AGU initiative for juniors at 2003 Australian Open

BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | General | 16 Apr 2003
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The Australian Golf Union is pleased to announce that three junior categories have been added to the list of exemptions for the 2003 Australian Open to be played at Moonah Links from 27 – 30 November 2003.

The AGU is combining with Aaron Baddeley in an exciting promotion for Australian junior golf which will result in three extra juniors playing in the Australian Open:

1. Tom Davis from Queensland as winner of last weekend’s Wilson Australian Junior Amateur Championship
2. Philip Francis from the USA as winner of the 2003 Aaron Baddeley World Junior Championship (ABWJC)
3. The winner of the 2003 Australian Junior Order of Merit

The Australian Junior Order of Merit has been established to decide Australia’s leading junior golfer so that he can be offered the above position. There are only 14 events listed with “official points” status including two events per state combined with the Wilson Australian Junior Amateur Championship and the ABWJC Australian Final. The final event for the Order of Merit will be the ABWJC Australian Final. This event, which is held the week before the Australian Open at The Legends Course at Moonah Links, will carry double points.

The three juniors will play together in the Australian Open field, the size of which has been increased by three.

This new initiative will provide the juniors with invaluable experience and the opportunity to emulate Aaron’s feat of 1999 when he won Australia’s most prestigious golf title as a teenaged amateur.

Commenting on the initiative Aaron said: “The 1999 Australian Open will always be my most memorable victory and it is exciting to see that the AGU is rewarding three top juniors with a chance to play in Australia’s best event.”

AGU President Ray Turner said: “The AGU is pleased to provide this exciting opportunity for young golfers and we look forward to working closely with Aaron Baddeley in assisting our young golfers to develop their skills, much as we helped Aaron as a junior golfer.”

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