Minjee Lee: Finding the Balance

Minjee Lee is about to start her fourth year as an elite amateur and during this period Lee has been ranked in the top-10 since 2010 and is currently the world number four.

Finishing high school was always a priority for Lee before turning professional. Significantly, she is set to graduate from high school in October and turns 18 in May 2014.

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Academically she says she’s “pretty good” considering the amount of time she devotes to golf. She is confident about her exams in three weeks time and from there will devote her attention towards golf.

Minjee returned from three weeks in the US last month. She defended her US Girls Amateur title (under 18) and played in the Women’s Amateur Championships where in both events she progressed to the round of 16.

Minjee was not unhappy with the results.

“I played well in both championships, losing on the 19th in the US Girls and 2&1 in the Women’s event. These championships are tough, it’s so hard to get to the end, it’s such a long week”.

She returned home to Western Australia poised and confident with her game. Like most elite Aussie amateurs find, the US is the perfect training ground to test your game against the best in the world.

Next month she tees it up in the men’s WA Open for the third year running and plans to play most of the top women’s Australasian professional events during the summer and potentially one tournament in Japan.

In the US she was approached to play college golf.

“I am not going to take that pathway, I was never the type of girl who really wanted to go, it’s not for me.”

On the subject of turning pro, Minjee is typically non-committal. Yet you sense that’s the natural pathway for a young lady with so much talent.

Although finally admitting, “we have an idea.”

“I don’t feel I have enough experience yet, I still have to find what works for me. When I go on the professional tour I want to be confident.”

The right time could be in about 12 to 15 months, after the next World Amateur Team Championship.

But, Minjee adds, “Who knows? Things can change, nothing is set in stone.”