Alison Lee joined an elite group of golfers when she won the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur earlier this year.
The tournament, which has been held in Pinehurst since its inception, has seen nine of the past 12 champions go on to join the LPGA tour.
Lee became the 10th Sunday, handily earning her spot on the 2015 Tour during the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. She posted five consecutive rounds of even-par or better (71-70-67-70-72) during the event held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The reigning Pac-12 Conference Champion will leave UCLA to turn pro. During her time with the Bruins, Lee set a single season scoring record of 71 and became the first player in school history to win the GolfStat Cup, collegiate golf’s scoring title.
Lee has played in three U.S. Women’s Opens, making the cut for the first time at the age of 14. She made the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year.
Earlier this year, Lee won the inaugural Annika Award, which is given to the top women’s college golfer in the country.
Here’s a look at some of the recent Women’s North and South Amateur winners who later joined the LPGA tour:
2003 — Brittany Lang
2004 — Morgan Pressel
Pressel has raised more than $3.4 million for breast cancer research through her annual Morgan Pressel and Friends Pro-Am Golf Tournament. She lost her mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, to the disease in 2003.
2005 — Yani Tseng
Five major championships, and 15 LPGA Tour wins. Not bad…
2006 — Jenny Suh
2007 — Alison Walshe
2009 — Amelia Lewis
2010 — Cydney Clanton
Clanton had the best finish of her pro career in September, tying for seventh place at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
2011 — Danielle Kang
In October, Kang made her second hole-in-one in eight days. The aces came with two shiny new cars, an Audi A6 T2.0 and a Buick Lacrosse.
2012 — Austin Ernst
Ernst won her first LPGA title in September, capturing the Portland Classic in sudden death over I.K. Kim.
2014 — Alison Lee