Churchlands teen on course for golf stardom


Fred Lee has been accepted to Stanford University’s golf program in the US.
Fred Lee has been accepted to Stanford University’s golf program in the US.

WHEN he was only four years old, Churchlands teenager Fred Lee received a plastic set of golf clubs; now he has his sights set on becoming a professional after being accepted into Stanford University’s Golf Program in the US.

The 18-year-old Churchlands Senior High School student competed in the Junior Presidents Cup in New Jersey last month and got to meet some of golf’s biggest names.

“I grew up watching all the most amazing golfers: Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, who I was named after,” he said. “The game of golf has already been really generous to me; I’ve been all over the world and met amazing people.

“When I met him, Gary Player told me something that I’ll always remember: that to be a true champion you’ve got to leave something better than you found it. That meant a lot to me and it’s true even with the small things in life.”

With WACE exams only a month away, Lee has swapped his golf for study in the short term to focus on his education.

“But my goal is to become a professional golfer.”

The 2016 WA Amateur champion will begin his studies at Stanford in September next year.

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