Aussie squads selected for World Amateur

Golf Australia has announced provisional men’s and women’s Australian squads for the World Amateur Team Championships to be played from 27 September – 10 October 2012 at Gloria, Antalya and Cornelia Golf Clubs in Antalya, Turkey.

The men’s Eisenhower Trophy squad is Geoff Drakeford (VIC), Brett Drewitt (NSW), Oliver Goss (WA), Jake Higginbottom (NSW), Nathan Holman (VIC), Daniel Nisbet (QLD), Todd Sinnott (VIC), Cameron Smith (QLD) and Matt Stieger (NSW).

Jake Higginbottom Jake Higginbottom (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The women’s Espirito Santo squad is Ashlee Dewhurst (TAS), Breanna Elliott (VIC), Whitney Hillier (WA), Minjee Lee (WA), Grace Lennon (VIC), Su Hyun Oh (VIC) and Ashley Ona (QLD).

The final three players on each team will be selected six weeks prior to the championships.

Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said players would be watched closely over the European and US summer season.

“These are players that deserve to be in contention for selection. We’ll be watching closely in the coming months as these players head overseas to take on the best amateurs in the world,” James said.

“Many players, both elite amateur and professional, consider representing their country at the World Amateur Team Championships as a career highlight and it will be an exciting few months ahead. It’s also possible for a player from outside the squads to be selected but they would need to have exceptional results in the next few months to be considered.”

The Australian men’s team last won the Eisenhower Trophy in 1996 in a team that included Jamie Crow, David Gleeson, Jarrod Moseley and Brett Partridge.

The last Australian women’s team to win the Espirito Santo Trophy was Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright and Vicky Thomas (nee Uwland) in 2002.

Each team has two or three players and plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

Organised by the International Golf Federation, teams of men and women come from all over the world to compete for the Eisenhower Trophy (men) and Espirito Santo Trophy (women) within three different zones: Asia Pacific, America and Europe & Africa.

Australia last hosted the championships in Adelaide in 2008.

Source – Golf Australia