DUNEDIN, New Zealand (Feb. 18, 2013) -- Bay of Plenty amateur Peter Lee claimed his first national title when he won the South Island Stroke Play Championship by eight shots at the St Clair Golf in Dunedin on the weekend.
The 18-year-old from the Rotorua Golf Club, who last year made the final of the New Zealand Amateur at Mount Maunganui, carded a two under par 69 in the final round to comfortably hold off the challengers of Cameron Jones (70) and Nick Voke (70) who finished tied second. Lee was consistently superb in the fine conditions at the St Clair Golf Club.
He opened with a seven under par 64 to trail first round leader Hayden Beard by one shot who opened with a course record eight under par 63. While Beard faded from his fast start to finish in a share of 11thplace, Lee added rounds of 68, 66 and69 to set a tournament record at 17 under par for the South Island Stroke Play Championship.
Lee has long been heralded as a prodigious talent in his home province of the Bay of Plenty and his recent form sees him follow in the footsteps of another Lee fromRotorua, Danny Lee, who dominated the national scene as an amateur. Taranaki’s Brad Hayward was fourth after carding a three under par 68 in the final round but the talking point was the record breaking performance from Lee.