Esther Lee's First Pro Win Comes in Second Start

Esther Lee finished her collegiate career at the University of Colorado just a couple months ago. But she didn't have to wait long after turning pro to earn her first winner's check: Esther won in just her second start as a professional golfer.

That tournament was the Long Beach Women's Open, part of the Cactus Tour schedule, that concluded on Aug. 3. Lee carded rounds of 73, 69 and 67 to finish at 7-under 209 and claim the win by a single stroke. It was a birdie on the second-to-last hole that provided that winning stroke.

Esther told us she "thought that playing the Cactus Tour events in California would be a good mental refresher before diving into Q-School."

Her first tournament as a pro happened a week before she won at the Cactus Tour's Mission Hills tournament. And she finished fourth in that event with a 3-under final score.

"Playing well in the first tournaments since college is definitely a confidence booster," Esther said, "and I'm just ready to play through Q-School and get my card."

Playing well in the Mission Hills tour event should carry its own confidence boost for Lee, apart from the good finish, because that's where LPGA Q-School begins. Esther, and hundreds of other LPGA hopefuls, tee off in the Stage I qualifier Aug. 24-27. It's doubtful any others in the field will go into it as hot as Esther, though.

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