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Old 01-16-2016, 08:26 AM   #1
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Minjee Mind on the Job

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by Bridget Lacy from The West Australian

Coach Ritchie Smith has noticed a change in LPGA star Minjee Lee during an extended training period back in Perth. And it’s not good news for her rivals.

“She has been relaxed but very determined since she’s been here,” Smith said, “It’s probably the most determined she’s been since I’ve known her. I don’t think she’s done more (work) but she’s certainly been more deliberate. She is much more determined with the conversations. She is not as flippant with the result any more. She really wants to start kicking some a..., which I like.”

Lee was outstanding in her rookie year on the elite women’s tour, posting her maiden victory at the Kingsmill Championship in May and earning more than $1 million in prize money. Smith said they had made gains with Lee’s putting in the month she had been home. The world No.18 will begin her 2016 campaign at the Bahamas LPGA Classic on January 28, before the Coates Golf Championship in Florida the next week. Then she returns for the Australian Open in Adelaide on February 18. Smith said the home championship had been a major focus.

“I’m going to it,” he said. "I don’t normally travel to domestic tournaments so it’s a pretty big focus this year. We want to do pretty well in that.”

Lee, 19, said the Australian Open had been on her radar for some time.

“Any time you’re playing in an Australian event, it’s just a great feeling to be playing,” she said. "If you have a good result, it’s even better.”

As the top-ranked Australian woman, Lee is also on track to play at the Olympic Games this year.

“It will be really cool to just be there, but also to represent the country,” Lee said. “That’s always a great honour to do that.”

Lee will play 30 of 34 LPGA events this year. She played 29 last year.

“It was a long year because it was the first year,” she said. “I definitely enjoyed it and learnt a lot about tour life and travel.Little things like that help a lot.”

Lee took time out at her home club Royal Fremantle to pass on her knowledge to some of their youngest members this week.

Exciting Australian teenager Ryan Ruffels has turned professional.

Ruffels, 17, Australia’s top amateur, will leave for the US next week to prepare for his professional debut.
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