Date: April 10, 2012

Young stars hunt junior titles and Open berths

More than 230 players from across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and Korea have descended on Queensland for the 2012 Australian Boys and Girls Junior Championships which begin on Wednesday 11 April with a spot in the respective Australian Opens on the line for the winners. The Australian Girls Amateur will see 84 players tee it up at Carbrook Golf Club, 30 minutes south of Brisbane. Last year s Champion, Cathleen Santoso (The Lakes GC, NSW), will return to defend her title while 2010 winner, Queensland- based Korean Annie Choi (Robina Woods), will also be aiming for her second title. Victoria s Su Hyun Oh (Kingswood, Vic) was the youngest player to ever contest the Women’s Australian Open in 2009 at the age of 12 and will be in the mix, as will Australian Trans-Tasman Cup Junior representatives Lauren Mason (Horton Park, Qld) and Hannah Green (Mt Lawley, WA). Not to be overlooked, New Zealand s leading juniors will be hoping to take the trophy over the Tasman Sea for the first time. While the girls are battling it out next to the famous bull sharks at Carbrook, a full field of 156 boys will contest the Australian Boys Amateur further north at Bribie Island Golf Club. National Junior Squad Member Oliver Goss (Royal Fremantle, WA) will be a favourite following his recent victory in the WA Amateur, while Australia s number 1 ranked junior and fellow Squad member Ricky Kato (Bonnie Doon, NSW) will be looking for his first national title. The youngest ever winner of the event, Anthony Murdaca (The Grange, SA) who won at the age of 14 in 2010, will be hoping to have his name on the trophy for a second time, while New Zealand Trans Tasman Cup team members Compton Pikari, Tyler Hodge and Ryan Chisnall are also expected to feature on the leaderboard. With remarkable respective honour rolls that include Adam Scott, Jason Day, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and LPGA Tour players Sarah Kemp, Sarah-Jane Smith, Tamie Durdin and Wendy Doolan spectators and supporters are guaranteed to see the stars of tomorrow on show Australian Boys&apos Amateur event page Australian Girls&apos Amateur event page