Min Woo Lee becomes first Australian to win US Junior Boys Championship

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Minjee Lee and Min Woo Lee make history to become first brother-sister duo to win USGA Junior Championship.

Min Woo Lee holds the trophy in the final round of match play during the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Min Woo Lee holds the trophy in the final round of match play during the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

Min Woo Lee made history today becoming the first-ever Australian to win the prestigious US Junior Boys Golf Championship, etching his name into the trophy alongside names such and Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

“It’s a dream come true for me (because) I’ve always wanted to win this tournament,” Lee said. “I was in good form coming into it and I knew I had a good chance. It feels great to win and be on the trophy with names such as Tiger.”

Lee’s older sister Minjee Lee (and current world number 14) won the girl’s title at the same event in 2012 making them the first-ever siblings to have won the championship.

Lee won the 36-hole match play final 2&1 in a rain interrupted day of golf at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. A rain delay late in the day forced Lee to wait 45 minutes to make a three-foot putt on the final hole to win the championship.

“I had a few minutes to come together and just think about that putt, and think about the other putts that I’ve had similar to that one,” Lee said. “I missed a few low, so I thought I would hit it a bit higher. It went right in the middle.”

The victory also means Lee will get a spot in next month’s US Amateur at Oakland Hills in Chicago.