Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee plays her tee shot at the ninth hole during the round of 16 at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.

WEST POINT – It was all about survival for women’s amateur golfer Andrea Lee at Old Waverly on Thursday.

Lee fought back and outlasted Alexa Pano in 23 holes, including five playoff holes, to win a match she never lead in until the final hole at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

“It was a mix of relief and excitement,” Lee said. “I’m really looking forward to being back in the quarterfinals (today).”

A birdie putt on No. 18 for Lee forced the playoff, and she said she was shaking as she stood over the putt. She drained it and forced a playoff that lasted five rounds as Pano and Lee forced ties on holes 1-4 until the last hole on No. 5.

The senior golfer for Stanford University said that the day was hard but she didn’t really think about how tired she was until the round ended.

For more on the quarterfinal field for the U.S. Women's Amateur, see Friday's Starkville Daily News or Daily Times Leader.

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