Lee Wins US Open National Playoffs Southern Qualifier
July 3, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Wake Forest junior Adam Lee is one step closer to playing in the 2012 US Open after winning the US Open National Playoffs Southern Qualifier, which was held at Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, Ga.
Lee defeated local teaching pro Danie van den Heever 7-5, 6-4 in the final match to secure a berth in the final round of the US Open National Playoffs where he will compete against 12 other sectional champions for a wild card into the qualifying tournament for the 2012 US Open. The final round of the USONP will be held Aug. 17-20 in New Haven, Conn. in conjunction with the WTA's New Haven Open.
"It felt great to win today, knowing that I am a step closer towards the US Open qualifying," said Lee. "Winning the tournament has given me more confidence for the other tournaments that I am playing this summer. I had to play really well to win this title, and I'm excited to keep that level up heading into the college season."
Lee had a tough road to reach the final, defeating Wake Forest teammate David Hopkins in the semifinals and Tennessee's Hunter Reese, who finished the year at No. 70 in the ITA rankings, in the quarterfinals.
The Auckland, New Zealand native had a strong year for the Demon Deacons in 2012, especially down the stretch as he won his last six matches of the season, all against ACC opponents.