Rookie Lee unaware she tied course record


PHOENIX – Alison Lee stiffed a 9-iron to a foot to close with a birdie Saturday and tie the course record at the JTBC Founders Cup.

Lee’s 9-under-par 63 at Marriott Wildfire Golf Club gives the LPGA rookie a chance to claim her first victory in just her third start this year. She’s three shots back going into the final round.

Lee didn’t know she tied Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato and Hee-Won Han for the course record until media told her.

“Wow, that’s cool,” Lee said.

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Lee, 20, won the Annika Award as the top collegiate women’s player when she was a freshman at UCLA. She was a sophomore when she won co-medalist honors at LPGA Q-School in December and turned pro. She’s still enrolled at UCLA, however, and just finished final exams last week. She’s taking the next quarter off but is already committed to returning for summer courses to keep pursuing a degree.

Does she feel ready to win an LPGA event?

“I'm just going to do my best to stay confident and play my own game and not get too consumed with what's going on around me,” Lee said.

With pressure promising to mount Sunday, Lee was asked what she’ll do to relax.

“Watch Netflix,” Lee said.

What will she watch?

“Vampire Diaries,” she said.