My name is Jennie Lee and I am a rookie this year on the LPGA Tour. Ever since my junior golf days in Southern California, I’ve watched and admired the greats and pioneers of women’s golf on TV, dreaming that one day, I can be one of them. Putting contests amongst friends would always include, “if you make this putt, you win the U.S. Open”, or after draining a 15-footer on the practice green, “Dang, you’re so pro!” Every junior golfer dreams of the moment, imagining that the 12-foot putt downhill, left to right, is THE putt to winning the Championship. It’s hard to believe that after earning my LPGA Tour card through Qualifying School last December, I am at the doorsteps of making those dreams become reality.
I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. and after graduating from Edison High School, I earned a scholarship to play golf for Duke University in Durham, NC. Although a long way from home, I wanted to challenge myself to perform my best in a strong academic and athletic environment. Graduating in May of 2009 with a degree in Sociology, I turned professional following the NCAA Championships. I played on the LPGA Futures Tour for a year and half, learning the ways to live out of a suitcase and playing tournaments in consecutive weeks. Although traveling can be exhausting at times, I discovered how much I enjoy exploring new cities and also visiting Guy Fieri’s restaurant discoveries on his Food Network show “Drivers, Dine-Ins, and Dives”.
After LPGA Qualifying School last December, I have been spending my time at home in Henderson, NV. Our weather should be warming up with March just around the corner, but this past weekend, we had a storm come through the Las Vegas Valley, leaving the neighboring mountains covered in snow. Work on my golf game is going well as I am trying to be a little more precise in my practice routine (and of course, working on those downhill, left to right 12-footers) to prepare for the upcoming tournament season. My first LPGA event will be the RR Donnelly Founders Cup in Phoenix, AZ, followed by the Kia Classic in the City of Industry, CA.
My journey will begin in less than three weeks and am thrilled to meet new friends, players, sponsors, staff, fans, and others who make our events possible. I am still clueless as to tracking down the PB&J and bananas for my snacks on the course, or figuring out where to register for tournament weeks, but I do know for sure, I am a very lucky girl to be living my dream.
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