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.
World amateur No 1 Lydia Ko has won the Australian amateur title and sent the record keepers to scan their books. She is believed to be the youngest winner in the 118 year history of the event, Golf Australia records do not have an indication of the ages of the champions of the early years of the Australian women’s amateur.
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Lydia defeated Victorian Breanna Elliott 4 and 3 at the Woodlands Golf Club in Melbourne today. In doing so she becomes the youngest winner of the trophy that dates back to 1894 and she follows in the footsteps of Kiwi golfers Guy Williams (1920), Oliver Kay (1933, 1936) and Jan Higgins (1989). Ko was beaming after her win;
“I am really proud of myself, I won the Australian stroke play title last year and finished second in qualifying, but this is so much better. There has been a lot of pressure all week and I have been really happy with how I have played, and to come through to the end and win is amazing.”
“To win another national title is a really amazing feeling.”