May 19, 2014
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - UC Davis freshman Paige Lee became the third Aggie golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open when she finished third at sectional qualifying on Monday at Half Moon Bay Golf Club.
Lee, an All-Big West first-team selection from nearby Folsom, finished with an 8-over 150 total after shooting rounds of 76 and 74 on the par-71 course. A birdie on her final hole - the par-4, 369-yard 18th hole - proved to be the difference for Lee who finished one shot in front of Sara Banke of Danville and Yoonhee Kim of San Ramon.
Lee had three birdies over the two rounds, including two in her opening round. She was 7 over with 11 holes to play but then was just 1 over the rest of the way to advance to the U.S. Open along with Lucy Li of Redwood Shores and Kathleen Scavo of Benicia.
The U.S. Women's Open will be held June 19-22 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Former Aggie standout Chelsea Stelzmiller finished 10 over, just two shots behind the three qualifiers. Stelzmiller and former teammate Alice Kim made Aggie history in 2009 when both qualified for the U.S. Women's Open which was played at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.
"Qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open is no easy feat and Paige was able to put together two solid rounds on a challenging golf course today at Half Moon Bay," said Aggie head coach Anna Temple. "Last summer's experience at the U.S. Women's Amateur will really help her during what will be a strenuous and amazing week.
"Paige has been working hard and has really improved over several categories over the past season and she is starting to see that pay off now," Temple added. "Another month of really good work will lead to some great things for her the third week of June. This is a testament to the level of Aggie golf as she is the third UC Davis player to qualify."
Lee enjoyed a tremendous freshman season for the Aggies this year, posting five top-10 finishes and helping highlight her year with a fourth-place finish at the early season Golfweek Conference Challenge.
She helped UC Davis win its fifth consecutive Big West Championship and advance to the NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight year.