Positive putts pay off for Lee
ONE by one, the putts burned the edges.
At the turn in the final round of the $17,500 Maryborough Golf Club Pro Am on Saturday, South Korean Jun Seok Lee had every reason to believe it was not his afternoon.
Lee, tied leader after the first round, had a frustrating start to his round, with a series of birdie chances gone begging in the opening nine holes.
But he came alive on the back nine with three birdies to give him a slender one stroke win - his first triumph of the year and just his second victory since returning to the PGA Pro Am Series in late-2012.
"I'm petty happy," Lee, who resides in Brisbane, said.
"I wasn't playing really well until I got here.
"Today (Saturday) I was struggling with my putter.
"I was making some good putts, but they didn't drop for me on that first nine."
As he strode to the 10th hole, Lee could see his chances fading rapidly, but the 25-year-old's self belief coupled with his mental toughness helped him through.
"I got to the eighth and missed the birdie putt there and even the ninth I hit a great shot and just missed another birdie putt too," he said.
"I just tried to hang in there and didn't think negatively, just stay positive because I was swinging well.
"I knew if my putts started to drop I would hit a good number."
Lee, who has his sights firmly set on progressing to the Asian Tour and Japan Tour, closed with a three-under-par 67 for a 36-hole total of nine under to finish ahead of a 47-strong pro field; He earned $3100.
One shot back was Lismore's Samuel Brazel, who posted a six-under-par 64 in the final round, while co-overnight leader Jared Pender slipped back to third.
Local hope Sam Eaves finished equal seventh after rounds of 67 and 68.
1. Jun Seok Lee 131 (64, 67)
2. Samuel Brazel 132 (68, 64)
T3. Jared Pender 133 (64, 690
T3. Daniel Pearce 133 (68, 65)
T5. Henry Epstein 134 (69, 65)
T5. Paul Donahoo 134 (70, 64)
T7. Sam Eaves 135 (67, 68)
T7. Tony Carolan 135 (67, 680
T7. Luke Henwood 135 (70, 65)
T10. John Collins 136 (67, 69)
T10. Chris Gaunt 136 (67, 69)
T10. Aaron Cox 136 (69, 67)