Date: April 30, 2010

Players selected for Japan, Scotland and USA

Golf Australia is pleased to announce the Australian team to compete at the Toyota World Junior Championship and the recipients of places at the Thunderbird International in Arizona and the Junior Open Championship in Scotland. The Australian team to compete at the Toyota World Junior Championship in Japan is Geoff Drakeford (VIC), Jake Higginbottom (NSW), Ryan Peake (WA) and Aaron Wilkin (QLD). The team manager is Les Browne (NSW). The championship is held at Chukyo Golf Club near Toyota City from 15-18 June. A member of the Victorian Institute of Sport, Drakeford won the 2009 Victorian Junior Masters at Waverley Golf Club and will represent Australia for the first time. Higginbottom, who also played at the recent Trans-Tasman Cup, is the current NSW Amateur champion and won the NSW Boys Junior title in 2009. Western Australian Golf Association Senior State Squad member Peake was runner up at this year s Victorian Junior Masters and was the 2009 Western Australian Junior Amateur champion. He competed at the Trans-Tasman Cup. Wilkin also represented Australia at the recent Trans-Tasman Cup in New Zealand and won both the Tasmanian Junior Masters and Tamar Valley Junior Cup titles earlier this year. The Australian team finished in 10th place at the 2009 Toyota World Junior Championship held at the same venue. As announced earlier in April, four players have now been selected to travel overseas following their performances at the Australian Boys and Girls Amateurs and Interstate Teams Matches in Tasmania. Cameron Smith (QLD) and Christina Mew (QLD) have been selected to travel to Scottsdale, Arizona for the Thunderbird International following their recent results and Australian ranking. The Thunderbird International is a 54-holes stroke play event held from 28-31 May at Grayhawk Golf Club host of the Fall Series US PGA Tour event, the Frys.Com Open. Australian Boys Amateur champion Anthony Murdaca (SA) and Queensland s Emily McLennan will compete at The Junior Open Championship at Lundin Golf Links in Scotland. The championship takes place from 12-14 July, just days before the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews.