#Rio2016 | WA Golf Star Selected for Rio

Olympics | Published: Fri 15 July 2016

Western Australian Minjee Lee has earned selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as a member of Australia’s four-strong golf team in Brazil.


Rapidly becoming one of world golf’s hottest properties, Lee has become a model of consistency on the LPGA Tour in just her second season, missing just one cut to date in 2016 and winning twice in just 18 months on the world’s biggest stage.


Lee finished the Rio 2016 qualification period ranked 12th on the Olympic rankings. She won the LPGA Tour event in Hawaii in April 2016 and in May 2015, claimed her first tour title in Virginia, USA.


The 20 year-old Perth resident said that the representing her country at an Olympic Games would be a thrill.

"I can’t wait to represent Australia in the Olympics and think it is the highest honour that you can ever have,” Lee said.

"Just being among all the amazing athletes will be pretty cool and the atmosphere of the Olympics will be a special thing.”


A former world No.1 amateur, Lee graduated to pro ranks after a glittering string of results. The 2012 US girls’ junior champion, the WA ace won the Australian Amateur in 2013 and defended the title in 2014, the same year she won the Oates Victorian Open against the pros of the ALPG Tour as an amateur.


Lee was also the inaugural recipient of the Herb Elliott Medal, which was awarded at the 2015 Hall of Champions Celebrations as part of the WAIS Dinner.


Lee’s selection, sees her join 36 other Western Australians on the 2016 Australian Olympic team for Rio.