Minjee Lee makes first ace of her life at Kia Classic

Minjee Lee makes first ace of her life at Kia Classic

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Minjee Lee makes first ace of her life at Kia Classic

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — Minjee Lee never made an ace. Never made an albatross. She crossed both off of her list March 26 with one swing of a 5-wood on Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s par-4 16th at the LPGA Kia Classic.

Lee, 19, posted only the second hole-in-one on a par 4 in tour history. The first came in January at the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Ha Na Jang bowed and kissed the ground in dramatic fashion when she holed out from 218 yards on the par-4 eighth hole at the Ocean Golf Club.

Lee, an Aussie in her second year on tour, had a more subdued celebration.

“I didn’t see it go in,” said Lee, who played alongside Morgan Pressel. She first realized the ball went in about 10 yards off the tee box.

“(Morgan) was just like ‘Oh!’ and I was like ‘Yay!’ ”

Lee hit 5-wood from 234 yards right to left downwind. The ball landed short of the green and bounded up toward the hole as if on a string, rattling off the flagstick before dropping into the cup.

She posted a 2-under 70 in the third round and is tied for 18th at 5-under 211.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Lee, winner of last year’s Kingsmill Championship. “I can’t put it into words.”

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