Adam Burdett represented Australia at the recent Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship in China, which the team won.GEORDIE COWAN January 7, 2013 4:59am
Rich River golfer Adam Burdett got a taste of international tournament life when he played with a successful Australian team last month.
The six-player team won the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship at Lion Lake Country Club in Guangdong, China, with Burdett finishing 11th individually out of 27, shooting rounds of 71, 81, 71 and 72.
‘‘It was a good experience,’’ he said of the championships.
‘‘The team did pretty well
‘‘Otherwise on the last day we had a seven-shot lead going into it and our team totalled only four-over on the day, which was a very good score.’’
Australia ended up winning by 25 shots from the US, with Chinese Taipei one shot further back.
Following the team event, the Australian players were invited to take part in the China Open Amateur at Nanhai Peach Garden Golf Club.
There Burdett tied for 31st in the 72-hole event, out of 113 players.
Getting the best out of his game was only one of many challenges which he faced in China.
‘‘The course was a lot different, as the greens were a lot slower and (the course) was more open,’’ Burdett said.
‘‘The language was hard, especially trying to communicate with everyone.
‘‘And the standard (of play) was a lot better than most junior tournaments in Australia.
‘‘There were so many good juniors over there.’’
The 18-year-old qualified to go to China after making the Victorian team for the ABIJC Australian final, finishing second on a countback at Yering Meadows in September.
The Victorians went on to win the national final at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in October, with Burdett finishing equal third to claim a spot in the Australian team.
Burdett attributes some of his improved performances since uprooting from Moama and moving to Melbourne in July, attending the Australian College of Elite Golf.
‘‘I got a few emails and thought I ‘might as well go’,’’ he said.
‘‘I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.’’
Burdett will stay at the college until July 2014, where he will also gain a diploma in sports management.
‘‘My golf has been much better and more consistent (since the move),’’ he said.
‘‘I am shooting under par a lot more.
‘‘There is a fitness requirement as well. I go to the gym a fair but, learn about nutrition, biomechanics and all that.’’
Although he is the youngest there — with the oldest player aged 30 — Burdett said he was enjoying it.
As well as his overseas successes in 2012, Burdett played with fellow Rich River member Aaron Coates for Goulburn Valley at Country Week, with both then selected for the Country Victoria team to play South Australia.
Victoria comfortably defeated the home team at Millicent Golf Club, 13.5 to 2.5.
Burdett has also finished third at two Ivo Whitten events, won the junior Goulburn Valley Golf Tournament at Kyabram — and second in the seniors — and played in Canberra at the Amateur Federation Cup, tying for 29th.
‘‘It was probably the best I’ve played for in a while,’’ he said.
More recently, he tied for 34th out of 115 at the Victorian Open Amateur event, with two rounds played at Kingston Heath Golf Club and the other two at Commonwealth Golf Club.
Next up for Burdett is the Australian Amateur Championships from January 15 to 20 at Commonwealth and Woodlands golf clubs, before he will travel to Sydney for three weeks, where he will compete at the NSW Amateur Championship and the Lake Macquarie International Amateur Championship.
Burdett thanked his family, the district community and Rich River Golf Club Resort for supporting him and his dream of becoming a professional.
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