PERTH teenager Fred Lee will follow in the footsteps of golfing greats such as Tiger Woods and Tom Watson after completing a deal to play for Stanford University next year.
The 18-year-old Royal Perth Golf Club member has officially signed a four-year contract that will see him join one of the most elite student-athlete programmes in the world.
“It feels awesome, this has been one of my goals since the start of last year,” he said.
“To be finally able to sit back and bask in what I have achieved over the last two years, I feel like all the efforts that I have put into school, studying and just the golf – it feels like it has all paid off and I have achieved one of my goals.”
Lee came to Stanford’s attention during his run to the quarter-finals of last year’s US Junior Amateur Championship – which was won by fellow West Australian Min Woo Lee – and in September represented the International Team at the inaugural Junior Presidents Cup in New Jersey.
While Lee’s performances on the fairways caught the attention of Stanford it has been away from the course where he has arguably achieved the most to book his US ticket.
Lee had to put his golf on hold at the start of the year to achieve the SAT score he needed to qualify for Stanford, which was a considerable achievement in its own right.
He was forced to go out and buy the entire US syllabus – from Year 1-12 – just to understand the vastly different grammatical requirements from his Australian studies, which culminated this week with his final Psychology exam at Churchlands High School.