Date: December 01, 2006

Australia second at Baddeley World Junior Championship

Australia is in a strong position after the opening round of the Aaron Baddeley World Junior Championship at Dragon Lake Golf Club in southern China. The six-member Australian team is in second place, seven shots behind Chinese Taipei. West Australian Michael Montgomery led the charge with the day s equal best – a one-under 71. The former West Australian state junior team captain made the most of the difficult conditions and tight pin positions to share the top on the individual leaderboard with America s Richard Lee and Chao Hsun of Chinese Taipei. Jordan Sherratt finished with a five over 77, which included a seven on a par-three. Belmont golfer Brendan Smith had a 77 while Drew McLellan struggled with an 80. Samantha Holt, runner up at the last Aaron Baddeley World Junior, got off to a solid start with a three-over 75. The Royal Adelaide golfer is five shots off the pace in the individual results. Hseih Yu-Ling of Chinese Taipei and Yuki Sakurai of Japan both had rounds of three under 69. Queensland representative Bree Arthur struggled with a 79. Japan was eliminated this year after two players failed top make their tee time. American Trent Sanders cost the American team a spot at the top of the team leaderboard after he incorrectly signed for a 71. Nine nations are contesting this year s world final, which has again attracted the cream of junior golfers from around the world. Tournament host Baddeley held a junior clinic and competed in the opening pro-am before flying back to Queensland to fulfill a commitment with event sponsor MacGregor.