Date: November 30, 2007

Australia second in China

Australia has got off to strong start in the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship after an impressive first round performance at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou China. The six member team is in second place, just eight shots behind defending champions Chinese Taipei. Daniel Nisbet posted the best score for Australia with a two over par 74. The 17-year-old Queenslander finished tied for third in the individual boys&apos competition behind Peter Hong of South Korea and Yu Morimoto of Japan. Portsea golfer Andrew Moodie was the next best with a 75. Tim Hart and Luke Allen of Victoria finished with 78 and 79 respectively while Australia&aposs two female entrants Cecilia Nha and Western Australian Whitney Hillier both shared third spot in the individual women’s event after rounds of 74. Chinese Taipei&aposs Yu-Ling Hsieh posted a blistering three under 69. Australian team manager Gary Linford is confident about the week ahead. “It&aposs a nice conservative starts, he told Golf Australia. I thought the two girls were very strong. The boys had two good scores and the other two will improve. “It&aposs starting to look like the start of last year&aposs tournament.” Linford expects strong competition from Canada, Chinese Taipei and Japan. “They&aposve got some real talent in their teams and they&aposll be hard to beat over the weekend. “The team is gong to have to be on their game.” Meanwhile, Jack Newton Golf Foundation representative Lincoln Tighe, not a member of the Australian team, shot a one over 73. Click here to view a full leader board.