Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee missed a birdie putt on the 23rd hole but went on to win.

WEST POINT Andrea Lee only led once in her Round of 16 match against Alexa Pano in the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on a steamy Thursday afternoon at Old Waverly Golf Club. But it came at the most important time.

A two-putt par on the 23rd hole, the par-4 fifth, sealed the victory for the No. 2 player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings.

A senior at Stanford, the 20-year-old Lee forced extra holes by converting a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Lee and stroke play co-medalist Pano, 14, then tied the next four holes before the longest match of the championship was decided when Pano failed to convert a 15-foot par putt after a wayward tee shot into the 2½-inch rough.

Lee, a semifinalist in 2014, earned a quarterfinal matchup this morning against 2018 USA Curtis Cup teammate Lucy Li, a 16-year-old Californian.

“She’s a tough competitor for sure, and it’s going to be a tough match,” said Lee. “It’s going to take some of what I did today to beat her.”

Li, meanwhile, earned her third consecutive trip to the quarterfinals. The youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history – she was 11 in 2014 at Pinehurst – overcame shaky putting early in her match against Kent State senior Pimnipa Panthong, to earn a 2 and 1 win.

The fourth-ranked Li made five birdies against one bogey over her last nine holes, including the clincher on the par-3 17th.

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