By Andrew Tan
After a fifth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships with Stanford women’s golf, rising-senior Andrea Lee has been named the winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal, which recognizes the top player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
Lee helped anchor the Cardinal last season as one of Stanford’s top two players — along with Pac-12 women’s golfer of the year Albane Valenzuela, a fellow rising senior — leading the team to a fourth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championship. Lee also earned first-team honors in 2019 as an All-American and All-Pac-12 player for the third straight year.
For her efforts, Lee spent seven weeks as the No. 1 player in WAGR last season and has consistently ranked in the top five over the past two years. A semifinal appearance at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and a third-place finish at the Canadian Women’s Amateaur Championship in the past month only bolstered Lee’s case for the award.
“To receive the McCormack Medal is such a great honor, and is one of the most rewarding achievements of my amateur career,” Lee said. “It goes to show that all of my hard work throughout this past year has really paid off, and to be at the top of the rankings is a very surreal feeling.”
Besides being a leader on the current Stanford team, Lee is one of the most accomplished golfers in school history, with eight individual victories to her name, tied for the program record. As a junior, she won the Northrop Grumann Regional Challenge and tied for first in the Ping-ASU Invitational.
Lee will look to turn in a strong final season with the Cardinal when Stanford begins its 2019-20 season on Sept. 30 at the Molly Intercollegiate in Portland.
“This will only serve as further motivation to continue to work towards my goals in this game,” Lee said.