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On the Beat Golf: Lee continues to rise

Posted: June 5, 2014 9:31 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2014 9:31 p.m.

Valencia graduate Alison Lee is competing in the 2014 Curtis Cup which brings the best amateur females in the country to play against teams from Great Britain and Ireland.

Valencia High graduate Alison Lee is in St. Louis today representing the United States for the 2014 Curtis Cup — a biannual event pitting the U.S. team, made up of the best amateur females in the country, against the Great Britain and Ireland teams.

Since graduating high school one year ago, the highest riser in Santa Clarita Valley female golf history has risen to even new heights.

The Curtis Cup is the latest.

Lee was the 2014 Pac-12 Golfer and Freshman of the Year.

However, the first-team All-American was disappointed that she didn’t perform well enough to be selected the national player of the year.

“I was disappointed I didn’t win that because I didn’t perform as well as I thought I could at nationals,” Lee said. “But all in all I played really well. I’m really happy how the year went because coming into college as a freshman I didn’t know what to expect.”

Lee, now 19, spent most of her teenage years at or near the top of the American Junior Golf Association rankings.

She competed in the 2014 LPGA major the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April and finished tied for 29th overall and has also golfed in three U.S. Women’s Opens.

However, the 2013-14 college season was a foreign experience for her.

She played sporadically for the Valencia High girls golf team as a freshman and sophomore. This past year marked her first full year playing on a team, which she said benefitted her game.

“It is a lot of fun being on UCLA, which is in my opinion is one of the best golf programs in the country,” Lee said. “Playing alongside girls who are great golfers who are not only competitive on the course but on our own team keeps us motivated.”

UCLA finished third overall at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Championship and Lee tied for 38th overall individually.

It didn’t sit well with her because her expectations are so high.

“I guess up to this point in all honesty I almost feel like I’m expected to win the awards,” Lee said. “I know that’s putting a lot of pressure on myself. The way I’m playing now I feel I should be winning these awards. Not winning player of the year only motivated me to practice more and do better next year. I feel like I’m setting a high standard for myself. For me it works.”

Curtis Cup play begins today at St. Louis Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

Great Britain and Ireland won the last cup in 2012.

Lee said she is treating this event as a competition, and she wants to win.

“It’s really big for me, obviously to represent the United States of America and playing alongside the other top seven amateurs in the entire country,” Lee said. “I’m really excited to have fun and battle.”

Lee will be taking summer school classes at UCLA to get ahead after the event.

She also plans on playing in a couple of amateur events.


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