Cameron Smith and Minjee Lee / Snapeture Sports
Australian Amateur Championships, presented by Audi, were won by Cameron Smith on the mens tournament and Minjee Lee for the Ladies.
Minjee Lee cruised to a 6&5 victory over Australian based Korean Jenny Lee. Minjee had control for most of this match, and it was a chance for the Royal Fremantle member to go one better than her narrow loss in the final in 2011, to Lydia Ko.
Minjee feels it was a great reward;
“It feels amazing, it’s such an honor to win this tournament. It’s been a long week so it’s a great reward. I felt I could always get back up if I was down. Mum said afterwards she was going to have a heart attack a couple of times, but she’s proud of me. “
With this win Minjee has earned an exemption into next months LPGA event the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club, and she is really looking forward to that challenge;
” I’s an LPGA event so it will have a great field and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Cameron was at one stage five down to Commonwealth member Geoff Drakeford, but fought his way back to win his maiden Australian Amateur title with a 3&2 victory.
Cameron said he was gobsmacked;
” I’m gobsmacked, I can’t even believe I came back from that. I played some good shots and put him under pressure and holed some putts. I thought if I could him get down the last hole I was in with a shot, but turns out I got it done before that which was quite nice. Mum was pretty stoked when I told her, she was just yelling and couldn’t get a word out. It’s definitely a good start to 2013 and hopefully this form can carry through to the next few tournaments.”