Joanne Lee Wins NCGA Women's Championship at Poppy Hills

July 14, 2009

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. -

Short game was the key for Joanne Lee as she nabbed the Northern California Golf Association Women's Championship at Poppy Hills.

Lee headed straight for the chipping area after yesterday's round at Spyglass Hill and it paid off today. The Cal Berkeley junior parred the first five holes of the day and then went on to make birdie at the par-4 8th hole and also the par-5 12th.

'I felt like I could attack the pins more today,' said Lee, who finished at nine-over-par 154 to win by one stroke.

The 20-year-old gained confidence heading into the final round at Poppy Hills, after almost two years out of tournament play, having redshirted last year at Cal. Lee improved by eight strokes in the final round after posting an 81 at Spyglass, and captured the title having never played in the championship before,'I wanted to play in competition over the summer and this was close to home.'

But the San Carlos resident is used to elite competition, winning the NCGA Junior Championship in 2007 at Lake Merced, playing in the U.S. Women's Amateur for five straight years as a junior and competing as an amateur at the U.S. Women's Open in 2006 and 2007.

Photo Gallery from the tournament.

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