Lucas Lee Turns Professional
Oct. 14, 2008
UCLA All-American Lucas Lee announced Tuesday that he will forgo his senior year and play as a professional in Stage 1 of the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, Oct. 27-28 at Carlton Oaks CC in San Diego. Prior to that event, he will play professionally in the Golden State Tour's event on the same course beginning Wed., Oct. 15.
'I would like to thank everyone at UCLA for helping me during my college career,' said Lee, 21. 'I will miss my teammates, the coaches and UCLA, but this has been my dream and it's time to pursue it.'
A third-team All-American in 2007, Lee recorded five collegiate victories in three seasons, and leaves UCLA with a career scoring average of 72.7 and 14 career Top 10 finishes. Last season he won the weather-shortened Augusta State Invitational with scores of 69-65--134 (-10). He was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, earning second-team honors the last two seasons.
'Lucas has been a tremendous asset to the team on and off the golf course,' said Head Coach Derek Freeman. 'We are disappointed that he is leaving UCLA. He feels that he is ready to pursue professional golf and we wish him great success. Our team will move on and is focused on becoming the best team in the country.'
Lee enjoyed a productive summer, finishing fourth at the Porter Cup and tied for seventh at the Western Amateur. Last fall he tried unsuccessfully as an amateur to advance through Q-School.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lee graduated from Torrance High in 2005 after an outstanding junior career in which he twice earned AJGA All-America honors.