Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Scot Karis Davidson gets first "cap" for Australia
Hannah Green

Australia has selected an in-form team to tackle next month’s prestigious Queen Sirikit Cup tournament in South Korea.
Perth’s Hannah Green (pictured above) and Queensland Gold Coast duo Karis Davidson (born at Innerleithen, Scotland) and Robyn Choi will head to Jeju Island from April 27-29 vying for the mantle of Asia-Pacific’s top women’s team.
The 38th staging will be the first as an affiliated event under the Asia-Pacific Golf Federation’s banner, leaving behind its “invitational” status and opening up the tournament to entries from across the region.
The Australian team will be coached by Virginia Irwin and managed by Matt Cutler, who said beating the host nation would be a tall order, given they’ve won eight of the past nine championships.
“It will be exciting to take an in-form team to South Korea and pit ourselves against the best in our region,” Cutler said.
“The Asia-Pacific women's team recently beat Europe in the Patsy Hankins Trophy in Portugal, so we know how strong golf is in Asia.
“And it is a World Amateur year, so all players will be looking to make an impression given the formats are identical.”
The best two stroke scores daily for each team count towards the prestigious team event, while an individual prize is also up for grabs.
Australia last won the trophy in 2013 in Taiwan with Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Grace Lennon in the green and gold.
Green, Davidson and Choi are hoping to emulate that squad with each in impressive form.
Green, of Mt Lawley Golf Club, has been Australia’s top female amateur throughout the past year and was a key part of the Asia-Pacific triumph at the Hankins Trophy in Portugal two weeks ago.
The West Australian is also tournament hardened, having returned a string of top results in professional events throughout the summer.

Teenager Davidson, pictured right, of Sanctuary Cove, won the Queensland Strokeplay Championship last year and followed up last week with victory over Green in the West Australia  Strokeplay, ensuring that duo won the Karrie Webb Series scholarships for 2016.

Karis emigrated from the Tweed Valley to Queensland with her parents nine years ago. This is her first selection for the Australian team.

Choi, of Royal Pines, will also make her Australian debut, having been runner-up in the Golf SA Classic last week and victorious at the Greg Norman Junior Classic last year.