Date: August 19, 2014
Author: Golf Australia

Coletta, Elmassian ready for Youth Olympics start

Australian golfers Brett Coletta and Lizzie Elmassian are ready to tee off in green and gold at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

Coletta, from Sandhurst Golf Club in Victoria and Elmassian from The Australian Golf Club in Sydney will fly the flag for Australian golf at the second Youth Olympics.

In all, 64 male and female youth Olympians will tee-off at the Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Club.

It has been more than 100 years since the world`s top golfers have targeted a spot in the Olympic Games, but all will change with the sport being included in the 2016 Rio Games.

In less than two years, the sport makes a long-awaited return to the Games in Rio and, as is starting to become a trend, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at Nanjing are leading the way.

At the Nanjing 2014 Games, players from the Cook Islands, Panama, Guam and Swaziland are among those competing, and with 10 different nationalities represented in the top 20 of the men`s World Amateur Golf Rankings (the system used to determine qualifiers for Nanjing), the game is clearly growing in popularity across the globe.