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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 11, 2013) -- Paige Lee (eClub Sacramento) was the only player to finish under par in the first round of the NCGA Women’s Championship. Shooting a one-under-par 72, Lee jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a four-stroke lead on Monday. Lee collected birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 13 only dropping shots on Nos. 2 and 17. Despite her impressive first round, Lee will have to bring her best to the final round to go home with the title.

Paige Lee leads the championship division by four after posting one-under-par 72.

Four players are currently tied for second finishing with three-over-par 76s. Taylor Camany (eClub Monterey Bay), Sagee Palavivatana (eClub Sacramento), Shaylee Yano (Kings River GCC) and Holly Bare (Sunnyside CC) will all be in the hunt for the title in Tuesday’s final round wich will be played at Spanish Bay GC.

Just behind the second-place pack, four women are tied for sixth heading into the final round. Kortnie Maxoutopoulis (Castle Wood CC), Hannah Suh (eClub South Bay), Spencer Heller (Turlock GC) and Jade Siphomsay (Youth on Course – South) all finished carding four-over-par 77 in the first round.

With five women within two strokes of the leader in the senior division, the final round of the NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship will be a race to the finish.

Teeing off on No. 10, Patricia Cornett (The Olympic Club) leads the pack after carding a four-over-par 77 in the first round. Cornett played a steady round with six pars on her front nine. After making the turn to No. 1, Cornett began to heat up with a birdie on the par-3 third hole. She finished her round with an impressive even-par 36 to put her on top of the leaderboard.

Cornett will have her work cut out for her in the final round.

Three women trail Cornett by a single stroke. Sandy Woodruff (Pasatiempo GC), Marianne Towersey (Monterey Peninsula CC) and Lynne Cowan (amateurgolf.com) carded five-over-par 78s to hold a three-way tie for second. Woodruff had back-to-back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 to fire up her round after an opening-hole double bogey. Towersey, the 2012 Senior Women’s Amateur champion, made the turn with an even-par 37 earning her spot in the pack. Cowan stayed consistent throughout the round with 11 total pars.

Trailing the pack carding six-over-par 79 in the first round is the 2012 runner up, Terry Mayes and Teri Gangi, both of Las Margaritas GC.

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