Date: May 10, 2011

Australian team selected for Astor Trophy

Golf Australia has announced the Australian representatives for The Astor Trophy at Fairhaven Golf Club from 15-19 June in Lytham, England. The Astor Trophy team members are Ashley Ona (QLD), Breanna Elliott (VIC), Cathleen Santoso (NSW), Emma de Groot (NSW) and Minjee Lee (WA). Ona won the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic on the ALPG Tour in February and is a former Australian junior champion. Breanna Elliott leads the Karrie Webb Series and won the Lake Macquarie Amateur earlier this year. She is also a former Queensland Stroke Play champion. Santoso, 16, won the recent Australian Girls Amateur Championship and was a quarter finalist at the Srixon Australian Amateur in March. Emma de Groot, originally from Coffs Harbour, currently studies at the University of Chattanooga (Tennessee) and last week won the Southern Conference Championship. Minjee Lee, 14, was a runner-up at the Srixon Australian Amateur Championship and won the Aaron Baddeley International Australian final and is a former Western Australian Amateur champion. The team manager is Golf Australia High Performance Manager Matt Cutler and the coach is former LPGA Tour player Shani Waugh. The girls will also compete at the British Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Ireland from 7-8 June. The Astor Trophy (formerly Commonwealth Trophy) is played every four years, featuring teams from Australia, GB&I, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. The tournament consists of foursomes and singles Match Play. Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said it was a great opportunity for some of Australia s rising stars to make their Australian debut on the international stage. The Astor Trophy has a reputation for attracting high quality fields on challenging golf courses which is invaluable experience for our Australian players rising in the rankings, James said. Golf Australia had also selected players to compete at the Toyota World Junior Championships in Japan in June. However, event organisers recently advised that the tournament has been cancelled for 2011 following the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. We wish everyone in Japan the very best as they work to rebuild their country and look forward to sending an Australian team again in 2012, James said. The selected Toyota World Junior team members were Cameron Smith (QLD), Jake Higginbottom (NSW), Ryan Peake (WA) and Oliver Goss (WA) and the reserve was Maverick Antcliff (QLD).