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Lee hits the books before earning title

August 05, 2008|By Tim Koelble

Some recent late-night studying did not leave Haeun Lee feeling too refreshed to play golf on Monday.

Saying she wasn't 100 percent, Lee still managed to shoot a 3-over-par 75 at Beaver Creek Country Club to win her second straight WACO Junior Championship and Player of the Year honors.

"I was a little tired from studying," said Lee, who is preparing for an upcoming SAT test. "My chipping wasn't good."

Lee, who will play next in Wednesday's Junior Masters Tour final at Black Rock and in next Monday's Tri-State Junior championship at Beaver Creek, had nines of 39 and 36. Her lone birdie did not come until the 17th hole, but she kept her game compact enough to stay on top.

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"I had four lipouts (putting)," she said. "I expect to do well (in the next two tournaments) and play better than today."

Zach Weber had a 40-37-77 for a second-place finish, and had he enjoyed a little more success with his putter, he might have done better.

"I had 12 reasonable putts within 20 feet and I missed them bad," he said. "I couldn't get the right line and my speed was bad."

Dustin Starliper placed third with a 41-39-80 and, along with Lee and Weber, earned a $500 scholarship from WACO.

Among the 9-hole group of players on Beaver Creek's back nine, Luke Shindle placed first with a 47.

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