Date: October 11, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Strong Nomura Cup team selected

Australia will send a powerful team in an attempt to wrest back the Nomura Cup in Malaysia next month.

Four of the six Aussies who will play at this month's Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in New Zealand will head north for the region's men’s team championship.

New South Welshman Dylan Perry, Western Australia's Min Woo Lee and Queensland pair Shae Wools-Cobb and Charlie Dann will fly the flag at Sungai Long Golf Club on the eastern outskirts of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

NSW pair Travis Smyth and Harrison Endycott were unavailable because they had potential European Tour Q-School obligations when the team for the 9-12 November event was finalised.

It is the 28th edition of the biennial Nomura Cup, a hotly contested event that Australia had dominated since the early 1990s until the 2015 team was left behind in seventh.

Japan's win in the United Arab Emirates gave it a ninth title, now just one behind Australia which had won the previous two and seven of the previous eight.

Golf Australia high performance director Brad James said the burgeoning number of competitive nations around Asia had elevated the Nomura Cup's standing.

"You only need to see how many great athletes are coming out of the region to see how hard-fought this tournament will be," James said.

"This in an historic event in our region and we’ve enjoyed great success, particularly in recent years.

"But we saw in the UAE last time up that we can take nothing for granted at all," James said.

"We have selected a team that’s in good form and we’re confident they’ll put in a strong performance under national coach Tony Meyer."