Australian Amateur Championships, Smith and Lee Win.

Australian Amateur

Cameron Smith and Minjee Lee.

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.”


Australian Amateur Championships, Lydia Ko Beaten

Australian Amateur

Lydia Ko, the Worlds Number 1 ranked amateur women’s player has been beaten in the second round of matchplay at the Australian Amateur Championships.  Lydia lost 2&1 to Aussie Jo Charlton, an unexpected result, and one which means this has been a disappointing start to the season for Lydia. It is also a worrying result for all of Lydia’s fans, especially the people of New Zealand, who thought she was invincible. Brilliant yes, but invincible, no.

I hope this defeat does not have too much of a damaging effect on the brightest star in New Zealand golf.

Australian Womens Amateur Championships, Ladies 2nd Round of Qualifying

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko / Golf Australia

Lydia Ko the ladies World Amateur Number 1, and defending Champion here at the Audi sponsored Australian Amateur Championships,  shared Medalist honors with Aussie Grace Lennon. Both ladies tied on a score of -6 under par, with Aussie Minjee Lee and two Japanese players, Asuka Kashiwabara and Kotone Hori tied for third place at -4 under par.

Tatiana Wijaya finished at 3-under par to progress to the first round of knock out Match Play which will take place on Thursday at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne.

Australian Amateur

Australian Amateur Championships,

The 2013 Australian Amateur Championships,  presented by Audi are underway in fine and sunny conditions in Melbourne at the Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs. All players will play 36 holes Stroke Play qualifying across both courses on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving to Commonwealth for knock out Match Play from Thursday to Sunday.

On the Womens side, Australian  Minjee Lee leads after an opening round -5 under par 68  at the Woodlands Golf Club. Minjee is  a former runner-up at the Championships, and she leads qualifying by one stroke from New Zealander and World Number 1 amateur Lydia Ko and another Aussie,  Tatiana Wijaya who both shot -4 under par rounds of 69.

Victorian Grace Lennon and Kiwi Munchin Keh are tied fourth at 3-under par, with Western Australia’s Hannah Green, China’s Jing Yan and Japan’s Asuka Kashiwabara tied in sixth place after -2 under rounds of par 71.

The second round of qualifying is be contested on Wednesday.