The number two ranked amateur in the world, Andrea Lee sits tied atop the leaderboard at the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. She shot a six-under-par 66 to open the 72-hole event. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

The number two ranked amateur in the world, Andrea Lee sits tied atop the leaderboard at the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. She shot a six-under-par 66 to open the 72-hole event. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

World’s second-ranked amateur Andrea Lee out in front at Canadian Women’s Am

Andrea Lee hasn’t played golf in over a month but showed no rust in the first round of the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

Lee, the second-ranked female amateur in the world sliced and diced the Red Deer Golf and Country Club to the tune of six-under-par 66 in the opening round.

She sits tied atop the leaderboard with fellow Californian Zoe Campos, who was equally scorching on the warm and sunny Alberta day.

“I’m confident with the way I’ve been playing. I’ve been out of competition for a while. The last tournament I played was the women’s open about a month and a half ago,” said Lee, who finished 60th at the U.S. Women’s Open her last time out.

“Haven’t really competed so it’s just exciting to be back out here competing against some of the best. Hopefully play well the rest of the week, too.”

Lee, who has her dad on the bag this week, started her day on the back nine and was two-under before she got hot. She ended with birdies on six of her last nine holes on the front.

“Got off to a bit of a slow start. Missed a couple of chances for birdie but managed to get a few on the front,” said the Hermosa Beach, Cali. native.

“Really minimized mistakes all day, only had two bogeys on two par 3s. Made a 20-footer and a 35-footer, so that helped definitely. Really satisfied with the way I played today.”

Overall, 156 players from 13 different countries teed it up Tuesday, with a cut on Wednesday after 36 holes.

The top Canadian after day 1 was Sarah-Eve Rheaume, 18, who shot a four-under 68. The Lac-Delage, Quebec native was tied for third after the opening 18-holes. She birdied six holes in her first round.

Medicine Hat’s Becky Martin, Alberta’s top amateur struggled somewhat in the opening round, carding a two-over-par 74.

Even if the round wasn’t exactly what she was looking for, Martin is doing her best to enjoy the moment and appreciate the experience.

“Started the front nine really well, I was two-under. Back nine just fell apart a little bit. Picked it up at the end and had some unfortunate lies, but that’s part of the game,” Martin said.

“At the end of the day, it’s not just a game, but it’s a game. I don’t need to create this super crazy idea where I have to become someone I’m not and I’ve never been and try to play the same as I have. I think it’s challenging not to get caught up in all of it, you also have to recognize it’s a big deal.”

Both Lee and Martin were complimentary of the set up at RDGCC after one round. Both new to the course, Lee said she was a big fan and enjoyed the challenge that it presented to start the week.

“It’s a beautiful course, I love it. Great condition, the greens are rolling really well. I think (Tuesday) there were a lot of tough pin placements I noticed. Near bunkers, so I tried not to short side myself,” Lee added.

“Putting myself in a good place off the tee for sure and just good tee shots so I can have a good attack into the green. The course is in front of you really. It’s pretty straight forward.”

Round two gets underway at 7:30 a.m.



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The number two ranked amateur in the world, Andrea Lee sits tied atop the leaderboard at the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. She shot a six-under-par 66 to open the 72-hole event. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

The number two ranked amateur in the world, Andrea Lee sits tied atop the leaderboard at the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. She shot a six-under-par 66 to open the 72-hole event. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Alyaa Abdulghany tees off on the first hole on day 1 of the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Alyaa Abdulghany tees off on the first hole on day 1 of the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Just Posted

Red Deer city council gave initial approval for more mixed-use developments in Riverside Light Industrial Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)
More industrial landowners in Red Deer are pursuing mixed-use zoning

A third of Riverside Light could become a commercial/industrial district

Central Alberta man facing second-degree murder in connection with December death.
Advocate file photo
Central Alberta man facing second-degree murder in connection with December death

Maskwacis RCMP said female found dead in Ermineskin Cree Nation residence last December

Red Deer College has been working towards obtaining university status for a couple of years. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer College’s university status back in question

Red Deer College should be worried that its university dreams could be… Continue reading

The Mountain Cree Traditional Band headquarters in Mirror, Alta. has been the target of theft and vandalism. (Photo submitted)
Vandals strike: Artifacts worth $1M gone from central Alberta museum

AWNTB says not enough been done to deter crime in Mirror, Alta.

Justin Kripps of Summerland and his team have competed in Olympic action and World Cup competitions in bobsleigh. (Jason Ransom-Canadian Olympic Comittee).
QUIZ: Are you ready for some winter sports?

It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of recreation opportunities in the winter months

Montreal Canadiens down Edmonton Oilers 3-1, sweep series

Montreal Canadiens down Edmonton Oilers 3-1, sweep series

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) loses the basketball as he tries to drive around Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris O'Meara
Lowry leads the way as Raptors down the Mavericks for their third straight win

Lowry leads the way as Raptors down the Mavericks for their third straight win

Johnny Gaudreau’s goal and assist paces Flames to 5-2 victory over Canucks

Johnny Gaudreau’s goal and assist paces Flames to 5-2 victory over Canucks

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Dec. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Tory MP Sloan accuses party of hypocrisy over efforts to have him expelled

Tory MP Sloan accuses party of hypocrisy over efforts to have him expelled

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 file photo Britain's Andy Murray reacts during a press conference following his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Former world number one Murray's participation at the upcoming Australian Open is in doubt after the Briton tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
Australian Open arrivals hit by 3 COVID-19 positive tests

Australian Open arrivals hit by 3 COVID-19 positive tests

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner (16) scores on an empty net and takes a hit from Winnipeg Jets defenceman Neal Pionk (4) during third period of action in Toronto on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Maple Leafs ride dominant second period to down Winnipeg Jets 3-1

Toronto Maple Leafs ride dominant second period to down Winnipeg Jets 3-1

Roman Sadovsky wins the Challenge, his only event of the figure skating season

Roman Sadovsky wins the Challenge, his only event of the figure skating season

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, speaks with International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

Most Read