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Lee sets target

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SAM Lee is eyeing a top 25 finish at the Fiji International which starts at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course tomorrow.

Lee, an amateur player, won the local qualifying tournament at Natadola last month.

He finished the 36 holes event six shots ahead of professional Vikrant Chandra.

Lee said he would be playing in the professional tournament for the first time.

"I'm very happy to qualify as an amateur player in this tournament," the 24-year-old said.

"This is the first time that I will be playing in a professional tournament. Of course playing on the home soil is a bonus and it should be fun."

Lee has been practising at the Natadola course for the past two months.

Born in Korea, he moved to Fiji in 2001 and recently returned from the US after graduating from the Oklahoma State University.

Lee said the conditions should be windy.

"I will try to finish in the top 25 but hope to do better," he said.

"I have been playing on this course for the past two months. It will be windy through the week.

"But I have practised in these conditions. I hope to learn a few things from the named players especially Vijay. He is Fiji's best and a former world number one."

Lee will turn his focus to the World Amateur Teams Championship in Japan next month.

He said they had a strong squad.

"We have a good team with Olaf Allen Jr and Abid Hussain. The way I have been practising I think we should do well."

The World Amateur Teams Championship will be played at Karuizawa from September 8-13.

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