Former Bellevue golf star Richard Lee earns PGA Tour card
Richard H. Lee, former Washington Husky, earns PGA Tour card | Golf
Richard H. Lee, a 2010 All-American for the Washington Huskies, earned a PGA Tour card with a final-round surge at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, Calif.
Ex-Washington Husky Lee earns PGA Tour card
Richard H. Lee, a 2010 All-American for the Washington Huskies, earned a PGA Tour card Monday.
Lee rallied in the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, Calif., to secure the card and earn $25,000.
Lee, 24, is a graduate of Newport High School in Bellevue who was a standout at Bellevue College before transferring to Washington.
Lee was in 108th place after two rounds of the six-day event and worked his way up to a tie for 34th by shooting a 7-under-par 65 Sunday in the fifth round. He closed with a 4-under 68 to tie for 24th place at 9-under 423; the cutoff for a Tour card was 8 under.
Lee played his last five holes of the 108-hole event in 5 under, including birdies on the final two holes.
There were 29 players at 8 under or better, but two already had earned PGA Tour cards by finishing among the top 25 on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list. Thus 27 Tour cards were handed out Monday.
Of the players earning cards at PGA West, Lee was the only one who played the TPC Stadium Course in the final round. The others played the Nicklaus Tournament Course.
Brendon Todd (68) finished first at 17 under and earned $50,000.