Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Rae Clark, said she was extremely pleased with this years' field with representatives from 7 overseas countries, all Australian States including a large contingent of Queensland youngsters accepting the invitation to participate.
Last years' winners, Queensland's Cameron Smith, who holds the tournament record of 24 under and the only three time winner of the event has now left the junior ranks, whilst Australian Amateur Champion Min Jee Lee from WA is not available this year.
15 year old Victorian Champion Su-hyun Oh is in peak form having just returned from China after winning the female title of the Aaron Baddeley Junior International. She chipped in for a birdie at the 72nd hole to force a playoff with the world's 3rd ranked female amateur Cecilia Cho from New Zealand who Oh defeated at the first extra hole.
Oh, from the Kingswood Golf Club in Melbourne, has already qualified for the 2012 Australian Ladies Open and the Australian Ladies Masters and will be representing Victoria in the Greg Norman.
South Australia's Anthony Murdaca, the 2010 Australian Junior Champion, along with current Queensland Junior Champions, Viraat Badhwar (Indooroopilly) and Lauren Mason (Horton Park), are other leading chances amongst the 230 contenders.
17 year old Murdaca who has represented his State over the last few years also won the South Australian Junior Masters in 2010 plus the 2010 and 2011 South Australian Junior Vardon averages trophy.
Badhwar "“ 16 years of age with a handicap of +3 is a World Junior Champion and represented Queensland this year in the Australian Interstate Junior Series.
Current Katherine Hull Classic winner Lauren Mason also represented Queensland in this years' girls' team and has just returned from China where she was a member of the Australian team competing in the Aaron Baddeley World Junior International Championship.
Western Australia's Whitney Harvey hopes to go one better than her runner up finish in last year's Junior Masters. The 17 year old plays off a handicap of 1 and has represented Western Australia in state teams for the last three years.
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