Date: April 12, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Lee and Murdaca win Australian Junior titles

Pinjarra Golf Club, Pinjarra, Western Australia

National Squad member Minjee Lee (WA) became the first player since Victorian Jane Lock in 1975 to hold both the Australian Amateur and Australian Junior titles in the same year with victory at the Australian Girls’ Amateur at Mount Lawley Golf Club.

The World Number 2 amateur and Royal Fremantle member posted rounds of 69-71-71-68 to finish at 13-under par and win by 8 strokes after holding off an early challenge from Mount Lawley member Hannah Green (WA) and Su Hyun Oh (VIC).

Lee had six birdies in seven holes between the 8th and the 14th.
Lee, who heads to Taiwan on Sunday with Oh to represent Australia at the Queen Sirikit Cup said she was pleased with the victory in her home state.
“It feels good to win it at home and I played well so I think it’s a deserved win” Lee said.

“Both my iron play and my putting were good this week. I needed to make birdies during today’s round and I just hit one good shot after another and it ended up being a chain of birdies.”

Lee earned an exemption into the 2014 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with the victory but was already exempt with her Australian Amateur victory.

Green finished on 5-under par in second place while Oh finished in third place at 4-under par.

Jenny Lee (SA) finished in fourth place while Julienne Soo (VIC) finished fifth.

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Pinjarra Golf Club, Pinjarra, Western Australia

View: Final Results – Australian Boys' Amateur

2010 Australian Boys’ Amateur champion Anthony Murdaca (SA) followed in the footsteps of World Number 7 Adam Scott by winning his second Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship at Pinjarra Golf Club, south of Perth.

Murdaca finished at 16-under par after rounds of 66-66-71-69 and becomes just the third player in history to win the title multiple times, joining Scott (1997/1998) and Kiwi Grant Waite (1982/1983) with multiple victories.

A member of The Grange Golf Club, Murdaca said he was delighted to win the title again after a close battle with Lucas Herbert (VIC).

“It feels great, feels amazing to be honest,” Murdaca said. “It was a pretty close one. Lucas and I were in a battle all day but I birdied the last to win.”

“I feel pretty privileged be in that company,” Murdaca said of the Adam Scott link. “I’ve been working on it for two years and my ball striking was a lot better this week and I really wanted to win another Junior title.”

Herbert fought Murdaca for most of the day but finished in second place at 13 under par. The young Victorian finished in a tie for second at the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Heritage Classic earlier this year.

Kevin Yuan (NSW) finished tied in third place at 8-under par after a final round 68 with Minwoo Lee (WA), brother of Minjee, who fired a 67 – the round of the day.

Ryan Ruffels and Harrison Traylen finished in a tie for fifth at 7-under par.