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Amateur golf: Lee makes final eight

Valencia’s Lee impresses at U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships

Posted: July 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Alison Lee plays her tee shot at the 16th hole during the third round of match play at the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, on Thursday.

 

On Wednesday, Valencia High senior Alison Lee was talking about how she has never made it past the round of 16 in her five previous chances at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

Now she has a different story.

Lee won her two match-play matches on Thursday and has now advanced to the quarterfinals of the prestigious United States Golf Association junior championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

“It’s not what I’m used to, to make it this far in the tournament,” Lee said. “I hope I can continue to play well. Out of the 36 holes, I made only one bogey. Both matches were really fun. Hopefully I can carry that to (today) and play with the same tempo.”

The 17-year-old golfer was outstanding on Thursday.

In the first round of match play, with 32 golfers remaining, Lee was a blistering 7-under par and defeated Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh 5 and 4 in 14 holes.

Between the sixth and 14 holes, she made six birdies.

It’s not as if Oh played poorly. She was 2-under through 14.

In the round of 16, Lee made four birdies and finished 3-under through 17 holes.

She defeated China’s Yu Liu 2 and 1.

Lee gets an interesting matchup today as she takes on Lauren Diaz-Yi of Thousand Oaks.

Diaz-Yi will be a senior this year at Westlake High.

She made it to the CIF-Southern Section individual final in 2011 — the second of four rounds of the CIF state playoffs.

“I played junior golf with her since I was 9 or 10. I’ve known hera really long time,” Lee said. “I see her in the summer, all the tournaments. We’re pretty good friends. I saw her after the round (on Thursday). We smiled at each other, took a picture together. Hopefully it’s a good match.”

If Lee beats Diaz-Yi, she’ll have a semifinal match later in the day.

The championship one-on-one round is Saturday.

It’s clear in Lee’s voice that she wants it.

“A lot of professional golfers have a record of winning this tournament,” Lee said. “To have my name get into history, it would mean a lot.”


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