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Amateur Lee, veteran Inkster make cut

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Australian Minjee Lee didn’t just make the cut Friday in her first appearance in the U.S. Women’s Open. She’s in the weekend hunt with a chance to become the first amateur to win the championship since Catherine Lacoste in 1967.

Lee, 18, is No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

With a 1-over-par 71, Lee is at even par overall, tied for third, four shots behind the leader, Michelle Wie.

Juli Inkster made the cut at 53 years old in her 35th U.S. Women’s Open. She says it will be her last.

Lee is among six amateurs to make the cut. Also making it were Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (T-14), France’s Mathilda Cappeliez (T-28), American Emma Talley (T-50), Japan’s Chisato Hashimoto (T-57) and American Andrea Lee (T-57).

Some notables who didn’t make the cut include 11-year-old Lucy Li (78-78) as well as major championship winners Cristie Kerr (76-74), Suzann Pettersen (78-74), Anna Nordqvist (73-78) and Morgan Pressel (77-75).