Jennie Lee was born in Seoul but grew up in
the States. She became one of the top amateur golfers in the
country as a teen, playing on two Curtis Cups and advancing
to the quarterfinals of the US Women's Amateur several times.
She also played the US Women's Open several times; her best
finish was a tie for 39th in 2007, which also won her the
honor of the low amateur in the field.
Lee attended Duke University, where she was
on two NCAA Championship teams (2006 and 2007). After graduating,
she turned pro and joined the Futures Tour. In 2009, she only
made $14,000 there, which left her well short of the total
she needed to earn a tour card. She did much better in 2010,
earning $25,000, but that still left her in 18th place on
the money list.
In the Fall, however, Jennie went to LPGA
Q-School and finished tied for 14th. This was good enough
to earn full membership on that tour for 2011. She struggled
in her rookie season, however, only finishing 118th on the
money list. Still, she kept category 11 status for another
Lee had a much better 2012. She had her best
ever Major when she finished just outside the top 20 at the
US Women's Open. But her best result came at the Jamie Farr
Toledo Classic, where she shot two 67s, her career best scores,
to post her first ever top five, a tie for fifth.
Thanks to her strong play in those events,
she earned over $100,000 for the year and received her first
category 1 status tour card for 2013.
Lee made only five cuts in 2013, earning less
than $20,000. She missed the cut at Q-School that Fall and
lost her LPGA tour card as a result. She returned to the Symetra
Tour in 2014.