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Top-ranked women’s amateur Minjee Lee turns pro

September 7, 2014

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked amateur Minjee Lee turned professional Sunday, a day after leading Australia to the women’s world amateur team championship.

The 18-year-old Lee, who shot a 7-under 65 to lead Australia’s comeback win on Saturday in Japan, made the announcement in a light-hearted video with Matthew Pavlich, captain of the Fremantle Australian Rules football team.

She will make her first appearance as a professional at next week’s Evian Championship in France.

Lee, who was born in Perth and is a member of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, won the U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship in 2012 and back-to-back Australian amateur championships in 2013 and 2014. She also received the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the No. 1 women’s amateur this year.

Lee was the low amateur at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California in April in her first start in a major championship.

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