The Next Big Star?
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/10/14
Just one day after leading Team Australia to victory in the women's World Amateur Team Championship, 18-year-old Minjee Lee — the number one-ranked female amateur golfer in the world since February — has turned professional.
The native of Perth, Western Australia, is making her debut in the pro ranks in a bug way — by playing in the the final major championship of the year, the Evian Championship, halfway across the world in France.
"I'm excited about making the move to the pro ranks and everything that comes with that. Finishing my amateur career as the world No. 1 is a real honor."Indeed, the USGA honored Lee with the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women's amateur in 2014.
Lee's golf résumé already consists of 13 amateur victories, including the 2012 the USGA Girls' Junior Amateur Championship and consecutive Australian Women's Amateur Championships. Earlier this year, she won the 2014 Women's Victorian Open (a professional event), finished T-24 and low amateur at the Dinah Shore, then finished T-22 at the U.S. Women's Open.
And like her good friend Lydia Ko, Lee has signed with IMG and is currently sponsored by Srixon. Presumably, other companies will be lining up to get her to play their equipment.
Lee's plans are to enter the LPGA's Q-school, but if she plays well enough at the Evian, Q-school might not be necessary.
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Matt F says:
The next Karri Webb?
Torleif Sorenson says:
Good comparison, Matt!
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