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Amateur golf: Right where she left off

Coming off a strong July, Valencia’s Lee is near top again

Posted: August 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia High's Alison Lee plays a shot during the first round of the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur at The Country Club (Ohio) in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday.

 

Valencia golfer Alison Lee is riding a wave of momentum.

The Valencia High senior is tied for second place at 4-under after 18 holes of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Monday at The Country Club in Cleveland.

Hart High graduate Kendall Dusenberry is also competing and is tied for 144th out of 155 golfers after one round.

Lee, a 17-year-old junior golf star, is coming off a hectic July that saw her finish tied for 60th at the U.S. Women’s Open, then second in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

After playing in one of golf’s major championships and the top girls tournaments in the nation, she is now playing the top amateur event in the country.

Lee played bogey-free golf on Monday, sinking birdies on the par-4 first hole, the par-3 fifth hole, the par-4 seventh hole and the par-5 16th hole.

Meanwhile, Dusenberry — a 2011 Hart High graduate and Purdue University freshman, shot 11-over on the par-72 course.

She had her biggest struggles on par-4s, where she was 9-over. She also had three double-bogeys.

Dusenberry made birdie on the par-5, 450-yard 16th hole.

She will have to make up a lot of ground today if she wants to make the cut.

Just 64 golfers will make it to Wednesday’s match play.

The projected cut right now is at 4-over.

The current leader of the event is Lydia Ko at 6-under.

Lee defeated Ko in the semifinal of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship before losing a 36-hole final to Minjee Lee.

The final of this tournament is Sunday.

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