Date: February 08, 2010

Queen Sirikit team ready for action

Golf Australia today announced the Australian team to compete in the 2010 Queen Sirikit tournament at Hamilton Golf Club in New Zealand from 7-9 April. The Australian team members are: Ebony Heard (SA), Stacey Keating (VIC) and Justine Lee (NSW). In 2009, Heard won the Queensland Women’s Stroke Play championship following runner-up finishes at the Srixon Australian Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Victorian Women’s Stroke Play. For Keating it will be the second consecutive appearance at the Queen Sirikit tournament after she played at Nirwana Golf Club in Bali last year. The Victorian s recent results include wins at The Dunes Medal in December and at the Elvie Whitesides Tasmanian s Women’s Stroke Play championship. Lee, the current Srixon Australian Amateur champion, will play the Queen Sirikit tournament for the first time following a stellar year in 2009 which included multiple victories as well as finishing as the leading amateur at the Women’s Australian Open. Golf Australia Chairman of Selectors Ian Read said We have come up with a mixture of experience and exciting youth, rewarding those players with good performances in Australian Ranking tournaments.” “After last year s unfortunate situation, where sickness took its toll on two of the players, the manager and coach, with Stacey the only one left standing, we are expecting a much happier and more successful tournament in New Zealand. The team manager is Jane Searle (NSW) and Dennise Hutton (NSW) will coach the Australian team at Queen Sirikit for the second consecutive time. The championship is hosted annually on a rotation basis among 14 invited member countries with the objectives to promote the standard of women’s golf in the region and to promote goodwill and friendship among participating teams. Each country is represented by 2-3 national team players who compete in the 54-holes stroke play over 3 rounds. Australia last won the tournament in 2001. Korea are the defending champions.