|Hendersonville's Lee starts summer with a victory|
|Friday, June 15, 2012|
A commitment to college, a win at a prestigious tournament and another big event coming up this week. That’s how Kevin Lee’s June begins.
The Hendersonville senior won the 88th annual Schooldays tournament last week at McCabe Golf Course and will travel to Bartlett’s Quail Ridge Golf Course next week to compete in the 32nd annual Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament (“The Bubba”).
Lee has committed to the University of Memphis where his brother Steven currently plays. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Championships last month for the first time since 1988.
“Watching them play pretty well in nationals was pretty big and watching the way coach (Grant) Robbins worked with them. I’m pretty comfortable there and I know quite a bit about the program.”
And now the pressure is off for his senior summer and senior year of high school to try and post scores for college coaches. Now he can post scores for himself this summer and the Commandos in the fall.
“It’s definitely big,” said Lee, adding it was between Memphis and Tennessee as to which school he would commit to. “I went into my freshman year and that was when I set the goal that wanted to play at a good DI school. It really takes a lot of stress off. I always wanted to commit early and I’m glad I did.”
Lee was the low medalist in the opening day at Schooldays (64) and took the top seed into the match play portion of the tournament. He defeated Clarksville’s Logan Martin (4-and-2), HHS teammate Noah Trenkler (in 19 holes), MBA’s Bevan Petrikin (3-and-2) and David Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong (3-and-2) to claim his second Schooldays crown. Lee also won the 12-13-year-old division in 2009. His win last week also enabled him to join his brother, who won in 2008, as the first set of brothers to win Don and Bowen Sargent (1980-81 and 85).
“It’s a huge honor,” Lee said of winning Schooldays. “Looking back and seeing some of the names that have won, it’s a phenomenal tournament and I’m really honored to win it.”
Now it’s on to The Bubba, in what Lee calls “probably the toughest field I will play all year,” the USGA Junior Amateur qualifier at Old Fort in Murfreesboro the following week and the Tennessee Junior Amateur at Black Creek Club in Chattanooga the second week of July.
“I’m really just going to try and take everything as it goes,” Lee said of the summer tournaments. “I want to go out and try to win every tournament I play in and try and take them one at a time and do my best.”
Click here to see a photo gallery of some of the Sumner County golfers that competed in last week's Schooldays tournament.
— Corby A. Yarbrough, Sports Editor
Photo by Corby A. Yarbrough l THE STANDARD