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Lee aims to turn professional

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, August 16, 2014

NATIONAL rep Sam Lee is expected to turn professional next year.

The Korea-born Fiji resident bowed out of the Fiji International after a poor second round yesterday.

The 24-year-old was one over par 73 after day one. Lee made a bright start on day two sinking a birdie on the first hole.

However Lee's form dropped after that, scoring three double bogeys and two birdies to finish with seven over par 79.

His total was 152 therefore missing the cut.

"This was my first professional tour event," he said.

"When I started golf in Fiji, I never thought that I would play a professional tournament here which has millions of dollars as prizemoney.

"I played good on day one but put too much pressure in the second round. It is special playing at home as an amateur in the professional tournament and it is going to be good memory."

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

"I saw some players scoring well considering the wind blowing and the course layout," he said.

"It was a good experience. Vijay Singh and Nick Price are guys I have only seen on television. I have been playing at Natadola since June and the winds have been stronger before.

"I'm still an amateur and will be playing at the World Amateur Teams Championship.

"Hopefully I will turn professional sometime next year. I hope to come to next year's tournament as a professional and keep working hard to catch up to Vijay."

Olaf Allen Jr and Abid Hussain will team up with Lee in Japan.

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