Fred Lee has earned selection to the International Team for the first-ever Junior Presidents Cup to be staged in New Jersey next month.
The teenage Royal Perth member will join a team of 12 players from around the world for the two-day match play event against the United States at Plainfield Country Club in Edison.
Lee’s selection was confirmed on Friday alongside two other Australians, Karl Vilips and Joshua Armstrong, and they will be led by former Masters champion Trevor Immelman.
Golfing great Gary Player will act as honorary captain of the International Team, while the US team will be headed up by 13-time PFA Tour winner David Toms with Jack Nicklaus as honorary captain.
Those list of names underline the prestige of an event that is set to provide a precursor to the Presidents Cup proper, which will be staged from September 28 to October 1 at nearby Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
Lee qualified for the tournament based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is also due to finalise an offer from Stanford University to join its programme while he is in the US.
The popular 18-year-old was last year’s Amateur Championships of Western Australia winner and this year claimed his second Boys Callaway Junior Championship title before delivering an inspirational speech on what was to be his last junior event in WA.
Lee was Royal Perth’s number one player as they dominated the men’s Division One Pennants season only to suffer an upset defeat in last weekend’s final against Lake Karrinyup, who secured their first title for 64 years.
Royal Fremantle member Min Woo Lee is already in the US and confirming his growing stature after making the cut at the Western Amateur in Illinois.
Last year’s US Junior Amateur champion fired back-to-back rounds of 71 on Thursday to finish on eight-under and sneak through the cut line by a single stroke and in a four-way tie for 14th place.
Lee bogeyed the par-four 18th, which he later described as “the tightest hole in golf”, and now faces an early-morning four-way playoff on Friday, with three players set to go through to the match play phase of a tournament that boasts a number of the favourites for next week’s US Amateur Championship.
Cottesloe member Curtis Luck famously won the title 12 months ago, to catapult his name onto the world stage, and join the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Nicklaus on the trophy.
Junior Presidents Cup: US Team – Captain David Toms
Noah Goodwin (Texas), Trent Phillips (South Carolina), William Mouw (California), Garrett Barber (Florida), Cole Hammer (Texas), Prescott Butler (New York), Canon Claycomb (Kentucky), Turner Hosch (Texas), Joe Highsmith (Washinston), Eugene Hong (Florida), Jacob Bridgeman (South Carolina).
International Team – Captain Trevor Immelman
Rayhan Thomas (India), Karl Vilips (Australia), Fred Lee (Australia), Garrick Higgo (South Africa), Sean Maruyama (Japan), Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (Thailand), Christo Lamprecht (South Africa), Naraajie Emerald Ramadhan (Indonesia), Joshua Armstrong (Australia), Wocheng Ye (China), Luca Filippi (South Africa)
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