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Australian challenge extinguished at Western Amateur

Lee outed in the quarter finals. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australia’s quest for a second Western Amateur Championship title which started so promisingly early in the week has been extinguished following the defeat of Minwoo Lee in today’s quarter finals at the Skokie Country Club in Glencoe in Illinois.

It had been a long day for Australia’s leading ranked player on the domestic rankings after he survived a four-man playoff this morning for one of three remaining spots in the sixteen-man match play phase.

Three Australians were involved in round one but with New South Welshmen Ruben Sondjaja and Dylan Perry bowing out in the morning round it was left to Lee to see if he could become the first Australian to win the event since Bronson la Cassie in 2006.

It was not to be however as, after taking a 1 up lead through 13 holes against American Doc Redman, Lee lost three holes in succession from the 14th and although both players would birdie the 17th it was all over for the West Australian.  

New Zealander Nick Voke would also make it to the quarter finals but he would bow out to American Derek Bard.    

For several of the Australians in this week’s field their next mission is the US Amateur Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angles in ten days time while one or two others head for Toronto and the Canadian Amateur Championship.




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