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Former Stanford standout closes with five birdies on the back nine to earn her first LPGA Tour win.



A 6-under final round and a calm approach to a challenge on the next-to-last hole earned Andrea Lee her first victory on the LPGA Tour.

Lee edged Daniela Darquea by one stroke to finish at 19-under par and win the LPGA AmazingCre Portland Classic on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

A former standout Stanford golfer, Lee was one of three golfers tied for the lead entering the final 18 holes. She got off to a challenging start with bogeys on two of her first three holes. But she birdied eight of her final 15 holes, including five birdies on the back nine.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Andrea Lee was the most consistent golfer off the tee and had the most birdies in the tournament on her way to winning the LPGA AmazingCre Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.A birdie on the par-3 16th gave Lee a two stroke lead with two holes to play. But her tee shot on 17 found a fairway divot and her second shot a sand trap. But she chipped from the sand to set up a short par putt.

"It was a bad break obviously, but nothing you could do about it. I was kind of in between clubs. I was debating whether I should hit a really full 7-iron or choke-up 6-iron, and I went with choke-6 and tugged it a little," Lee said. "I caught it pretty clean. I think if I aimed it a little bit more right it would've been on the green. But tugged it and went in the bunker. I just had to keep myself calm and try and get it up and down. Hit it to about a foot so that definitely helped calm the nerves."

Lee, who wins $225,000, was the most consistent player in the tournament, leading the field in birdies, fairways hit and greens hit in regulation.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Daniella Darquea of Ecuador finished second at the LPGA AmazingCre Portland Classic, which concluded on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.Darquea considered second place, her best LPGA finish, a great accomplishment. The 27-year-old from Ecuador has played in only five LPGA events in 2022 after losing full-time status heading into the year.

Five players finished two strokes back in third place: Narin An, Esther Henseleit, Hannah Green, Ayaka Furue and Lilia Vu. Furue and Vu entered Sunday tied with Lee for the lead.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Eugene native Caroline Inglis, a member at Columbia Edgewater Country Club who played college golf at Oregon, finished in a tie for 15th in the LPGA AmazingCre Portland Classic.Eugene native and former Oregon Duck Caroline Inglis, a Columbia Edgewater member, finished tied for 15th at 11 under par after shooting 1-under 71 on Sunday.


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