Fresh faces don green and gold

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Maddison Hinson-Tolchard enjoyed her taste of Japanese golf in this year's Women & # 39; s Amateur Asia-Pacific.

A new-looking Australian team will win the Toyota World Junior Team Championship this month.

The three-headed Aussie team playing in Japan consists of the rising Queenslander Cassie Porter and the West Australian duo Maddison Hinson-Tolchard and Kirsten Rudgeley.

The four-man men's team consists of Newcastle & # 39; s Jye Pickin, Elvis Smylie from the Gold Coast and a few more Perth golfers, Josh Greer and Hayden Hopewell.

Ritchie Smith, who coaches the team with Rachel Bailey, said the seven young competitors are all excited to take a first big step in their international development.

"As well as they are still learning the game, we are still learning their skills as emerging athletes," said Smith.

"But even though they are all different children in and out of the course, we absolutely know that they all crave knowledge.

"They have all shown great form in recent months to earn this honor, so we clearly have high expectations that they will be very competitive as soon as we arrive in Japan.

"But more important than that is that they record it all and learn what needs to happen to be successful on the world stage in the coming years."

The tournament, which will be played this year on the Ishino course of the Chukyo Golf Club near Nagoya, has traditionally been a great breeding ground for future champions.

It features 15 boys 'teams and nine girls' teams from all over the world and will be played from June 18-21, and the Australian team will wear sports uniforms with new logos.

Luke Mackey from Golf Australia also travels with the team as a strength and conditioning coach and sports scientist.

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