Western Australian Whitney Hillier will make her second appearance at next week's Queens Cup by Kowa. She shared her thoughts with us on what it means to her to play for her Country and Tour
Whitney, congratulations on making the ALPG team, what does it mean to play for your country and your home tour?
Thank you! It means so much to be able to play for my country and represent the ALPG. The Queens Cup is a one of a kind event and such a great opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the word. I loved playing last year and I can't wait to represent again!
Most of the ALPG team know each other very well, who will be the joker of the team this year?
Sarah Kemp is probably the funniest! She loves a good laugh and a bet against other team members.
Obviously Rachel Hetherington is a legend of Australian Golf, having beaten Annika Sorenstam in 3 playoffs on the LPGA Tour. As captain what can Rachel bring to a team who will be underdogs in 2016?
I was lucky enough to have Rachel as my foursomes partner last year and I learnt so much from her. She has a great demeanour and her game is unreal. She's a strong leader and she will bring lots of positivity into the team and make sure we have lots of fun at the same time! The other teams have to watch out for the underdogs!
Matchplay is obviously a different format to what you play week in week out, how do you approach matchplay compared to strokeplay?
It's almost the same as stroke play. You just play your best game and stay aggressive with your shots. The best thing is that anything can happen in match play so just keep the pressure on the opponent and get the point.
What are you looking forward to the most at The Queens Cup?
I LOVE Japan! It's such a beautiful country and the course is absolutely stunning. I really look forward to playing the tournament!
What do you think you learned the most from your experiences in The Queens Cup in 2015 that will stand you in good stead this year?
The teams are very strong so I have to bring my A-game and keep the pressure on. I know the course very well now so I can work my way around and make plenty of birdies!
About The Queens presented by Kowa
The Queens Cup presented by Kowa is a unique match play tournament featuring four teams of nine players, including a playing captain, from the Ladies European Tour, Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan, Ladies Korean LPGA and Australian Professional Golf Inc.
The tournament will take place at Miyoshi Country Club near Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
A total of 32 matches will be played over three days: eight fourball matches on day one, eight foursomes matches on day two and 16 singles matches on day three.
Scoring is done via a points system, with each match being worth 3 points to the winning team. If a match ends all square after 18 holes, 1 point is awarded to each team.
On completion of the first 2 days, the leading two teams will contest the "Championship Final" on Sunday 4th December, while the other 2 teams will contest the "Third Place Final"
Winning Team : 45,000,000 yen ( 5,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players)
Runner-up: 27,000,000 yen (3,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players)
3rd Place: 18,000,000 yen (2,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players)
4th Place: 9,000,000 yen (1,000,000 yen per person x 9 Players)
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