UCLA’s Lee weighs split-season option

Alison Lee loves school. But not enough to stay a full-time college player another year. Lee, who ended her freshman year No. 1 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin College Rankings, heads to the first stage of LPGA Q-School later this month. She intends to play for UCLA this semester but turn professional if she were to earn a tour card.

“I feel like my game is ready,” said Lee, who will complete the spring semester of college golf if she doesn’t earn full status.

Lee, 19, advanced to the quarterfinals at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y., before losing to eventual runner-up Brooke Mackenzie Henderson . This marked Lee’s seventh and final Women’s Amateur .

Lee first qualified for a USGA event, the Girls’ Junior, at age 12 and “miraculously” made the cut . A 2014 Curtis Cup player, Lee competed in her first U.S. Women’s Open at 14 and lost In the final of the Girls’ Junior to Minjee Lee (no relation) at 17 .

“I’m really disappointed that I couldn’t make it all the way this year,” said Lee, who three-putted three times in her loss to Henderson.

Lee is an obvious choice to represent the U.S. in the World Amateur Team Championship, held the week after the first stage of Q-School, Sept. 3-6 in Japan .

Another standout player, USC’s Doris Chen, signed up for Q-School but insists she will stop after two stages.

Chen, the 2014 NCAA champion, said she wants only Symetra Tour status and intends to finish her degree in international relations. Chen withdrew after nine holes of stroke-play qualifying, citing a sore ankle. Two months ago she took up ice skating and had suffered a recent spill.

“Lesson learned,” Chen said. “I shouldn’t go ice skating when I’m tired.”

Show Hide