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Valencia grad Alison Lee advances in match play

Lee moves to round of 32 at U.S. Women's Amateur

Posted: August 6, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Valencia graduate Alison Lee won her match on Wednesday 3-and-2 in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

 

Valencia graduate Alison Lee made it clear early on Wednesday she wasn’t going to suffer an upset early in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

As the third-ranked amateur in the world, Lee was a heavy favorite going up against August Kim, ranked 484th.

Lee won the matchup 3-and-2 on Wednesday at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y., advancing her to the round of 32 in match play to be played today.

Lee took a three-hole lead early and survived a hiccup later in the round before putting the match away with back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14.

The tournament began with 156 competitors who played 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. From there, the top 64 players advanced to the match-play tournament, which began Wednesday and concludes with the championship match on Sunday.

Lee, a 19-year-old UCLA sophomore, finished at even par and tied for fourth overall in stroke play. Kim, who is a 19-year-old incoming freshman at Purdue University, ended up at 7-over and tied for 57th.

The round of 32 and the round 16 will both be played today. TV coverage of the tournament can be viewed on the Golf Channel from noon to 2 p.m.

Last year, Lee advanced to the semifinals. This is her seventh and final appearance in the U.S. Amateur because she plans to turn pro next year.

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