Date: November 13, 2006
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Wright and Garrett to represent Australia

Australian Ladies Professional Golf has today announced the Australia team to play the Women’s World Cup of Golf at the Gary Player course at Sun City in South Africa from 19 21st January 2007. Albury s Lindsey Wright will join forces with the Central Coast of New South Wales golfer, Nikki Garrett, to represent Australia in the event. With Australian number one and world number three, Karrie Webb, making herself unavailable for the event, Nikki Garrett became the first selected courtesy of her position on the Ladies European Tour money list and it then became Garrett s call as to who she would select as her playing partner. Both Wright and Garrett have come off outstanding seasons on their respective Tours. Garret finished her debut season in the professional ranks as the Ladies European Tour s Wales Ryder Cup Rookie of the Year while Wright, with just one event to play on the 2006 LPGA Tour, is currently in 43rd place on the ADT money list with nearly US$300,000. Wright is in just her second season on the LPGA Tour and has emerged as one of Australia s best female golfers. Both players successfully represented Australia in their amateur careers. Wright was a member of the Espirito Santo winning team in Malaysia in 2002. She finished runner up in the individual that year also. Wright played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University in California prior to turning professional in 2003. 22 year old Garrett played for Australia on several occasions at both Junior and Senior level and turned professional in late 2005, gaining her European Ladies Tour card at her first attempt. She finished 12th on the LET s 2006 Order of Merit earning nearly A$170,000. Obviously I was excited to learn of my selection, said Garrett. When I got the email advising me of my inclusion in the team I was really surprised as I had not even thought about the possibility of being included but I am really looking forward to it. I loved representing Australia in amateur golf and for this opportunity to have come so early in my professional career is a great thrill. I have not played at Sun City but have been there when I played a few events on the South African Ladies Professional Tour as an amateur, added Garrett. The course was then undergoing renovations so we were unable to play but it looked great and will be a pleasure to play in January. Speaking from the United States Wright also expressed her delight and surprise in being included in the team. I was surprised to be chosen, but I am very excited about competing in a team environment again and against some of the best countries and players in the world. To Represent Australia at the World Cup at a professional level, is truly a great honour. I haven t to date spent a lot of time with Nikki on the golf course as we play on different tours, added Wright, but she has had a great year in Europe, and is a very talented player. I am really looking forward to the challenge of learning each others games and contending for the championship. General Manager of Australian Ladies Professional Golf, Warren Sevil, was very pleased with the selection and optimistic about the Australian team s chances. Nikki and Lindsey are two of Australia s young guns who have earned this representative honour through outstanding performances this year. Not only are their games similar, with consistency and putting being their strengths, but they are very much alike in personality. Both are easy going and fun girls, yet very determined competitors, which should see the pair combine well and gel as a team. Nikki and Lindsey will prove to be wonderful ambassadors for Australian golf and there is no doubt the Australian flag will feature high on the Women’s World Cup leaderboard. The Women’s World Cup of Golf is a co-sanctioned event with the LPGA and Ladies European Tour