Female players in full swing for WA

Nicha Thanissorn, Claudia Pisano, Hira Naveed and Hannah Green will also play in the WA amateur championships at Royal Fremantle from March 13-17. Picture: Marcus Whisson d395915
Nicha Thanissorn, Claudia Pisano, Hira Naveed and Hannah Green will also play in the WA amateur championships at Royal Fremantle from March 13-17. Picture: Marcus Whisson d395915

The team will compete in the Australian Junior Amateur championships and the Junior Interstate Series at the WA Golf Club in Yokine and Mt Lawley Golf Club.

State Junior Girls’ manager Susan Thomson is also the Mt Lawley Golf Club junior girls’ coordinator and is responsible for looking after the girls at the Mt Lawley Golf Club, as well as mentoring and assisting.

She said each of the girls ” Hannah Green, Nicha Thanissorn, Hira Naveed and Claudia Pisano ” brought something special to the team. Alyssa Keir from the Vines and Mandurah Country Club member Jessica Whitting rounded out the team.

This was the first time four girls had been selected for the team from Mt Lawley Golf Club, Ms Thomson said.

‘The girls know each other very well (and) are all good friends who regularly play golf together on Sunday mornings at Mt Lawley, as well as in junior events throughout the State.’

Hannah is the number 12 ranked woman in Australia and had won the Aaron Baddeley Australian Final and the Newman and Brooks 54-hole Tournament last year.

‘She was also a member of the winning Australian team that took out the Trans-Tasman Cup and the WA team that took out the Women’s Interstate Series. In January, Hannah made the semi-finals of the Australian Amateur championship.’

She said Claudia was the current WA sub-junior champion as well as the reigning ladies champion at Mt Lawley.

‘Claudia Pisano will be making a return for her second appearance. She has recently reduced her handicap to scratch. Claudia represented WA at the recent Youth Olympics in Sydney,’ she said.

‘Nicha Thanissorn is a 12-year-old who will be making her first appearance. She is the current WA junior girl match-play champion. Hira Naveed is also making her first appearance for WA. Hira recently won the Tamar Valley Junior Cup in Tasmania and is currently the number 15 ranked junior girl in Australia.’

Ms Thomson said the girls state team was selected from a squad of girls who were chosen around September each year.

‘The girls then attend state training and fitness sessions regularly, compete in both junior and women’s events during the year and from there the final six are chosen in early February.’

‘The girls are considered one of the favourites going into the series and have their sights set on bringing home the cup, which they narrowly missed out on last year, finishing second to Queensland,’ she said.