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Armstrong set to be a President's man

Joshua Armstrong
Joshua Armstrong is ready to go in the Junior President's Cup

An excited Josh Armstrong has jetted out to the United States in readiness to become one of the ‘Presidents Men’ at the inaugural Junior President’s Cup next week at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey.

Armstrong will be one of three Australians in the 11-member Junior International team, alongside Western Australia’s Fred Lee and US-based Victorian Karl Vilips when the two-day event begins on Tuesday (Australian time).

The calm and collected demeanour Armstrong displays towards his opponents on course slipped a little when asked about his expectations for the week.

“It’s a pretty cool honour to be part of the first (junior) International team,” he said with a grin.

“I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Armstrong has been in regular contact with the team captain, South African Trevor Immelman, since his selection and is under no millusion as to what is required of him.

“He seems like a pretty cool guy, pretty laid back,” Armstrong said. “But he’s there to get the business done obviously.”

Armstrong is also aware of the quality of his fellow teammates and the American opposition he’ll face after coming across many of them at the US Junior Amateur at Flint Hills Golf Club in July.

“I’ve met a few of the others in the squad along the way; they’re all very talented.”

“It will be kind of good going into the week already knowing a few of the guys.”

Besides a strong desire to win, Armstrong has little idea what to expect since it's the first time the tournament has ever been held. The 18-year-old hasn’t lost what the thrill of the occasion is about, however, and intends to enjoy every moment of the experience

“I'm looking forward to having some fun out there and enjoying it.”

In what will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Armstrong, Lee and Vilips will also get to rub shoulders with the stars of the Presidents Cup side the following week before they go into battle against the USA at Liberty National Golf Club.

“That's going to be a tremendous learning experience for me. I’ll get what I can out of it, ask heaps of questions, that's all I can do,’ Armstrong said.


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