Date: December 02, 2007

Nisbet extends lead in China

Daniel Nisbet is poised to set a new record at the Aaron Baddeley International Junior in China after extending his lead after the third round. The talented Queenslander fired a three under 69 to be six under par. He leads Japan&aposs Masahiro Kawamura by nine shots. Another solid round from Nisbet will make him the first player to break par over the four days of competition since Baddeley moved the tournament to the Dragon Lake course three years ago. Fellow Queenslander Cecelia Nha leapt into fourth position in the girls&apos event after also posting a three under 69. West Australian Whitney Hiller, who today celebrated her 17th birthday, had another solid round 74. Hillier is in sixth spot, just four shots from Miho Mori of Japan, Hsuan-Yu Yao and Yu Ling Hsieh both from Chinese Taipei. Luke Allen had his best round of the tournament with a two over 74 to help lift Australia in the team competition. Victorian golfer Andrew Moodie improved ten shots on the third round with a 78. Moodie played solid golf but struggled with his putter. In the team competition Australia has jumped into second spot after today&aposs solid performances. They trail Chinese Taipei by five shots. Team manager Gary Linford believes Australia is poised to strike going into the last day. “We&aposre happy where we are after three rounds,” he said. “After today&aposs effort we re back with a chance of winning.” Linford said Nisbet was in the best position to win the championship since the tournament s inception in Fiji in 2001. “He&aposs really played great golf this week in tough conditions. He&aposs handled himself well and I think he&aposll go on to win it.” Linford is pleased with the Australian girls&apos performance but believes they&aposll need a miracle to win it. “Because there are three girls on top, it&aposs going to be tough for Whitney or Cecilia to win it. “Having said that, they&aposve both had a great week and showed they can compete at the highest level.”