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Amateur golf: Now it’s one-on-one

Valencia High senior Alison Lee advances to play for championship in the top U.S. girl

Posted: July 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Valencia's Alison Lee shoots on the fourth hole during the semifinal round of match play at the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City on Friday.

As if Santa Clarita Valley golf star Alison Lee didn’t already have a full resume, now she can add to it.

The Valencia High senior won two more match play matches at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on Friday at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City and is now in the championship final.

That means a one-on-one, 36-hole match against the world’s No. 8 ranked amateur, according to the United States Golf Association, Australia’s Minjee Lee.

“I don’t have any expectations. I do want to win this tournament, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” Alison Lee said. “I am hitting well and making putts. If I could hold onto it another day.”

Lee has been exceptional the last two days.

Over her last 61 holes, she is 12-under par.

In her quarterfinal match against Thousand Oaks’ Lauren Diaz-Yi, Lee made two birdies and 12 pars en-route to a 2-under performance.

She defeated Diaz-Yi 5 and 4 in 14 holes.

In the semifinal, she defeated world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand 2 and 1 in 17 holes.

This was with Lee playing her worst round of the last two days.

The 17-year-old was 2-over after seven holes with two bogeys.

She said Ko left the door open, though, with her putting.

The pair were all square after 14 holes, then Lee made par on 15 and birdie on 16 to Ko’s bogey-par.

That was the difference in Lee’s even-par performance.

“I guess I made fewer mistakes than she did,” Lee said.

Now she’s set to play for one of the biggest prizes of her life.

Lee has been one of the nation’s most accomplished amateurs for her entire teenage life.

She will play for the biggest girls’ championship in the United States — a championship won by female golf stars Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott, Mickey Wright, Alexis Thompson, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Pat Hurst and Hollis Stacy.

Lee said she’s tired after playing 114 holes in five days.

But she has just reached the middle of a difficult stretch.

Lee had a flight plan for Florida that was scheduled for today at 3 p.m. so she could play in an American Junior Golf Association event.

She might have to change those plans today.

“A lot of money and flight and time,” she said she has to worry about. “But yeah, it would be worth it.”

Lee tees off at 9:15 a.m. today.




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