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Minjee Lee wins U.S. Girls' Junior Championship

Daly City, CA (Sports Network) - Minjee Lee was playing in a USGA championship for the first time.

She's 1-for-1.

Lee, a 16-year-old Australian, rallied from three holes down Saturday to beat Alison Lee in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

Minjee Lee held a 1-up lead through the first 18 holes but had fallen 3-down after 30.

She won the next three holes, however, going par-birdie-par while Alison Lee went bogey-par-bogey.

Minjee Lee won her fourth straight hole, the par-4 16th at Lake Merced Golf Club, after her opponent three-putted for a bogey. She sealed the win with pars on the last two holes.

It was only the third time players with the same last name met in a USGA final, and first time since 1932.

While Minjee was competing in her first USGA championship, 17-year-old Alison Lee was playing her 12th.

Both girls had moved on to the final with big upsets in Friday's semifinals -- Minjee beat defending champion and world No. 2 amateur Ariya Jutanugarn, while Alison topped world No. 1 Lydia Ko, both winning by 2 & 1 scores.

The finalists are not related.

07/21 20:20:19 ET


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