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Amateur golf: Lee rolls past phase one

Valencia senior finishes stroke play tied for third

Posted: August 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

This is looking awfully familiar.

Valencia High senior Alison Lee is near the top of the leaderboard at a big tournament and she’s headed to a one-on-one match with another golfer whose shares the same last name.

Two weeks ago, Lee made it to the final round of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, where she lost to Minjee Lee in match play.

In this case, Alison Lee is tied for third after two days at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship after she shot a 1-under in Tuesday’s round to move to 5-under for the tournament.

Next up, she faces 13-year-old Andrea Lee today in the first round of the match-play portion of the tournament, which takes place at The Country Club in Cleveland.

Andrea came in tied for 51st in the field of 155 players with a two-round score of 5-over, just above the cutline.

Hart High graduate Kendall Dusenberry was also playing, but failed to make the cut after finishing tied for 135th.

Dusenberry carded an 83 on Monday and followed with a 78 on Tuesday to put her total score at a 17-over 161.

It was a struggle for the Hart alum, who circled just two birdies for the tournament, but had 13 bogeys and three double bogeys.

Alison, on the other hand, had to play a round of survival to stay among the top of the field.

After she recorded a bogey-free round of 68 on Monday, she had to overcome four of them in Tuesday’s round.

She countered that with five birdies on the day to stay within three strokes of medalist Kim Hyo-Joo at 8-under.

From here, Alison will head into a 64-player elimination tournament which begins with the first round today, followed by rounds two and three on Thursday, the quarterfinal on Friday, semifinal on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

Alison tees off at 7:50 a.m. against Andrea Lee, a soon-to-be high school freshman who is seventh in the American Junior Golf Association Polo rankings.

That ranks just below Alison, who is third.

The Golf Channel will televise the day’s action from noon to 2 p.m.

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