Australian Women's Am: Minjee Lee wins 2nd straight
SEATON, Australia (Jan. 19, 2014) -- Western Australian Minjee Lee
has successfully defended her Australian Amateur Championship crown
after defeating 15 year-old Queenslander Karis Davidson 6&5 in today's
final at The Grange Golf Club.
World Number 5 and 17 year-old Lee led 2up after the first 18 holes
with the pair putting on a birdie blitz in the morning. Davidson birdied
three of her first five holes and took the challenge up to Lee before the
Royal Fremantle member rolled off four straight birdies on holes 5-8 in
the afternoon round to surge clear.
"It feels good. It's always a long week at the Australian Amateur and
it's good to get the win and start the year off on a high," Lee said.
"I was just steady today. Whenever Karis made mistakes, I just took
advantage of that. After that I holed a couple of putts early on the
front nine in the second round and I got to 6 or 7up," said Lee who
earns a place at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open next month.
Lee, who graduated from school in 2013, has now won two Australian
Amateur titles, the Australian Junior title and the US Girls' Junior title
among a host of other victories.
"I don't have school this year so I'm going to play all of the Aussie
professional circuit events and then go to China for the World Ladies
Championship. After that I think I'll head to the United States for the
U.S Women's Amateur and play a couple of other big events over
there," Lee said.
Fellow National Squad member Ryan Ruffels caddied for Lee for the semi
final and final. The pair teamed up for Lee's Australian Amateur victory
in 2013 in Melbourne.
"He's good company, we had fun out there and it was pretty cruisey,"
ABOUT THE Australian Women's Amateur
The Australian Men's and Women's Amateur
Championships are Australia's
oldest Amateur Golf Championships, with both having
been played since 1894.
Long held as a match play event, in 2021 the format
changed to 72 holes of
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