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It was only 18(-ish) holes, but Andrea Lee already has another win.
The freshman phenom fired a 4-under 68 Monday at the East Lake Cup, tying her with Stanford teammate Casey Danielson for the round of the day in the one-day stroke-play portion of the Atlanta event.
But there are no co-medalists at an event that invites the best. After birdieing her final two holes of regulation just to reach the matching number, Lee then outlasted Danielson on the sixth(!) playoff hole for the individual title.
With a 1-2 finish from Lee and Danielson, Stanford (at 6 under) unsurprisingly took the stroke-play portion of the East Lake Cup, defeating UCLA by five shots, Duke by eight and defending national champion Washington by 34 in the four-team women’s field.
The Cardinal enters the first of two days of match play as the No. 1 seed. The team will face No. 4 Washington on Tuesday while second-seeded UCLA takes on No. 3 Duke.
As for Lee, the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior runner up, she struggled to a tie for 23rd at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview but preceded that with a runner up and a win to open her college career.
With this latest result, Lee is proving how far she can run with a confidence-boosting summer.
“I played really well this summer and got a lot of experience, especially in match play,” Lee said. “I played in the World Amateur too in Mexico right before I went to college actually. It’s just been a bunch of golf for me but I think that really helped me transition well into golf at the collegiate level.”
On the men’s side there was no sweep, but a U.S. Junior stalwart did reign.
Texas’ Scottie Scheffler, the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, played East Lake’s Nos. 6-14 in 6 under on his way to a 66 and a two-shot triumph for the individual title. After a late bogey at 16, he took advantage of the par-5 18th with a tap-in birdie to secure his win.
Illinois’ Nick Hardy and Vanderbilt’s Will Gordon registered as his closest competitors at 4 under.
The heroics of Scheffler, a junior who hadn’t won a college tournament since the 2015 Big 12 Championship, weren’t enough to put the Longhorns over the top in stroke play, as Texas finished 1 under – five back of first place.
Vanderbilt took the crown in stroke-play with a 6-under total. Illinois was third at even and defending national champion Oregon finished fourth at 7 over.
Vanderbilt will enter match play as the No. 1 seed, taking on No. 4 Oregon while No. 2 Texas gets No. 3 Illinois.
See below for the full set of Tuesday match-ups, with tee times (all Eastern):
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Illinois
No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Oregon
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Duke
No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 Washington