Date: October 20, 2010

Australian girls set for Espirito Santo

Visit the official championship website Cheer the girls to victory – click here to email the team We&aposll pass the emails on to the team each day! Preparations are complete as the Australian team of Julia Boland (New South Wales), Stacey Keating (Victoria) and Alison Whitaker (Victoria) tees off tonight (AEDST) at the World Amateur Team Championships at Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club in Argentina. The Australians begin their campaign at Buenos Aires Golf Club and have been paired with Ireland and Peru in the opening two rounds. Ireland s squad includes Danielle McVeigh, who currently holds the British, Irish and Welsh Stroke Play titles and rising star sisters Leona and Lisa Maguire. Julia Boland, based at Texas A&M College, has won three times on the US College circuit since August 2009 and is the only member of either squad who competed at the 2008 World Amateur Team Championships in Adelaide. She has won the last three Lake Macquarie Women’s Amateur Championships and won the 2009 Srixon Australian Women’s Stroke Play championship. Keating, who was crowned Srixon Australian Amateur champion in March, won the Dunes Medal in December and the Victorian Women’s Stroke Play Championship. A former Canadian Amateur champion and Irish Stroke Play champion, Keating has represented Australia regularly at international tournaments. Alison Whitaker recently completed her studies at Duke University in South Carolina and in October last year led Duke to victory at the NCAA Fall Preview Championship. She was crowned 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in July and won the Victorian Women’s Amateur Championship in 2009. The Australian women’s team coach is Dennise Hutton (NSW) and the team manager is Jane Searle (NSW). The last Australian women’s team to win the Espirito Santo Trophy was Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright and Vicky Thomas (nee Uwland) in 2002. Each team has two or three players and plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team s score for the championship. A total of 53 teams entered the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, topping the record of 48 set in Puerto Rico in 2004 and matched in Australia in 2008. Organised by the International Golf Federation, teams of men and women come from all over the world to compete for the Eisenhower Trophy (men) and Espirito Santo Trophy (women) within three different zones: Asia Pacific, America and Europe & Africa. Players must be amateur golfers and follow the rules of The R&A or United States Golf Association.