Lee Kam-chuen made a roaring start to the Year of the Tiger with a wire-to-wire victory in the Hong Kong Closed men's amateur championship yesterday. With a 72-hole total of 290 over the Hong Kong Golf Club's Old Course, Lee ended 10 shots clear of runner-up Myles Averns. Although it was one of the widest winning margins in the recent history of the Shell-sponsored tournament, Lee did not finish in a blaze of glory. He did not need to. Holding a seemingly unassailable 11-shot advantage going into yesterday's final 36 holes, it was understandable that 31-year-old Lee should ease off. Indeed, his 152 total yesterday was 14 strokes worse than for the opening 36 holes when he returned accomplished rounds of 71 and 67. Not that Lee, who came to prominence last year when he was Hong Kong's leading individual in the Asia-Pacific championships for the Nomura Cup, ever came under serious pressure. Thanks to a morning 72, Lee extended his lead to 16 strokes from Liu Kai-mung. Without anyone pushing him in the afternoon, Lee eased off, closing with a nine-over-par 80 which included a seven at the par-three third and seven bogeys. He could even afford the luxury of dropping shots at each of the last three holes. With Lee in such a commanding position, attention turned to the race for second place. And it was Averns, who trailed Lee by 18 shots after two rounds and 19 shots after three, who finished strongest with an even-par 71. Defending champion Eric Saxvik made a birdie-three at the 18th for a 74 to claim a share of third place with John Ball on 303.