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Alison Lee wins Pac-12 golf title

Posted: April 27, 2014 8:49 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2014 8:49 p.m.
 

Sunday will be a memorable day for Valencia graduate Alison Lee for a lot of different reasons.

Hopefully, the biggest reason will be the fact that the UCLA freshman won the individual Pac-12 championship at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.

By 8 p.m. on Sunday night, she was trying her best to enjoy the victory knowing that she missed out on winning the team conference title and later on missed their flight out of Corvallis.

“It’s been a really long day,” Lee said shortly after getting off a plane in Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.

The team had to re-route its trip to fly north to Washington before heading back south for Los Angeles, where they were scheduled to land at 12:30 in the morning.

Lee, along with most of her teammates had classes to get to early this morning.

“That’s the life of a college athlete,” she said.

Somewhere in all the chaos, Lee did find time to recap her round of a 3-under 69 earlier in the day that earned her a winning 54-hole score of 5-under at the par-72 course.

It was three shots better than Arizona’s Lindsey Weaver in second place.

Lee came into Sunday two strokes off the lead and in fourth place, but she carded four birdies and a bogey to post the best round of the day among the field of 55 golfers on a chilly, rainy day.

“Overall for the tournament I feel like I played really well,” Lee said. “My game was really strong. I felt confident in my game and I was hitting a lot of good shots.”

On the negative side, despite the fact that UCLA came into the day leading in the team standings, it fell down to fourth place with a team mark of 7-over.

“I’m very happy that I was able to win, but I was very disappointed that our team couldn’t win. It would have been nice,” Lee said.

Sunday’s victory was Lee’s third on the college circuit and it continues what has already been a blazing start to her UCLA career.

This is also the second straight year a Valencia graduate has won a Pac-12 golf title after Max Homa won the men’s title for University of California, Berkeley last year.

Lee and UCLA will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on May 8. From there, UCLA will try to qualify for the NCAA Championships beginning on May 20 in Tulsa, Okla.

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