Ladies Professional Golf Association victor Minjee Lee has been nominated for the United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for May.
She wrapped up her first LPGA triumph; completing three holes to finish a 65 for a two-shot win at the rain-delayed Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. The 18-year-old former top-ranked amateur made a three-putt bogey at the 16th when play resumed but parred the last two holes to finish on 15-under-par 269 for the victory over Ryu So-yeon of South Korea, who shot a 67 for 271.
Following the selection committee’s meeting, a total of 12 candidates – six male, six female – from eight different countries comprise the list. The original pool of those nominated was 40 before getting pared down by a vote from a panel for the Academy’s faculty and staff.
Other female candidates are: Ding Ning, table tennis, China; Inbee Park, golf, South Korea; Betsy Saina, track and field, Kenya; Jasmin Stowers, track and field, United States; and Genzebe Dibaba, track and field, Ethiopia.
Male candidates are: Bryce Harper, baseball, United States; Patrick Kane, hockey, United States; Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing, United States; Renaud Lavillenie, track and field, France; Juan Pablo Montoya, racing driver, Columbia; and LeBron James, basketball, United States.
One male and one female will be chosen the winners as decided by the public. Everyone is encouraged to cast their vote today on the Academy’s website, www.ussa.edu, and have their friends do the same. The full ballot is listed along with bios of what each athlete accomplished during the month of May. Voting will continue until next week.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special-mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.