Alison Lee of Valencia, California defeated Lori Beth Adams of Burlington, N.C. in 19 holes to win the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst. Lee, a rising sophomore at UCLA, continues to add to her impressive resume. She is this year’s winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, given to the top female college golfer, and is also a former champion of the ANNIKA Invitational (2012). She currently is ranked No. 3 in the women’s WAGR rankings.
Fumie (Alice) Jo of China defeated Eun Jeong Song of South Korea, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash. Jo, 15, who was a participant this year’s ANNIKA Invitational USA, became the first golfer from mainland China to win a USGA event. She is the second-youngest champion in WAPL history, after Michelle Wie, who won in 2003 as a 13-year-old. Jo is currently ranked No. 16 in the AJGA’s Polo Golf Rankings
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Alison Lee, a freshman at UCLA, has been named winner of the inaugural ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.
The ANNIKA Award honors the women’s collegiate player of the year as selected by a vote of college golfers, coaches and golf media members. The ANNIKA Foundation, 3M, Golfweek and the Fred Haskins Commission — which for 42 years has governed the premier award in men’s college golf, the Haskins Award – partnered to create the ANNIKA Award.
Lee, 19, finished her freshman campaign at UCLA with eight top-five finishes in 12 events and three individual wins, including the Pac-12 Championship. She was named the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Golfer of the Year, WCGA’s national Freshman of the Year, and first-team All-American. Lee broke the UCLA single season scoring record with a 71.0 average in 34 rounds, 20 of which were under par (another school record). She finished the season ranked the No. 1 player in the Golfweek and Golfstat Rankings.
“I feel really honored to win it and thankful for all the people who voted,” says Lee. “My freshman year has been so fun and I feel like I accomplished so much. To have the ANNIKA Award on my resume is huge.”
Annika is no stranger to the UCLA star, as Lee won the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational. “I am excited to announce Alison as the inaugural winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M,” says Annika. “She is great young player at UCLA who had a tremendous season and has a very bright future. I’m very happy for her.”
The ANNIKA Award will be presented to Lee at a Gala Dinner at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M to be held at Reunion Resort on September 27-30, 2014. Lee’s UCLA team is in the field along with 11 of the other top Division I women’s college teams in the country.
Doris Chen, a junior at USC and two-time participant of the ANNIKA Invitational USA, won the NCAA individual title by two strokes over Duke’s Celine Boutier. She impressively navigated Tulsa Country Club’s par-70 layout with rounds of 67-72-68-67 for a 6-under 274 total. She became the fifth USC player to win the individual title and second consecutive Trojan to win after teammate Annie Park’s win last year.
Doris adds this NCAA title to an already impressive amateur resume. In college, she won the 2012 Pac-12 individual title as a freshman and was named an All-American in 2012 and 2013. As a junior golfer, she won the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, was runner-up at the 2011 ANNIKA Invitational USA, and was a 5-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American (2007-2011). She is currently ranked #14 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
In the team portion of NCAA’s, Duke outlasted a final-round charge by USC to claim the team title by two strokes with a team total of 1130 (+10). It was Duke’s sixth national championship in program history. USC finished with a total of 1132 (+12), while UCLA finished in third at 1145 (+25). All three teams are scheduled to compete at the inaugural ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at Reunion Resort in Orlando this upcoming September.