18 Aug 2008

Lee to lead NZ golf team in world championships

1:45 pm on 18 August 2008

The world's number one ranked amateur golfer Danny Lee will head the New Zealand team to contest October's world teams championships in Adelaide.

Lee, from Rotorua, will be joined by James Gill of Hamilton and Tauranga's Jared Pender in the Eisenhower Trophy team with Hawkes Bay's Nick Gillespie the reserve for the October 16-19 tournament.

Lee was elevated to number one after his victory in the Western Amateur strokeplay and matchplay in the USA two weeks ago.

He's just competed in his debut PGA tour event in North Carolina, where he'll now contest the US Amateur Championship.

The womens's team for the October 8th-11th Espirito Santo Trophy tournament is headed by the New Zealand Amateur champion Dana Kim of Christchurch and two US-based players, Cathryn Bristow from New Plymouth and Natasha Krishna of Auckland with Whakatane's Zoe-Beth Brake the reserve.

The New Zealand women were runners-up in Switzerland in 1982 and Christchurch in 1990.

The men won in Canada in 1990 and were runners-up in Spain in 1970 and also Christchurch in 1990.