Date: July 12, 2010

McLennan, Murdaca set for Open thrill

With the sporting world s attention on St Andrews this week, Queensland s Emily McLennan and South Australia s Anthony Murdaca are in Scotland to compete at the biennial Junior Open Championship at Lundin Golf Club. Held just 12 miles from the 150th Open Championship venue, the field will experience the excitement and build up to the major championship. Murdaca, the current Australian Boys Amateur champion, became the youngest-ever winner of the event with his two stroke victory at Launceston Golf Club in April. McLennan took out this year s Tasmanian Girls Masters at Riverside Golf Club by 12 strokes. Both will be playing the Junior Open Championship for the first time. A total of 77 countries will be represented, with 18 nations, including Laos, Lithuania, Papua New Guinea and Uruguay, sending players for the first time. Lundin Golf Club has a strong history with St Andrews, having played host to Local Final Qualifying for St Andrews Open Championships from 1978 to 2005. All nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter one boy and one girl, under the age of 16, for the biennial event, which is played over three rounds of stroke play. Following the event, competitors will attend the 150th Anniversary Open Championship at St Andrews. Past players at The Junior Open Championship include newly-crowned US Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer and Northern Ireland s Rory McIlroy. The 2010 Junior Open Championship is held at Lundin Golf Club from 12-14 July.