“There was a lot of pressure and it was a tough two weeks,” he said about Q-school. “I played all right, I could have gone better but I am happy with what I have got.” Lee will also look to qualify for the Asian Professional Golf Tour in February. Lee said knowing he had already qualified for a professional tour next year took away a lot of pressure. “At least I can play, there is a lot more breathing room now. “[Q-school] was a great experience … it will help me a lot for my preparation at Asia Q-school. “Asia is a bigger tour and there is a lot more money in it. It would be great to play on that tour but it would mean a lot more travelling.” Lee said he would need to see how he goes at Q-school in Asia first and then will plan his season. He was mentally prepared for the challenges ahead as a pro golfer, and said he was excited about the future. “I am really excited to start now.” More than 160 golfers attended qualification school for the PGA Tour of Australasia this month, with the top 50 working their way on to the tour. Lee is looking forward to a break over Christmas in Rotorua after three consecutive weeks of high-pressure golf.

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Charles Redmond Volunteer Golf Tournament, a 6-year-old event played at Eagle Crest Resort that has consistently raised between $15,000 and $20,000 each year for the hospitals birthing center. Many of our supporters are returners, as are the participants in the tournament itself, she adds. What is the draw? Sponsors like to be involved and players report that they love the tournament, says Kim Johnson, volunteer coordinator for the Bend Park & Recreation Foundation, which hosted the 10th Gopher Broke Scramble in September at Bend Golf and Country Club. The event typically fills in advance. The Gopher Broke tournament raised $27,000 for scholarships, allowing lower-income children and families, and those with disabilities, to participate in Bend Park & Recreation District programs.

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