NCAA Hunt for Blessings: Jaclyn Lee giving up the hunt for the LPGA Tour

NCAA top golfers are faced with the decision of forgoing their season for the LPGA tour. Some are still deciding but Jaclyn is ready to become a pro!

Ohio State stayed on the 2017-2018 Road to the NCAA up to the national championship at Karsten Creek in Oklahoma, finishing at 23rd place within the NCAA National Tournament. While the team missed the cut at 23rd, the Buckeyes’ Canadian standout Jaclyn Lee represented her team in the final rounds as an individual.

Lee went into the final round sitting high, tied for 3rd but with a few bumps in the road that she struggled to come back from. She finished 5th in the tournament but on top with Ohio State.

Lee went home to Ohio to claim the top individual finish in program history! She also claimed the individual single-season scoring record with a 71.14

“Recording the best finish in school history means a lot to me,” Lee said. “It would’ve been great to go out there and win it today but I put myself in some difficult situations on the golf course and recovered on the last hole. I played my heart out and that’s all I can ask for.”

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Jaclyn Lee of Ohio State tees off on the second hole during the Division I Women’s Golf Individual Championship held at the Karsten Creek Golf Club on May 21, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Shane Bevel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Lee returned to Ohio State to play for the fall 2018-19 season where she was graciously offered the chance to play at the new Q-Series along with her fellow competitors. After playing her way through to the top of the field, Lee was one of the seven standout collegians offered an LPGA tour card starting this spring. The offer directly conflicted with the collegiate spring golf season at respective NCAA schools.

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While multiple girls took the offer the minute it was handed, Lee went back to Ohio to think before giving her answer to forgo and take her chances on the LPGA.

“This is not a decision I made lightly — which is why it took so long for me to come to a conclusion. I’m extremely touched by all the support I have received so far from all the parties involved in my decision,” said Lee.

Lee believes she’s ready to take on the professional world and even though she’s leaving, her Buckeye family has her back as she continues her journey to the next level.

Coach Therese Hession released this statement after the announcement of Lee forgoing her spring season.

With mixed emotions we are saying farewell and the very best of luck to Jaclyn Lee who will be departing early from Ohio State for the LPGA Tour. Jaclyn entered Ohio State ranked 622 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and in three and a half years quickly moved to the Top 20 in the world! We are thrilled for the opportunity ahead of her and are so proud she will have the opportunity to play with the best in the world and still complete her degree. We will miss her this spring, but are so proud of all she helped accomplish while at Ohio State.

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Jaclyn Lee of Ohio State checks her scorecard beside head coach Therese Hession during the Division I Women’s Golf Individual Championship held at the Karsten Creek Golf Club on May 21, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Shane Bevel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The NCAA fans are going to miss Lee this spring as her Buckeyes get prepared to kick off their spring season but we’re all here rooting for her success in the LPGA.

Holding records at Ohio State will be some of Lee’s biggest NCAA accomplishment and she’ll go down in school history as one of the best golfers to leave Ohio State. The best of luck from all of us watching here and around the world Jaclyn!

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