09 Oct 2019 | Amateur golf |

Red hot Aussies earn selection

by Mark Hayes

Emily Mahar, Cassie Porter, Lachlan Barker, Jack Trent
Emily Mahar, Lachlan Barker, Cassie Porter and Jack Trent

A red-hot Australian team will tackle the Spirit International in Texas next month.

Golf Australia today announced that Cassie Porter, Emily Mahar, Jack Trent and Lachlan Barker would form the four-person team to play north of Houston from 4-10 November.

GA high performance general manager Brad James said it was great combine both domestic and college-based athletes in the same team.

"Cassie performed extremely well on the home front winning the Jack Newton International Junior Classic in New South Wales at the weekend," James said.

"And at almost the same time, Emily was winning the Princess Anne Invitational in Virginia for her Virginia Tech team.

"On the men's side, we all marvelled at the PGA Tour debut of Jack Trent in Las Vegas, and we've been impressed by the form of Lachie Barker at Iowa State since he transitioned there from South Australia's high performance program.

"This is a great test for all of them against an international calibre field and on an elite golf course, but we're confident that we've picked a really competitive team."

The tournament is a 54-hole best ball competition with five events running simultaneously.

It features teams of four from 20 countries and is run biennially in years that the World Amateur Championship is not held.

The focus is on men's and women's teams competitions and a mixed teams event, but there are also men's and women's individual titles on offer.

The team will be supported on the ground by Emma De Groot and Adrian Wickstein.

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