World Number 6 Minjee Lee became the first woman to win Australian golf’s most prestigious individual honour overnight, taking home the Greg Norman Medal at the Greg Norman Medal Dinner at RACV Royal Pines.
Lee is the third recipient of the medal following Jason Day in 2015 and 2016 and Marc Leishman in 2017.
“I’m humbled to have won such a prestigious award alongside two amazing golfers already in Marc and Jason,” said Lee.
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“It’s a great honour, Greg is arguably one of the greatest golfers to ever come out of Australia so to win an award attached to his name is really special.
“I’ve had a great 2018 season and this is a really nice way to be acknowledged for that, thanks to my team for their hard work throughout the year, hopefully we can have a bigger and better one next year.”
Beginning the 2018 season ranked 19th in the world, West Australian Lee got her year off to a flying start winning the Vic Open for a second time by a commanding five shots.
She was close to back-to-back wins in Australia finishing runner-up at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic followed by a top-5 finish at the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open.
Lee recorded a further four top-10’s on the LPGA Tour including 2nd at the Mediheal Championship before winning the Volvik Championship.
This win ignited a blistering run of form with Lee recording six finishes inside the top-4 to reach the ranking of World Number 5, having started the year ranked 19th.
Minjee cemented her outstanding performance this year as the best performing Australian female in all Majors and the Race to CME Globe final standings.
Greg Norman couldn’t be on the Gold Coast for the Awards Ceremony but sent Lee a video message.
“Australian professional golf has seen a successful year, with notable performances from both our male and female players around the world,” said Norman.
“One nominee for the Greg Norman Medal this year stood out above the rest. Two tournament wins, one in Australia at the Vic Open, and one on the LPGA tour at the Volvik Championship, outstanding performances in all major championship events, and a fifth place standing on the Race to CME Globe, her ranking moved from 19th to 5th in the world.
“It is my honour to announce the first female recipient of the Greg Norman Medal, by virtue of her success in 2018 is Minjee Lee.”
The evening also saw members of the professional golf circuit, corporate world and golf community gather to celebrate the achievements of both vocational and tour PGA Professionals.
The other awards presented on the evening included:
PGA Club Professional of the Year
Adam Norlander – Headland Golf Club – QLD
PGA Coach of the Year
Khan Pullen – Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation – NSW
PGA Management Professional of the Year
Gary Booby – The Ridge Golf Course and Driving Range – NSW
PGA Game Development Professional of the Year
Jason Laws – Newcastle Golf Club – NSW
PGA National Trainee of the Year
Cooper Ecclestone – Victoria Park Golf Complex – QLD
ALPG Player of the Year
Minjee Lee – WA
Legends Tour Player of the Year
Brad Burns – QLD
ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Player of the Year
Matt Millar – ACT