Golf Australia announces teams for World Amateur
Three of the world’s best-ranked amateurs make Australia one of the teams to beat in next month’s World Amateur Team Golf Championship in Mexico.
And that’s only the men’s team!
2016 WA Open winner Curtis Luck has been named on the World Amateur Team (Credit: PGA Australia)
Cameron Davis, Harrison Endycott and Curtis Luck have been testing their talents all around the world in prestigious amateur events for the past few months and all are taking some impressive form into this elite event.
Likewise the ‘less-experienced’ women’s team of Hannah Green, Karis Davidson and Robyn Choi, while not as high in the singles rankings, will also be expected to acquit themselves well.
According to Golf Australia high performance manager Matt Cutler, hopes were high for both teams as they headed towards a spectacular part of the world on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline.
Luck, the winner of the Western Australian Open Championship in his home state, has soared to No.6 in the world with several such prominent showings against leading professionals.
He also was fifth alongside 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel in the ISPS Handa Global Cup in Japan in June.
“These results are actually typical of why our men’s team should be confident,” Cutler said.
“Curtis and the NSW boys have all done really well playing against seasoned professionals around the world and this event is the closest thing, by standard, to that level of competition.”
Davis, ranked 11th, was the hero for New South Wales in its dramatic Interstate Series triumph in May, then set a course record while competing at the Colin Montgomerie-designed Rowallan Castle Golf Club in Scotland in June.
The women’s team is the same trio that represented Australia with distinction in April’s Queen Sirikit Cup, finishing second to powerhouse Korea.
Australia, defending the title won by now professional trio Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Shelly Shin in 2014, and Korea have owned the Espirito Santo Trophy for the past three occasions.
The women’s championship will be hosted by the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club from September 14-17.
The men’s championship will be played from September 21-24 at the El Cameleon course at Mayakoba, host venue of the US PGA Tour’s annual OHL Classic.