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Stanford golf recruit to play for girls junior title

 

Incoming Stanford freshman Andrea Lee defeated top-seeded Hye-Jin Choi of South Korea, 1-up, in the semifinals of the U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championships at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. on Friday.

Lee birdied the final two holes to overcome Choi, who won the first two holes of the match but double-bogeyed on the 14th hole, which opened the door for Lee, who reached the quarterfinals in each of the past two championships..

She'll meet Korea's Eun Jeong Seong in Saturday's championship. The third-seeded Seong, the defending champion, downed Yujeong Sun, 4 and 3, in the semifinals.

A win would make Lee the first player to win the U.S. girls' junior championship and represent the U.S. in the Curtis Cup match in the same year in 52 years.

"I'm playing with a really good friend of mine, Eun Jeong, and obviously she won this event last year, so I'm going to be competing against the top player," Lee said. "I'm just going to stick to my game plan, hopefully play like I've been the whole week, and see what happens."

Lee owns a victory over Seong, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.

“Andrea is an extremely accomplished golfer not only at the junior level but also at the amateur level," Stanford women's golf coach Anne Walker said when Lee signed her letter of intent. “She has a steady, consistent game that puts her in position to win every golf tournament she plays. Her commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the golf course sets her apart from her peers. I believe that Andrea will jump into the college golf world like a veteran player and we are more than thrilled that she chose Stanford."

Experienced in international competition, Lee played in the 2012 Junior Open Championship, was a member of the 2013 and 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup Team, the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup Team, the 2012-14 Wyndham Cup Team, and for the United States in 2015 Pan American Games, where she won a silver medal.

An all-around athlete, competed in soccer, figure skating and Tae Kwon Do, earning a black belt at age 10.

Men's soccer

Jordan Morris, the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy winner and current Seattle Sounders forward, was one of 18 players named to Washington Youth Soccer's All-Time Men's Team announced Thursday.

The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016 and during the first half of the year held a public vote to determine which players the soccer community felt were the best.

A panel of long-time, Washington soccer experts then helped create the best roster of 18 men that the state has produced, of which Morris is the youngest member.

Morris, who decided to forgo his senior season on The Farm and signed with the Seattle Sounders as a Homegrown Player in January, was named the Most Outstanding Player at the College Cup after leading the Cardinal to the program's first NCAA title with a two-goal performance in the championship in December.

Stanford routed Clemson, 4-0, extending the school's streak of at least one NCAA team championship to 40 year (an ongoing record) while earning its 108th NCAA team title and 129th overall. Morris' two goals were the first multi-goal effort for a player in a title game since 1997.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Morris had a career-high 13 goals in 18 appearances for Stanford in 2015. In his final 14 games with the Cardinal, the junior had 12 goals, three assists and 27 points.

He finished fifth in the country in game-winning goals (6), fifth in goals per game (0.72), seventh in total goals (13) and 12th in points per game (1.61). He finished his three-year collegiate career with 52 starts in 54 games played, 23 goals, including nine game winners, 16 assists and 62 points.

The Mercer Island, Wash. native has also appeared nine times for the MNT and in November 2014 became the first active collegian to do so since 1995 when he came on in the 76th minute in a friendly against Ireland in Dublin.

Morris leads all MLS rookies this season with a team-high seven goals and is slated to appear in the annual Chipotle Homegrown Game during MLS All-Star Week next week.

The MLS Homegrown Team team will take on the Mexico Under-20 national team in the third incarnation of the Homegrown Game on July 27 at 6 p.m. at Avaya Stadium, the home of the San Jose Earthquakes.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USGA

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