Around The World: West Aussies Shine in Victoria

29th Jan 2018

Find the latest news on all our Western Australian professional golfers travelling around the globe.

Minjee Lee will head into the weekend atop the Oates Vic Open leader board after two bogey-free rounds saw the world number 19 finish at nine-under-par at Barwon Heads.

The 21-year old shot six birdies throughout her second round 67 to climb the leader board, with the former winner locked in a strong position for another shot at the title.

“I love coming back here,” Minjee claimed. ”I’ve had two good rounds under my belt, so hopefully I can have another two good rounds.”

Lee was paired with former Oates Vic Open winners Marianne Skarpnord and Mel Reid, describing the excitement as her group was followed for much of the morning.

“It was great we were all pretty chatty, they were really pleasant to play with today and yesterday,” she mentioned.

“It’s nice to have everyone walking behind us on the fairways and greens. “


Lee was coy on her chances of claiming a second title, however is just focusing on the outcomes that the 21-year old can control.

“Play the wind if the wind gets up and play everything that is in my control,” she said. “In any situation you still play your own game.”

Hannah Green has kept herself in contention at Barwon Heads, shooting a two-under-par 71 in round two, leaving her at two-under for the tournament and in tenth position.

Green has had a whirlwind week after finishing just outside the top-10 in her first LPGA event as a full tour member at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic last week.

The 21-year old finished in a tie for 11th at four-under-par, which was particularly impressive given the difficult weather conditions.

American Brittany Lincicome secured the title for a second-straight year, finishing at 11-under-par, one shot ahead of Wei-Ling Hsu.

Meanwhile, Brody Martin and Matt Jager are leading the WA male contingent at 13 Beach Golf Links, both in a tie for ninth at five-under-par.

Martin has been the surprise packet of the week thus far, shooting 69 & 70 to be just four shots off leader Anthony Quayle.

The 22-year old went bogey-free in his round today, after recording six birdies and three bogeys in round one.

Jager was impressive yesterday shooting 67, before backing his performance up with 72 today as he pushes for a strong tournament showing.

Jarryd Felton is still in the mix at two-under-par, shooting a pair of 71’s to trail the leader by seven shots.

All players will now move to the Beach Course, where the remaining two rounds of golf will be played.

Jason Scrivener started his season off in fine style, finishing in a tie for sixth-place at the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 28-year old shot a final round 66 to surge up the leader board and finish at 16-under-par with a host of other big names.

Li Haotong claimed the title at 23-under-par, however Scrivener stands to pocket $72 000 for his work, starting the European season off in terrific fashion.

Brett Rumford played in the same event as Scrivener but couldn’t match his fellow West Aussie, finishing in a tie for 37th, 12 shots behind the eventual winner.

Rumford and Scrivener will now gear up for another shot at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 early next month in Perth.

Curtis Luck finished in a tie for 56th at the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, shooting one-under-par for the tournament.