Yani Tseng Invitational Presented by the Swinging Skirts
The Farms Golf Club
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
June 29 - July 1, 2014
Lee crowned champion at inaugural Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts
Fresh off a Rolex Tournament of Champions victory, Andrea Lee earns second Invitational win
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – After two days and a total of 54 holes played at The Farms Golf Club, Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, took the title at the inaugural Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts. Lee carded a final tournament total of 12-under-par 204 and surpassed her closest competitor Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California, winning by five strokes. The field was made up of 72 girls ranging from ages 12-18, including 11 Rolex All-Americans and 27 AJGA Champions.
Lee, the No. 1-ranked player in the Polo Golf Rankings, went into the final round trailing Wu by one stroke. As the girls made the turn, Lee held a one-stroke lead over Wu. From there, she continued to gain momentum, carding four birdies on a bogey-free back nine and ending the round at 6-under-par 66.
“I was trying to stay calm throughout the whole round,” Lee said. “I knew it wasn’t over until the last hole, so I just tried to stay calm and stay positive.”
The three-time Rolex Junior-All American walks away with an exemption into the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, as well as her second Invitational title. Lee came into the tournament full of confidence and experience; she most recently made the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open, and secured her first Invitational win last week at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. She heads into next week on the West Team roster at the 25th annual Wyndham Cup alongside Wu.
Lee and Wu have known each other and have played golf for as long as the two can remember. After an impressive first two rounds, Wu held the lead by one stroke going into the final round. This provided a fierce, yet friendly final match-up on the last day of competition.
“It was really hard playing against Betany today knowing only one of us would win,” Lee said. “I always love playing with her, she’s a great friend of mine. We both made a lot of putts and I had a lot of fun out there with her today.”
Wu finished the tournament with an overall total of 7-under-par 209. Yu Ju Chen of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, took third with a tournament total of 4-under-par 212.