New Zealand's Danny Lee played at the Western Amateur at Point O'Woods last year but was unable to make it to the weekend.
This year, that was his goal.
But he did one better, shooting rounds of 64 and 67 on Friday to take medalist honors for the stroke play portion of the 2nd most prestigious amateur tournament in the country. Lee finished at 12-under.
"I'm really excited and happy about my result," Lee said afterward. "All I was trying to do was make it to the top 16 and I end up winning Medalist. It's really special for me."
Lee won by three strokes over Erik Flores, who finished at 9-under.
Lee received the Cameron Eddy Medalist Trophy after win, one he could barely hold on his own. His name will now be etched alongside those of Phil Mickleson, Scott Verplank, Mark O’Meara, Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Watson.
But Lee knows he's not through yet. Now, the real tournament begins as he leads the group of 16 heading into Match Play on Saturday.
The Sweet 16 and quarterfinal rounds will be played on Saturday with the semifinals and championship on Sunday.
The top amateur in the country, Ricky Fowler, failed to make the Sweet 16.
This weekend will be the final two days played in Benton Harbor as the Western Am moves to Chicago for the next seven years, ending a 38-year relationship with Point O'Woods.
The pairings for the Sweet 16 matchups beginning at 8am Saturday are as follows:
8:00 a.m. – Danny Lee vs. Daniel Woltman
8:10 a.m. – Philip Francis vs. Morgan Hoffman
8:20 a.m. – Joey Benedetti vs. Gregor Main
8:30 a.m. – Kyle Stanley vs. Conrad Shindler
8:40 a.m. – Erik Flores vs. Jason Kang
8:50 a.m. – Lucas Lee vs. Jude Eustaquio
9:00 a.m. – Victor Dubuisson vs. Jhonattan Vegas
9:10 a.m. – Rory Hie vs. Sihwan Kim