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Amateur golf: Lee moves forward in top tourney

Valencia High senior reaches match play in U.S. championship

Posted: July 17, 2012 10:10 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2012 10:10 p.m.

Alison Lee plays her second shot at the fourth hole during the first round of stroke play at the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City on Monday.

Valencia High senior golfer Alison Lee started the day staring up at 28 other golfers on the leaderboard at the prestigious U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

On Tuesday, she closed the gap.

After posting a 6-over 78 on Monday, Lee shot a 2-over on Tuesday and tied for 19th overall at 8-over — good enough to advance her to match play.

A major difference for Lee was more steady golf, especially on the par 4s where she was 1-over on Tuesday, compared to 4-over on Monday.

Lee made two birdies and four bogeys on the day, to go along with 12 pars.

Only one golfer in the field of 155 is under par.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is 2-under after two rounds.

Lee will now begin match play today.

The second and third rounds of match play are on Thursday with quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Friday.
The 36-hole championship will be played on Saturday.

Lee has already golfed in one significant event this July.

She finished in 60th place at the U.S. Women’s Open, but she was one of three amateurs among 28 in the field to make the cut.

Lee hasn’t golfed in the Foothill League since she was a freshman in 2009. She has spent the last two-plus years focusing on junior golf events.

Lee has a verbal commitment to UCLA.



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