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Lee makes charge at U.S. Open

14-year-old Valencia resident and amateur is tied for 28th in Pennsylvania

Posted: July 10, 2009 9:52 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Valencia resident Alison Lee, just 14 years old, made the cut after round two of the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship Friday.

The soon-to-be high school freshman is the youngest remaining golfer in the field at Bethlehem, Pa.’s Saucon Valley Country Club.

Lee is tied for 28th at 5-over after shooting a 1-over 72 Friday.

She is eight shots off the lead as Cristie Kerr is at 3-under.

Lee won a two-hole playoff at a sectional qualifier in Santa Cruz June 15 to barely slip into the U.S. Open.

She skipped the West Junior Open at Robinson Ranch this week to compete in the U.S. Open. She won the event last year when it was called the Hanmi Bank Open.

Lee is a stroke ahead of the world’s No. 1 ranked female golfer Lorena Ochoa after two rounds.

The 14-year-old shot a 4-over 75 in Thursday’s first round, but caught up to the field Friday by birdying four holes on Friday.

She made five bogeys.

Lee will tee off at 10:40 a.m. today.

She is ranked No. 9 nationally amongst juniors in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Rankings.

Yet this weekend, she is one of six remaining amateurs in the 72-golfer field in Bethlehem.

cosborne@the-signal.com

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