Family affair for Lees at Victorian Open

Seldom do a brother and sister get the opportunity to contest a major professional event together.

Yet Minjee Lee and her younger brother Min Woo will be friendly rivals for the headlines when the West Australian pair hit 13th Beach Golf Links this week for the 2018 Oates Vic Open.

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee (Credit: LPGA Tour)

Minjee is already assured of a start in the event being ranked the number one Australian women professional as well as being ranked 19th in the world rankings.

Min Woo, on the other hand, is still making his way as an amateur and is currently ranked the 14th best amateur in the world.

Min Woo is back at the Barwon Heads course after claiming low amateur honours at the same event last year, finishing in an impressive tie for sixth place.

“I certainly bragged about it for a bit,” said Min Woo. “It was the only tournament we played together since our junior days.”

“I have the upper hand right now so hopefully we can keep it like that!”

Still the ever-smiling Minjee has bragging rights of her own.

She won the 2014 Oates Vic Open as a 17-year-old amateur and is the only female to have claimed the title before turning pro.

Now Min Woo would love to join the likes of Robert Allenby (1991) and Brad Lamb (2000) as the only amateurs to win the Victorian Open.

“That would be amazing,” said Lee. “We both won the US Junior and we were the first brother and sister to do that, so that was pretty cool.”

“Definitely winning a pro tournament as an amateur, that’s another thing.”

“I’ve played with most of these professional guys now in the starts I’ve gotten on the Aussie tour and at the Australian Open.”

“I’m a better player than last year so I’m hoping I can be near the top of the leaderboard again.”

Min Woo will enter the 2018 Oates Vic Open as the favourite to again finish as the men’s low amateur among a talented crop of Australia’s bright young stars, including Victoria’s triumphant 2017 Interstate Series team.

The Oates Vic Open has a unique format with men and women teeing it up in alternate groups for equal prizemoney.