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Lee wins Tri-State title on second playoff hole

August 12, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Haeun Lee went a long time without putting a birdie on her scorecard Monday.

When she finally did, it was one that mattered.

Lee birdied the second playoff hole against John Carey to win the Tri-State Junior Golf Association championship in the age 16-18 division at Beaver Creek Country Club.

Lee and Carey each shot 2-over-par 74 to forge a playoff and moved to a second hole after both parred the first.

On the par-4 13th hole, Carey maneuvered his approach shot beneath low hanging tree limbs to the backside fringe about 25 feet from the cup, while Lee parked her second shot about 15 feet below the hole.

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After Carey left his putt a foot right of the cup, Lee found the correct right-to-left uphill break and walked off with a victory.

"I only had two chances during the round for birdies, but I made the one that counted," said Lee, who will be a junior at Smithsburg. "I said to myself, 'I can make this,' and I came through."

For Lee, it completed a sweep of junior tournament wins, including the WACO Junior and Junior Masters.

For Carey, who has graduated from Shippensburg (Pa.) High School, a bogey on the 18th hole offset seven birdies during his round that could have given him a second straight Tri-State championship.

"I blocked my tee shot on 18 and my tee shot on the second playoff hole was just terrible," said Carey, who still was named Tri-State golfer of the year as one who exemplifies sportsmanship by maintaining a high standard of ethics on and off the golf course.

Chris Bushey matched the lowest round of the day with a 74 that included an even-par 36 on the back nine to win the age 14-15 division. He had four birdies in his round in posting his best Tri-State score.

"The greens held better today so I could be more aggressive," said Bushey, who played in the WACO Championship over the weekend. "I hit the ball great today."

Adam Poulson, of Hagerstown, won the 12-13 age division with an 81, his second win of the Tri-State season.

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