 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2013 9:45 p.m.

Alison Lee plays her tee shot at the fifth hole during the quarterfinal round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur at Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. on Friday. Lee won 4-and-3.


The memory of the 2012 U.S. Girls Junior Championship still sticks in Valencia High graduate Alison Lee’s mind.

So much so it motivates her to this day.

And this day, the Santa Clarita Valley’s most accomplished female golfer ever will compete in the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Lee defeated 22-year-old Texan Katelyn Sepmoree 4-and-3 in the match play quarterfinal on Friday.

The UCLA-bound Lee will play University of Alabama golfer Emma Talley in one semifinal today with a tee time of 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time.

“This is pretty much my last tournament for this summer, last tournament going into college. It’s really big,” Lee said. “It’s going to be pretty much the last golf tournament in my junior golf career. This is the farthest I’ve made it in the Women’s Amateur.”

The three-time U.S. Women’s Open participant is playing her best golf right now, she said, after struggling to begin the year.

The 18-year-old said she was struggling so badly earlier in 2013 that she had to pull out of some junior tournaments.

That struggle was nowhere to be found on Friday as she defeated Sepmoree in 15 holes.

She was at 2 up after the eighth hole, going par to Sepmoree’s bogey.

Lee eagled the par-5, 536-yard ninth hole and would not relent after that.

Now she has her sights set on a championship driven by the result of the 2012 Junior Championship.

She was 3-up after 30 holes with six to play before eventually losing to Australia’s Minjee Lee on July 21, 2012.

“I’ve had a lot of experience. I learned a lot — especially last year losing at the finals of U.S. Girls,” Lee said. “I’m really taking a lot from that and using it this week. Be patient out on the course, don’t think about the competition.”

The other semifinal has USC’s Doris Chen of Chinese Taipei (the 2010 U.S. Girls champion) against 17-year-old junior golf star Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla.

Sunday’s final consists of 36 holes of match play.



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