Golf Australia names World Junior team

Australia heads to this month’s Toyota World Junior Championship at Chukyo Golf Club near Nagoya, Japan with high hopes after choosing a team laden with talent for the four-round event.

Two Victorians, a Queenslander and one new South Welshman will comprise the team for the June 24-27 event in which Australia finished second last year.

Zach Murray Zach Murray (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Brett Coletta (Woodlands GC, Victoria), Zach Murray (Commonwealth GC, Victoria), Blake Proverbs (Pacific GC, Qld) and Blake Windred (Monash Country Club, NSW) will gain enormous benefit from the experience of representing their country.

All four have previewed their talent with first-class efforts to secure their spots in the team, which will be coached by Peter Knight and captained by Dean Kinney.

Coletta won this year’s South Australian Junior Masters as well as the Tamar Valley Junior Cup besides finishing third in the Australian Junior Championships in April.

Murray is the current Victorian Amateur champion and recently joined Golf Australia’s National Squad.

Proverbs finished runner-up at the NSW Junior Championships, the Jack Newton Junior International and the SA Junior Masters.

Windred finished runner-up to Ryan Ruffels at this year’s Australian Junior Championship in April.

Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said Australia had recorded some excellent results at this event in recent years.

“And we look forward to another strong Australian performance in Japan with this team,” he said.

The championship is played over 72 holes with the best three of four individual scores to count each day.