USC’s Ree wins at East Lake Cup

Robynn Ree of USC sank an eight-foot putt on the final hole to win the individual title, while Stanford led the way into match play in the East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club, home of the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Ree, a junior from Redondo Beach, shot 2-under-par 70, while defending champion Andrea Lee of Stanford, Olivia Mehaffey of Arizona State, Janet Mao of Northwestern and Shannon Aubert of Stanford tied for second at 71.

“I was just trying to play my game today,” said Ree (pictured with trophy), who might be playing in her final college event because she has qualified for the final state of LPGA Tour Qualifying School. “I kind of struggled before coming here because my putting wasn’t working as well as I wanted to at Q-School.

“Before I got here I was really over-thinking my game. So, I just tried to keep my mind at peace, focus on my game and have fun.”

Muni He of USC was sixth at 73, while Albane Valenzuela of Stanford shot 74 to tie for ninth with Linnea Strom of Arizona State, Alyaa Abdulghany of USC, Emily Wang of Stanford and Sarah Cho of Northwestern.

Stanford led stroke-play qualifying at 3-over 291, followed by USC at 297, Northwestern at 298 and Arizona State at 301.

Will Gordon of Vanderbilt took the men’s individual title at 72, while Grant Hirschmann of Oklahoma shot 73 to tie for second with Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt, Nick Hardy of Illinois and John Augenstein of Vanderbilt.

Dylan Meyer of Illinois totaled 74 to tie for sixth with Brad Dalke of Oklahoma, Norman Xiong of Oregon, Blaine Hale of Oklahoma, Harrison Ott of Vanderbilt and Garett Reband of Oklahoma.

Vanderbilt led men’s stroke-play qualifying at 292, followed by Oklahoma at 295, Illinois at 301 and Oregon at 313.

In the men’s match-play semifinals, Vanderbilt faced Oregon and Oklahoma took on Illinois.

On the women’s side, it was Stanford vs. Arizona State and USC against Northwestern.

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