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.
Lee 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.