PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 9, 2014) -- Last year, it was all Paige Lee.
Playing out of eClub Sacramento, Lee took control of the 2013 NCGA Women’s Amateur with an opening round 1-under par 72 at Spyglass Hill. A day later, she’d wrap up the tournament title with a 2-over 75 at The Links at Spanish Bay. Lee’s 36-hole total of 1-over 147 was four strokes better than runner-up Taylor Camany of eClub Monterey Bay.
“Both courses remind me of my home course in North Ridge,” Lee said. “Even with the lead I stuck to my game plan and went into the final round as if we were starting from scratch.”
Starting Monday, the women will be back as the 10th NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship gets underway at Del Monte Golf Course.
Lee, however, will not be back. Having just wrapped up her freshman season at UC Davis, Lee is busy preparing for her next big adventure—the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.
Lee recently finished third at 150 (76-74) in the U.S. Women’s Open Sectional held at The Links at Half Moon Bay. It was the same Sectional where 11-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood City made history by becoming the youngest female to ever qualify for the national championship.
Still, even without Lee (and Li), this year’s Women’s Amateur Championship field is stacked.
Among those slated to tee off include 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier Haley Andreas, former CSU-Monterey Bay standout Audra Kepler and Junior Tour of Northern California standouts Sabrina Iqbal and Jessica Luo.
Andreas, who plays at the University of Louisville, made it to the Round of 16 in the 2010 U.S. Junior Girls’ Amateur. Kepler, meanwhile, just wrapped up a stellar career at CSUMB by earning All-America honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. In earning the honor, she became only the fourth CSUMB player to be named All-American, joining Courtney Soekland (2012), Darcy Lake (2011) and Cicilia Chudivan (2010).
Iqbal and Luo have been forces to be reckoned with on the JTNC circuit. Iqbal is currently the No.1 ranked player on the tour’s points list. Luo is at the No.4 spot.
While the women’s championship is going on, there’ll also be a Senior Championship being played.
There, players to watch include defending champion Sandy Woodruff of Santa Cruz, Lynne Cowan of Rocklin and Pat Cornett. Cowan captured the recent California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at the new Poppy Hills Golf Course. Cornett captained the 2012 USA Curtis Cup squad.
Monday’s opening round will be held at Del Monte GC. Tuesday’s final round will be held at par-73 Spyglass Hill.
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