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Tain Lee (third from left) and the 2011 CMS men's golf team
Tain Lee (third from left) and the 2011 CMS men's golf team

Tain Lee '12 Qualifies for Second PGA Tour Event

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Just two months after qualifying for his first PGA Tour event, former Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golfer Tain Lee '12 earned his way into his second by qualifying for the Valero Texas Open, which will be held this week in San Antonio, beginning on Thursday morning.

In Monday's qualifier, Lee tied for the low round of the day by shooting a -6 to earn his way into the field for the weekend. He will tee off for his first round at 9:26 a.m. (CDT) along with Rafael Campos of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and J.J. Killeen of Fort Worth, Texas. This year's Valero Texas Open also features notable names such as K.J. Choi, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini, Jordan Speith, Kevin Stadler,          

Lee earned his way into his first career PGA Tour event in January, when he was a co-medalist in the qualifying round of the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open, and he made his debut count, making the cut with a -1 after two rounds and finishing in the top half of the 156-golfer field.

Qualifying for the Farmers Insurance Open was a landmark moment for Lee, who has played professionally on smaller U.S. tours and in Canada since graduating from Claremont McKenna. He needed to sink a tricky putt just to earn a spot into Monday's final qualifier, which had 96 competitors vying for the final four spots in the field. In difficult conditions that included rain, wind, and occasional hail, Lee shot a 69 to tie for the low round of the day, earning him a spot in his first career PGA event. 

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. The second-place finisher was Mitchell Fedorka of SCIAC rival La Verne, who now serves as the head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. 

Lee nearly made it two straight individual titles 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 Valero Texas Open, visit the official website at the link below:

Valero Texas Open