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Stanford's Lee grabs first day lead at Pac-12 golf preview

Andrea Lee is the first day leader of the Pac-12 women's golf preview in Hawaii. Photo by David Bernal/

Stanford sophomore Andrea Lee fired rounds of 69 and 67 to finish at 9-under and earned the first day lead Monday in the fifth Pac-12 Women's Golf Preview at sunny and scenic Nanea Golf Club.

Lee, who already has two victories this season, most recently last week when she shared medalist honors at the Stanford Intercollegiate at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, lifted the Cardinal into second place after 36 holes in the elite 12-school event hosted by the University of Hawaii. She stands at 9-under 137 heading into Tuesday's final round.

Gunther Matta
Stanford combined for a two-round score of 9-under 575 (290-285), shooting 7-under in the afternoon session. UCLA is setting the pace at 20-under 564 (284-280). Cal is third at 8-over 592.

Lee carded 10 birdies and only one bogey on the day. The latter resulted from a one-shot penalty in the second round when she addressed the ball before a wedge shot and it moved.

Lee has a two-stroke lead over Lilia Vu of UCLA.

Senior Shannon Aubert aided the Cardinal cause with a pair of 1-under 72s and is tied for fifth. Freshman Mika Liu shot 74-72 and is tied for ninth at even-par 146, followed by sophomore Ziyi Wang (75-75) and sophomore Albane Valenzuela (78-73).

Men's tennis

Stanford junior Sameer Kumar reached the singles main draw quarterfinals to highlight the Cardinal contingent at the ITA Northwest Regional Tennis Championships at Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center in Stockton.

Kumar defeated Sacramento State's Mikus Losbergs in a thrilling three-set match Saturday, before dropping a 6-1, 6-4 decision to California's Paul Barretto Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Timothy Sah, playing in his first ITA event, earned three straight-set wins to earn a spot in Saturday's round of 16 match against Portland's Mike Pervolarakis, ranked No. 57 in the ITA rankings and seeded second in the draw. Pervolarakis prevailed in a three-set match to end Sah's run.

Kumar and Sah also had a strong run in the main doubles draw, where the duo advanced to the round of 16, before falling to California's Billy Griffith and JT Nishumura on Saturday.

Cal junior Gunther Matta, a Menlo School grad, teamed with Can Taya in doubles and reached the quarterfinals before losing to a team from Gonzaga.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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