Date: April 06, 2010

Queen Sirkit Cup team ready to fire in NZ

Recently crowned Srixon Australian Amateur champion Stacey Keating (VIC) is joined by Ebony Heard (SA) and Justine Lee (NSW) in final preparations in New Zealand for the 2010 Queen Sirikit Cup at Hamilton Golf Club in New Zealand which begins tomorrow. The Australian team, which last won the Cup in 2001, begin their campaign on Wednesday on New Zealand s North Island. For Keating it will be the second consecutive appearance at the Queen Sirikit Cup and the third consecutive tournament for all three players following the Trans-Tasman Cup at Royal Wellington Golf Club last week and the Srixon Australian Amateur Championships the week before. Lee, the 2008 Srixon Australian Amateur champion, will play the Queen Sirikit tournament for the first time following a stellar year in 2009 which included multiple victories. 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. The team manager is Jane Searle (NSW) and Dennise Hutton (NSW) will coach the Australian team at the Queen Sirikit Cup for the second consecutive time. The championship is hosted annually on a rotation basis among 14 invited member countries with the objectives of promoting 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. Korea is the defending champion. For more information on the tournament, visit