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May 19

LPGA Rookie Minjee Lee Makes Big News at Kingsmill

Minjee Lee Wins Kingsmill Championship

The LPGA’s winners continue to get younger, or so it seems. At the Kingsmill Championship, presented by JTBC it was Minjee Lee’s turn to cross the threshold.
Minjee LeeLee made history on Monday at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. Her three-shot victory over Alison Lee made the 18-year old just the seventh player in the 66-year history of the LPGA Tour to win a tournament before her 19th birthday.
That list includes Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Marlene Hagge, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda.
Lee finished the 72 holes over the Pete Dye test at Kingsmill at 15-under par 269. She becomes the third rookie to win on the LPGA Tour this season.
Ironically, she and Alison Lee shared medalist honors at the final stage of Q-School last fall.
“I know we’re rookies,” Minjee Lee said, “but I feel like so many rookies are doing so well. I think we kind of found that kind of fire in us to play well. I think we both want to do really well because so many rookies are winning and doing so well out here.
Alison Lee also took a lot of positives out of the week.
“It’s a new learning experience every week,” she said. “Even though I didn’t come out on top this week, I really learned a lot. I’ll take it to every tournament I go and remember it.
“Yeah, and I’m really happy for Minjee. Her and I go way back. We have had like a little rivalry since we were young. I’m so proud of her. She’s a great player.

* There was one caveat to Lee’s win; the Monday finish forced her to miss her tee time for a U.S. Women’s Open qualifier that was scheduled for Monday in Richmond. No matter. By virtue of winning at Kingsmill, Lee is assured a place in the Women’s Open field.

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Rick Woelfel

Rick spent more than 15 years in broadcasting before going into print journalism; covering a wide variety of sports during his career but derives his greatest satisfaction from writing about golf and golf history.
He first covered the LPGA Tour in 1986 while still in broadcasting, and has been covering golf ever since, at both the amateur and professional levels.
Rick was a staff writer for Philadelphia Golfer from 1996-2003 and served as the associate editor of Philadelphia Golf Magazine and New Jersey State Golf from 2004-2007.
Since 2007 he has edited and published Women’s Golf Report, an e-zine devoted to women’s golf, while also writing for other golf outlets. He is also a correspondent for two Philadelphia-area daily newspapers and a contributor to Referee, a periodical devoted to sports officiating.