Daniel Lee (No. 11, 2011) commits to USC

Daniel Lee, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, told Golfweek that he has made a verbal commitment to Southern California.

Lee, of Valencia, Calif., said he had narrowed down his decision to USC and Texas A&M, but in the end wanted to stay close to home. He said his house is about a 40-minute drive to the USC Campus “without traffic.”

“I’m a family-oriented guy,” said Lee, 17. “I wanted to stay close to my parents, and their athletics progam is amazing.”

Lee’s coach, Bob Lasken, will also be close by at Arroyo Trabuco in Laguna Hills.

Lee’s breakout moment on the national junior golf scene came at the 2009 Thunderbird International Junior, where he shot rounds of 65-63-70 to set 18-, 36-, and 54-hole records en route to his first AJGA victory. At one point during the tournament, he played 40 holes without making a bogey at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course.

Lee said that week piqued the interest of a lot of coaches. “Oh yeah, it did,” he said. Not surprisingly, USC coach Chris Zambri followed Lee during those rounds.

“I’m excited, I made a really good decision,” said Lee, who made two unofficial visits to USC.

On his first visit last October, he watched the USC football team beat Notre Dame. On a more recent visit he went on a campus tour.

“I’m glad it’s done,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about it anymore.”

Last week, Lee finished tied for 60th last week at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods with rounds of 81-74-82. He said his short game was off and he had a “tough time” with the Bermuda greens.

He said his summer schedule includes all the AJGA invitationals, and several amateur events including the Terra Cotta Invitational and Western Amateur.

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