Date: May 26, 2009

Four Nations team set for Canada

Golf Australia today announced the six-member team to represent Australia at the Four Nations Cup to be played from 5-7 August at Le Club Laval-sur-le-lac in Quebec, Canada. The Australian team is Daniel Beckmann (VIC), Matt Giles (NSW), Matt Jager (WA), Daniel Nisbet (QLD), Jordan Sherratt (SA) and Brendan Smith (NSW). The team manager is Lester Petersen. Beckmann, the current Mandurah Easter Open Amateur champion, has represented Australia before at the Trans-Tasman Cup and finished runner-up at this year s Srixon Australian Amateur Championships. Giles is one of Golf Australia National Squad s overseas-based players- playing college golf for the University of Southern California. He is currently the No.2 ranked player on the US Collegiate rankings, having spent most of this year at No.1. Jager was recently crowned New Zealand Amateur Champion and was also a member of the victorious Southern Cross Cup and Trans-Tasman Cup teams earlier this year. Nisbet is on a streak of four-straight individual victories including the Golf SA Amateur Classic, Queensland Men’sStroke Play Championship, Queensland Amateur Championship and Keperra Bowl. Nisbet also represented Australia at the Trans-Tasman Cup. Sherratt is the current Riversdale Cup champion and a former South Australian Amateur champion. Smith was a member of both the Southern Cross Cup and Trans-Tasman Cup Australian teams and was runner-up at this year s Lake Macquarie Amateur. Golf Australia/AIS High Performance Program Manager Peter Knight said the team would benefit from their mid-year schedule overseas. With all of our top players and the inclusion of Matt Giles who is ranked #2 on the US college rankings, the team is exceptionally strong, Knight said. By the time these players compete in the Four Nations Cup, most of the team will have played a number of international events in June and July, giving them an ideal preparation for this event. The Four Nations Cup is a bi-annual tournament contested by Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand. Each team consists of six players and competes against each other by playing alternate shot foursome matches in the morning and singles matches in the afternoon.