Minjee Lee eyes off Webb as Olympics teammate
She’s Australia’s newest professional. And at just 18, Minjee Lee already has Karrie Webb in her sights.
Not as a rival, mind you, but a team-mate, as Lee has set her sights on partnering Webb at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
And anyone who has watched this Perth youngster’s meteoric rise in the game would agree…if that what Lee plans to do with through her golf – than that’s what she’ll do.
Minjee Lee (Credit: LET)
Lee admits she idolises 39-year-old Webb, still one of Australia’s best golfers and already regarded as an Aussie icon in the women’s game, surpassing even the great Jan Stephenson as the best woman golfer this country has ever produced.
“I’d definitely love to join Karrie at the Olympics…better two Aussies than one,” Lee said.
“Karrie often sends me encouraging notes and those little confidence boosts do mean a lot.”
“She just shows all the time what sort of a role model you need to be for women’s golf and I respect her for that, as well as all her great achievements.”
In the latest rankings Lee, who late last year earned her US LPGA Tour card, had jumped to No.78 in the world.
That puts her past some big-name Australians like Nikki Campbell, Katherine Kirk and Lindsay Wright and definitely has her in the driving seat to earn selection beside Webb in Australia’s team for 60-strong Olympic golfing field.
“It would be so cool to be her teammate,” said Lee.
“I’ve always liked watching the gymnastics, in particular, at the Olympics.”
“But to think you can now go to the Olympics as a golfer is something I never imagined.”
Lee has mapped out a busy schedule for her first year on the US LPGA circuit and was still to decide whether she could play the Bahamas Classic and rush home to play in the RACV Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from February 12.
Still you can be sure if Lee can do it – she’ll be there.