Lee adds another title to her collection

August 07, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

The difference in the outcome of Wednesday's fifth annual Junior Masters Tour Championship was on the greens at Black Rock Golf Course.

A pair of Smithsburg High School players were the top contenders and Haeun Lee held steadfast with her putting to outlast Chris Bushey for her second straight Masters title and second victory in three days, following up on her WACO Junior win Monday.

Lee covered the girls' layout of 5,179 yards in 3-over-par 75, while Bushey finished second, posting a 6-over 78 from the boys' 6,156-yard layout.

Lee made it through her round without any three-putt greens, while Bushey had five, three coming on the last three holes as Lee made up four shots.


"The greens were OK but you just had to deal with it," said Lee of Black Rock's greens, which had just been aerated over the weekend.

"The (aeration) definitely affected my putting," said Bushey, who held a one-stroke lead through the 15th hole following a string of four pars.

The turning point came on the 16th hole, a par 5 of 432 yards for Lee and 473 yards for Bushey. Lee posted her only birdie of the round there and Bushey had a three-putt double bogey, his lead turning into a one-shot deficit.

Lee, who will get a chance at a junior trifecta championship sweep Monday in the Tri-State Junior Championship at Beaver Creek Country Club, joined former Smithsburg golfer Brandon Sheaffer (2004-05) as a two-time winner. Alicia Grier won in 2006.

Jesse Mendez shot a 5-over-par 41 to win the nine-hole, first-flight crown.

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