Min Jee Lee faces tough test in WA Open

BY PGA of Australia | 25 Oct 2011

15 year old West Australian amateur Min Jee Lee will this week face one of her biggest ever tests as she lines up against the men in the 2011 John Hughes Geely/Nexus Risk Services WA Open.

To be played at her home club of Royal Fremantle, the teen prodigy is the only female in the PGA Tour of Australasia field and will be looking to add the State Open title to her already impressive list of results.

The youngest ever winner of the WA State Women’s Amateur Championship, Lee is currently the second ranked Australian female junior and seventh in Australian Women’s Amateur rankings.

The Methodist Ladies’ College student and Golf Australia National Squad Member will tee off in Thursday’s first round amongst an impressive field that includes West Australians Jarrod Moseley, Stephen Leaney and Kim Felton.

Leaney and Felton are two of the most prolific winners of the Roy Paxton Bowl trophy having won the Championship five and three times respectively.

While the majority of the field contested last week’s Brunel Western Australian PGA Championship, there are also some new additions for the Open showdown including West Australian Rick Kulacz, Queenslander Adam Blyth and Victorian Scott Laycock who will be looking for his second Tour win of the season.

Earlier this year Laycock triumphed in the inaugural Surf Coast Knockout before spending the majority of the year playing the OneAsia tour where his best result was a T2 in the Nanshan China Masters.

To see the full John Hughes Geely/Nexus Risk Services WA Open field click here.

While the tournament proper won’t get underway until Thursday morning, the surrounding events kick off this afternoon with a My Golf Kids Clinic to be hosted by a number of professionals in this week’s field.

First played in 1921, the WA Open continues to be an important event on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule with an impressive list of past champions including Kel Nagle, Eric Cremin, Ossie Pickworth, Gary Player, Graham Marsh, Terry Gale and Greg Norman.

In addition to receiving their share of the $110,000 prize money, the tournament winner will also earn for themselves a spot the county’s biggest events including the Emirates Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, BMW NZ Open hosted by Christchurch and JBWere Masters.

The leading amateur on Sunday afternoon will be the recipient of the Terry Gale Cup.

The John Hughes Geely/Nexus Risk Services WA Open will be played at Royal Fremantle Golf Club from October 27 to 30.

Entry is FREE for all spectators.

The tournament proudly supports its charity partner, the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation.

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