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Tain Lee competing at the 2010 NCAA Championships  (courtesy NCAA Photos)
Tain Lee competing at the 2010 NCAA Championships (courtesy NCAA Photos)

Tain Lee '12 Earns Spot in PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open This Weekend

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Former Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golfer Tain Lee (CMC '12), who won an individual NCAA Division III National Championship in 2010, qualified for the first PGA Tour event of his professional career when he earned a spot in the Farmers Insurance Open, which will be held at Torrey Pines (South) this Thursday-Sunday.

Lee earned his way into the field through qualifying rounds, making it through pre-qualifying last week and then earning co-medalist honors at yesterday's qualifier, which was played through tough conditions in heavy wind, rain and hail. Despite the adversity, Lee finished his round with a 3-under 69, tying Andres Gonzales for the best round of the day out of the 94 entrants, and earning him one of four qualifying spots in this weekend's field. 

Lee has competed professionally for most of the last eight years since his graduation from Claremont McKenna, both internationally and on the Tour. In 2019, he earned a top-10 finish on Canada's Mackenzie Tour at the GolfBC Championship, coming in ninth, as well as a 12th place finish at the Windsor Championship. 

As a member of the Stags, Lee captured the 2010 NCAA Championship with a four-round score of 280 (-7), becoming the first member of the program to win an individual title. Ironically, the second-place finisher was Mitchell Fedorka of SCIAC rival La Verne, who finished three shots back (after shooting a 67 on the final day in a valiant comeback effort) and who now serves as the head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. 

Lee nearly made it two straight individual championships at the 2011 NCAA Championship before settling for a runner-up finish and adding a fifth-place finish in 2012. He was a first-team All-American all four seasons, while also earning the Jesse Clark Sportsmanship Award from the SCIAC in addition to all-league honors. 

To follow Lee's progress at the Farmers Insurance Open, which gets underway on Thursday morning, go to the official tournament website below. The Golf Channel will also have coverage from 12-3 p.m. (PST) with a live simulcast stream at CBS will have coverage of the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. 

Farmers Insurance Open Website