Date: November 29, 2007

Baddeley tournament underway

Six of Australia&aposs best junior golfers will tee off tomorrow for the first round of the Aaron Baddeley World Junior Championship at the Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou China. Queenslanders Tim Hart and Daniel Nisbet will spearhead the team after qualifying at the Australian final at The Heritage Golf and Country Club in Melbourne earlier this month. Victorians Andrew Moodie from Portsea Golf Club and Luke Allen are also making their debut to compete against 13 other nations at the seventh annual championship. Cecelia Nha and Western Australian Whitney Hillier are Australia&aposs two female representatives. Newly crowned Mastercard Masters champion Aaron Baddeley flew from Melbourne after winning at Huntingdale to attend the championship which he started with his father Ron in 2001. A large media conference was held today with more than 100 journalists from throughout Asian interviewing the world number 18 and other tournament officials. Australian team manager Gary Linford said Australia had one its strongest teams in years. And he&aposs confident of a strong result. “There&aposs no reason why we can&apost win Aaron&aposs tournament this year,” he told Golf Australia. “Hart and Nisbet have both had a great year. Cecilia and Whitney have also had a great season.” This year&aposs championship got underway with a clinic conducted by the two-time Australian Open champion. Baddeley spoke with players about his career and the demands and highlights of being a professional golfer on the PGA Tour.