A. Lee allowed to change qualifiers after Monday finish


The USGA granted Alison Lee the option of playing another U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier after Monday’s finish of the suspended final round of the Kingsmill Championship caused her to miss the qualifier in Virginia, the USGA confirmed.

Lee finished third at Kingsmill upon returning to the course early Monday morning to finish out her final four holes.

Lee, 20, was scheduled to play the U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier at Hermitage Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., but she was unable to make it after concluding play at Kingsmill just 30 minutes before she was scheduled to tee it up in Virginia. The USGA, however, granted Lee the option of playing in any other qualifier. Lee has chosen to play the qualifier at Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma, Calif., on Tuesday, according to IMG, her management company.

According to the USGA, Lee was the only player requiring an accommodation after missing a qualifier because of Monday’s finish.

The Goose Creek qualifier isn’t the only avenue still remaining for Lee to play the U.S. Women’s Open, July 9-12 at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. The top 50 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings as of July 5 also qualify. Lee moved to No. 61 in the world rankings with her finish at Kingsmill, jumping 39 spots. A bogey at the final hole Monday morning cost Lee a T-2 finish, which could have moved her inside the top 50. There are still seven weeks and four LPGA events left for players to try to crack the top 50 to gain entry to the U.S. Women’s Open.

The third-place finish at Kingsmill was Lee’s best in nine starts as a rookie this year. She finished fourth at the Kia Classic. Lee, an All-American at UCLA who as a freshman won the Annika Award as college golf’s player of the year, shared medalist honors at LPGA Q-School with Minjee Lee in December. Minjee won the Kingsmill Championship.