College Women

UCLA faces loaded ASU Invitational without Lee

UCLA freshman Alison Lee will not compete in the Ping/ASU Invitational.
UCLA freshman Alison Lee will not compete in the Ping/ASU Invitational. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, April 3, 2014

With seven top-10 teams, the Ping/ASU Invitational offers one of the best fields college golf can offer – but UCLA freshman Alison Lee will be facing some steeper competition this weekend.

Lee will be absent from the Bruins lineup after accepting a sponsor's invite to the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

“We’re very proud that Alison Lee will be playing in the Kraft Nabisco Championship,” UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth said in a release. “She has put together an outstanding freshman season, and playing in the LPGA’s first major of the season is a great reward for all of her hard work and accomplishments. We’re cheering for her to make the cut.”

While Lee will be notably absent Friday through Sunday at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., Stanford will have its full lineup intact. Mariah Stackhouse received an exemption to play among the LPGA's best, but turned it down to compete with the Cardinal.

Twelve teams competing at the tournament are included in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings' top 50.

The complete field includes Arizona (No. 8), Arizona State (No. 6), California (No. 37), Duke (No. 3), Oklahoma (No. 10), Oregon (No. 34), Oregon State, South Carolina (No. 12), Stanford (No. 4), Texas, UC Davis (No. 40), UCLA (No. 2), Vanderbilt (No. 11), Washington (No. 9) and Washington State.

Alabama won the tournament last year by nine strokes, topping runner-up Duke. The Crimson Tide set a tournament record with a score of 19-under 845. Alabama will not return this year to compete.

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