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Jaguar golfer's dedication makes her stand out

Amelia Lee honored for results, consistency on course

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One thing all the leaderboards at most girls high school golf tournaments last spring had in common was the name of Rock Canyon senior Amelia Lee.

Lee was always among the leaders and her consistency was one of the reasons she was selected at the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Golfer of the Year.

She was a four-time state qualifier, averaged 75.75 this spring to rank third lowest in the Continental League, won four league tournaments, finished second in the regionals and was third in the Class 5A state tournament after leading the first round.

After coming in with an opening day state tournament score of 75 on May 22 at The Club at Rolling Hills, Lee's second round of 80 left her a shot out of a playoff for medalist honors.

“I didn't play as well as I wanted to but it was OK,” she said while masking her disappointment. “I had fun.”

Jaguars coach Dave Vahling, however, wasn't surprised by Lee's resolve.

“So besides the stats, Rock Canyon's golf team looked for Amelia's leadership each week going into league and invitational tournaments,” said Vahling.

“She was one of the best girls to work with, having her personal pro and two coaches giving her more advice than any common person could process and using it to make her golf game better each week,” he continued. “And while doing all of this maintaining a 4-plus grade-point average.”

Lee will be playing studying and playing golf next season at Creighton University.

“I know what needs to be worked on,” said Lee, “definitely the putting and getting on in regulation.”

It didn't take Vahling long to realize he had a special golfer in Lee.

“I could tell from the first time I saw her she had what it takes to play golf at the next level,” said Vahling. “She would come to practice after playing earlier that day in a tournament. You very rarely see that with girl golfers. Even from most of the boys players too.”

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