Updated: January, 2017

ALISON LEE

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The Facts

Birthday: Unknown; around 21 in 2017
Rookie Year: 2015
Birthplace: Valencia, California
Best LPGA Finish:
2nd (2016 KEB Hana Bank Championship)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-6th (2015 Evian Championship)
Best Score: 63 (2015 JTBC Founders Cup)
Best Scoring Average: 70.73 (2015)
Best Season Money Total: $628,676 (2015)
Best Season Money List Position: 23rd (2015)
Most Top Tens/Season: 6 (2015)
Rookie of the Year Finish: 5th
Height: 5' 9"
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
Nicknames: None Known
Sponsors: None Known
How's her English?: Fluent
Hobbies: Shopping, baking, Pinterest
Road to the LPGA: Finished T-1st at 2014 Q-School

Capsule Bio

Alison Lee is a Korean American born and raised in Southern California. She was a star golfer even as a junior player, starting the game when she was 6 years old. She achieved All-American honors in the AJGA for six straight years (2008-2013). She won 9 AJGA tournaments.

Among her other junior accomplishments was being a three-time member of the Junior Solheim Team (all three teams won); a two time member of the Junior Ryder Cup Team; and a 26th place finish at the 2009 US Women's Open.

In 2013, she enrolled at UCLA, where she promptly became a big star on the college circuit. In fact, she won the ANNIKA award for top female college golfer in 2013. She won the 2014 PAC-12 Freshman and Player of the Year award, and set the record for lowest scoring average for a season in UCLA history. Lee also played on the 2014 Curtis Cup team, where she achieved a 3-1-1 record.

In her Sophomore year, she continued to be one of the top ranked college players in the country, earning PAC-12 Golfer of the Month for both September and November.

In December, she entered the LPGA Qualifying School. She wound up tying with Minjee Lee for first place, earning her tour card for 2015. She turned pro and dropped out of school to pursue her dream career on the LPGA.

Lee had a great rookie season, finishing 23rd on the money list with over $600,000 earned. She contended in her very first event, the Coates Championship, winding up tied for 13th. A few events later, she again was in the mix, notching her first top ten, a 4th, at the Kia Classic.

But Lee's best chance for a win came at the Kingsmill Championship in May. She was leading in the third round when she made some silly mistakes that probably cost her the title. Minjee Lee came roaring from behind to take the title, with Alison finishing 3rd.

Lee wasn't done; she managed three top tens in a row starting at the Cambia in Portland and ending at the Evian, where her tie for 6th was her first top ten in a Major. In the end, she produced 6 top tens in 2015 and finished 5th in the Rookie of the Year race. Given how many great players were in that race (three of them won tournaments; the other player ahead of her, Ha Na Jang, had four runner-up finishes), Alison did herself proud with that result.

Alison also managed to qualify for the Solheim Cup in just one year, which is a very hard thing to do, given that everyone else on the team had two years to amass points. But she was also involved in the most controversial moment of the 2015 event. Paired with Brittany Lincicome, and playing against Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull, Alison picked up a putt she thought the other team was conceding. But they had not conceded, and Lee cost her team the point and thereby the match. Many thought Pettersen was petty for not giving the short putt after the mistake happened, but Lee was also questioned for her action and her explanation that she had in fact heard a concession (no one else did). It was unfortunate, but it did cause the Americans to rally and beat the Europeans in the end.

Lee also got a chance to play in the Hanwha Classic on the KLPGA tour, where she finished tied for 22nd.

Lee had a terrible start to the 2016 season, but this might have been in part because she was simultaneously studying at UCLA. In any event, after a couple of top twenties, she went into a tailspin, at one point missing five straight cuts. Starting in July, however, she began to rebound, notching a tie for 6th at the Marathon Classic, and another top ten at the Canadian Women's Open.

The highlight of Lee's season came in Korea at the KEB Hana Bank Championship. She was in or near the lead all week. In the final round, Spain's Carlotta Ciaganda put pressure on her, and Lee struggled. But she bounced back and climbed to a one shot lead with only the par 5 18th hole to play. Alas, she decided to go for the pin and put her approach into the water. She bogied to fall into a playoff with Ciganda, which she eventually lost.

Lee's season wound up slightly worse than 2015: 5 top tens, $470,783 earned, 38th on the money list. She still has full status on tour for 2017.

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