Amateur Minjee Lee is in contention at the Open
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
Ready to contend. ©USGA/Darren Carroll.

Ready to contend. ©USGA/Darren Carroll.

18-year-old Minjee Lee is in contention at the U.S. Women’s Open. The amateur shot rounds of 69-71 at Pinehurst No. 2 to head into the weekend four strokes behind leader Michelle Wie.

Minjee is a two-time Australian Women’s Amateur champion, and has had the opportunity to meet and learn from LPGA golfing legend Karrie Webb. At last year’s U.S Open, Minjee stayed with Webb as part of the Karrie Webb Series Scholarship. She said, “Last year I was, I was having a great time watching, but I was like, I really want to be in the field and playing. So, I’m happy that I am here, and I just want to play my best.”

Lee is not only playing her way into contention, she is also beating Webb (thru 16) by two-strokes. The part of Lee’s game that is helping her the most is her short-game. “Just around the greens when I miss them, I’m missing them in the right spot so I can, if I need to chip, I can get them to the pin, and get it pretty close.”

It is also important to feel confident when playing the best players in the world, and Minjee is able to draw on a few experiences from earlier in the year. “I was quite close at the Aussie Open the beginning of the year, and a couple of the other tournaments beginning of the year. So, I think I have the ability to contend, and I think in the future I’ll be able to win some tournaments.”

2014 U.S. Women’s Open leader board.

–Bernie D’Amato