Date: March 21, 2018
Author: Christian Puccini

Lee the one to catch at Classic

Overnight joint leader Minwoo Lee from Royal Fremantle Golf Club, made his move on day three of the Golf SA Amateur Classic, firing a 5-under 67 to led Kyle Michel (71) by four at 9-under heading into the final round.

After back-to-back rounds of 70, Lee was off to a flier moving to six-under thru 11 holes in perfect conditions at Royal Adelaide.

“I just played really solid golf, I just holed a lot of putts today and hit it really well, very solid. I had a couple of holes where I had to scrap it for bogey, but I’m pretty proud of how I played today.”

Lee finished his round solidly despite dropping a shot on the par five 15th hole.

‘I hit it in the water off the tee, I just pushed it out, I made a 40 footer for bogey”.

“If I get that drive again, I would kind of draw it out a bit more, I just leaked it out right and made a really good bogey I guess. I am pretty happy with the bogey”.

“I then hit two good approach shots to end and two good drives to inside six feet and missed both of them so it was kind of disappointing that I missed them, but overall good day”.

With only three other players under par with Lee, the 2016 & 2017 United States Junior Champion will be hard to catch.

“Just do the same thing, obviously you want to win the tournament and I guess you want to run away with the lead. I think if I play solid golf, I think I should be able to hold on, but there is still a lot of golf to go and there are a lot of challenging holes out there.”

“I’m just going to hit one shot at a time and hopefully make some birdies” Lee added.

The only player to upstage Lee in round three was Japanese amateur champion Kazuya Osawa who posted a superb 7-under 65.

Osawa remarkably made three eagles for the round, on all par fives, on holes two, nine and fifteen, to move to tied 13th at 3-over (78-75-65).

“I made two long 10 meter putts for eagle and the other I chipped in from 10 meters.” Osawa said.

“First two days were very windy, but today okay. I kept the ball on the fairway and putted well. I had 24 putts.” The 21 year old said.

Lawrence Curtis from Peninsula Golf Club is in outright third at 3-under followed by Japan’s Takumi Kanaya at 2-under.

SA’s leading player is Jack Buchanan from Glenelg Golf Club at 3-over after rounds of 70-79-70

Men’s Final Round kicks off at 8.00am on Thursday 22 March with the Men’s leading group of Lee, Michel and Curtis, teeing off at 8.56am.

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