Date: February 14, 2011
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MacManus elevated to National Squad

Queensland s Tarquin MacManus has joined the Golf Australia National Squad following his victory at the recent Australian Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne. The 21 year old from Cairns finished at 12 under par – a record for the 14 years of the event. Now ranked 30th on the R&A s World Amateur Golf Rankings, MacManus is a senior in the University of Arizona s golf program. He will be a member of the Tier 1 section of the National Squad with Tasmania s Ryan McCarthy. Last October, MacManus produced four excellent rounds of golf to finish runner-up at the Asian Amateur Championship and secured a berth at International Final Qualifying for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George s Golf Club. Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said MacManus was the first player in 2011 to gain selection through the new squad benchmarks. Tarquin has been a member of the squad before as one of our overseas-based players, James said. Following his win in Melbourne, his rise in the international amateur rankings fulfilled two of the necessary criteria and he has been elevated to Tier 1 status.