From Ariya Jutanugarn’s dominating performance at the Concession Golf Club to her older sister Moriya making her way through LPGA Q-School, 2012 was a year to remember for girls junior golf.
Over the course of 10 days, we will bring you the top 10 players of the year starting at No. 10 and ending with the player who we think had the most impressive season.
Who’s No. 2? None other than California native Alison Lee.
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2. Alison Lee (Valencia, Calif.)
The resume: Lee had four top-five AJGA finishes in the 2012 season, including wins at the Annika Invitational and The Ping Invitational. The first team Rolex All-America finished No. 2 in the Golfweek girls junior rankings. In USGA championships, she was runner-up at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, was one of three amateurs to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open and made it to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She represented Team USA at the Junior Ryder Cup and played on the West Team for the AJGA Wyndham Cup.
Commentary: If you could say there is a first second place winner, A. Lee is it. This was Lee’s breakthrough year because she won she first ever Invitational on the AJGA. Like honorable mention player Shannon Aubert, she has been on the AJGA for-eve-er, so it was about time she won. It was Lee’s last full-year as a junior player. Two mistakes cost her the No. 1 spot on my list. She couldn’t hang on to her the lead at the Junior PGA Championship, which was eventually won by Jutanugarn. And even though she defeated No. 1-ranked amateur Lydia Ko in the U.S. Girls’ Junior semifinals, she lost in the finals after being 2 up with four holes to play. A bittersweet year for Alison Lee.