New Zealand Golf has named a strong team to contest the 2013 Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Team Championship in Thailand.
The team is comprised of Vaughan McCall (Gore), Joshua Munn (Manawatu), Luke Toomey (Lochiel) and Cameron Jones (Gulf Harbour) for the event at the Santiburi Country Club in Chiang Rai from November 14 – 17.
Gregg Thorpe, the High Performance Manager at New Zealand Golf, believed that the Kiwi lads have a great chance of claiming the title for the second time.
“These guys have performed consistently both home and abroad in the past 18 months and have earned their place on merit,” said Thorpe
“Vaughan and Josh are seasoned competitors at the international level while Luke and Cameron have shown some exciting form in 2013 to be selected in the senior team for the first time. It is a great opportunity for them to perform on a big stage.
“We believe that we have a well-balanced team who will very competitive and represent New Zealand well at this prestigious event.”
The last time New Zealand held aloft the Nomura Cup was in 1995 when the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch hosted the event. This team wants to end that 18-year drought.
All four players have been standout performers throughout the 2013 season.
McCall returns for his second Nomura Cup after being part of the team that finished runner-up to Australia in 2011.
He made a name for himself in 2012 when he completed the NZ Stroke Play and NZ Amateur double. This year he played superbly in Texas to qualify for the US Championship to become the first Kiwi since Danny Lee to progress to the event.
Munn has shown good form on both the local and international stage. The two-time Charles Tour winner achieved his “most significant international win” in January when he claimed the Lake Macquarie Cup in Australia.
Toomey came close to winning the LawnMaster Classic on The Charles Tour when he finished runner-up by one stroke to Grant Moorhead in February. He also shot an 11-under par 61 at Manawatu in qualifying for the NZ Amateur to win the two-round event by 11 shots.
Jones achieved his breakthrough win on the national scene when he won the NZ Stroke Play Championship at the Papaparaumu Beach Golf Club. He shot an incredible six-under par 30 on the back nine to claim the win. The North Harbour amateur backed that up abroad when he finished tied ninth at the Canadian Amateur.
The Men’s Asia-Pacific Teams Championship, or more commonly known as the Nomura Cup, is a biennial competition rotated among the Asia-Pacific region. It was first held in the Philippines in 1963.
Conducted by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, each team consists of four male players, contesting 18 holes of stroke play for four days.
In each round the best three out of four scores constitutes the team score for the round.
The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship. The winning team receives the Nomura Cup, which was named after Shun Nomura, the former Vice-President of the Japan Golf Association who donated the Cup.