Lee and Drewitt lead Victorian Opens
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2014 Victorian Open | Round Three | 22 Feb 2014
New South Welshman Brett Drewitt finds himself in the lead heading into the final round of the at the Oates Victorian Open at 13th Beach on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Inverell golfer about to face the stiffest examination of his short professional career.
Two late birdies saw Drewitt establish a one shot break over yet another from the north west of NSW in former Australian Amateur Champion Matthew Stieger but with a congested leaderboard, where any one of 20 or so players are still potential chances to win the Tier 2 PGA Tour of Australasia event, tomorrow promises to be an important day for both.
Drewitt was one of the country’s better amateurs before turning professional in September of last year but after one or two good early finishes in the paid ranks he struggled. He managed to gain Australasian Tour status in December and this may well represent a turning point for him whatever happens tomorrow.
Stieger has already won on the Australasian Tour having won the NSW PGA Championship 15 months ago and has done well enough in Asian Tour events in his rookie season there in 2013.
Matthew Griffin and Terry Pilkadaris are one shot back and lurking while multiple European Tour winner, Richard Green, produced the equal best round of the day to be just two from the lead.
The Oates Victorian Women’s Open, being played in conjunction, sees the very much in form West Australian amateur, Minjee Lee, leading by three over 36 hole leader Sarah Jane Smith with Lee’s fellow Australian amateur star Su Hyun Oh two shots further back.
Lee, the winner of the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship in each of the past two years, finished runner-up to Karrie Webb at the recent Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and then 10th at last week’s Women’s Australian Open after contending for much of the week.
The former US Girl’s Champions is clearly an outstanding prospect and tomorrow has the opportunity to provide even further proof of that.