Date: November 15, 2016
Author: Golf Australia

DRAW: Amateurs ready for marquee groups


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Tournament director Trevor Herden has broken something of a tradition by putting Australia's world-beating amateurs into marquee groups for this week's Emirates Australian Open.

In announcing some of the big-name groups for the first and second rounds today, Herden said he had full confidence red-hot Australian youngsters Curtis Luck and Brett Coletta and Scotland's Australian Amateur champion Connor Syme would more than hold their own.

"I think it’s time," Herden said.

"In the past, they haven’t been too keen to put some of these amateur players with the leading players, but there seems to be a new wave of calmness with some of these new young amateur guys.

"I think they’re more ready than what they were say, five, six, seven years ago and we’ve got a good group of them, so I haven’t got any problems with that now.

"They’re playing more and more pro events, which they’re getting used to that mood and the feeling, playing with the top pros.

"They’re ready for it … they’re all keen to play in these big groups."

Herden has placed Syme alongside dual Open winners Robert Allenby and Peter Lonard off the 10th tee on Thursday morning at 7am.

Luck has been scheduled to play alongside world No.5 and 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth and another major winner in Geoff Ogilvy in the following group.

Coletta has been scheduled alongside recent US PGA Tour winner Rod Pampling and boom Queensland pro Cam Smith at midday off the first tee.

"I spoke to Curtis. Curtis was quite excited. He did an interview after the Asian Amateur and wanted to actually play with Jordan because he wanted to get in his head about Augusta," said Herden, who praised the youngsters' readiness for the big stage.

"They’re very well prepared now through Golf Australia’s high performance system and they’re ready to play.

"When they step out there now they’re very much a different group of people than what they were five, six, seven years ago; they’re ready."

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Marquee pairings:

Hole 10    AM

7.00    Robert Allenby   Peter Lonard       Connor Syme am

7.10    Jordan Spieth      Geoff Ogilvy       Curtis Luck am

7.20    Richard Green    Mathew Goggin Greg Chalmers


Hole 1      PM

12.00     Rod Pampling     Cameron Smith  Brett Coletta am

12.10     Adam Scott         Aaron Baddeley Jhonattan Vegas

12.20     John Senden       Peter Senior        Stephen Allan



Greens: Creeping Bentgrass and Poa – cut at 2.6 mm – Current speed 11.3

Tees: Santa Ana Couch – cut at 7 mm

Fairways: Wintergreen – cut at 9 mm

Rough: Mix of couch varieties – cut at 55 mm

Course Superintendent – Mr. Steve Marsden