Andrea Lee wins LPGA AmazingCre Portland Classic
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.
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.
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.
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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