Date: May 11, 2009

Aussies ready to hunt for Arafura gold

The Australian Men’sand Women’s teams are ready to fight for gold as the 2009 Arafura Games get underway in the Northern Territory tomorrow. The golf component of the Games will be played at Darwin Golf Club over four days in 72 hole- Stroke Play format. The Australian Men’sTeam is Chris Brown (SA), Justin Roach (NSW) and Stephen Spiers (SA). The Australian Women’s Team is Bree Arthur (QLD), Ashlee Dewhurst (TAS) and Ebony Heard (SA). Brown and state team mate Spiers will fly the flag for South Australia with Spiers a former runner-up at the South Australian Amateur Championship. Roach, a past member of the Golf Australia National Squad, is a former finalist at the Australian Amateur Championship and winner of the 2007 New Zealand Foursomes Championships. Arthur is a former Queensland Stroke Play champion and a member of this year s victorious Trans-Tasman Cup squad. Dewhurst is the current Women’s Riversdale Cup champion was also a member of the winning Trans-Tasman Cup team. Heard posted a stunning round of 62 at Carbrook Golf Club last week as she went on to land a wire-to-wire victory in the Queensland Women’s Stroke Play championship. More than 3,000 athletes from 32 countries will compete across a range of sports in Darwin. Golf Australia/AIS High Performance Program Manager Peter Knight said it was a special opportunity for the players. Golf is rarely played for medals and this event will give some of our brightest young players the opportunity of international competition and the ability of earning themselves a gold medal.