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Kiwi Golfers Feeling At Home For World Championship Tilt

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6 October 2008 - The New Zealand women's golf team are feeling right at home for the 23rd Espirito Santo Trophy world teams championship that starts in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Coach Susan Farron said that excellent preparation in South Australia over the past two years has her team treating Adelaide as a second home.

A record 54 teams will contest the Espirito Santo tournament to be played on the West and East courses of Grange Golf Club, a links course on the South Australian coast.

The trio of Dana Kim and US-based Cathryn Bristow and Natasha Krishna are well versed with the course, comfortable with its surrounds and the city of Adelaide. Krishna was the second placed individual in the 2006 Queen Sirikit Cup on the neighbouring Royal Adelaide course while the team also competed in the Australian Amateur and South Australian Championships at The Grange earlier in the year.

"Often when we head overseas to a world championship we are in totally foreign surrounds, different style of course, different weather, different environment," Farron said.

"This time we know the course very well and enjoy playing here. We know Adelaide well and the team are very comfortable with everything. That is a big factor."

They had a shortened practise today with fierce winds ripping through the course.

"That's different than we have ever had here. Certainly there's always breeze on the coast but it's been good to sample just what this place can throw at you."

Krishna, who turns 20 later this year, believes her US college experience has made her a much more mature athlete.

The Auckland player is entering her senior year at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, after recording a win as a freshman and four top-20 performances in a solid sophomore year.

"I love it. I enjoy my independence and because college life is very busy mixing cademics with golf, I have had to become very organised with my time management.

"I am playing or practising golf every day but I think it is that I am now more mature and more rounded as a person that will make me a better golfer and better able to handle the challenge of a world championship."

She is delighted to be back on the links courses in Adelaide.

"I enjoy this course. I have always liked linksy courses and I enjoyed some good success at Royal Adelaide two years ago.

"It's exciting to be here. Our team is strong and they are so great to be around, and our management team is awesome. I am still very much a Kiwi at heart and I am really excited to be down here representing my country this week."

New Zealand has finished in the top 10 on 12 occasions since the biennial competition began in 1964. The best was runner-up in Switzerland in 1982 and second again in Christchurch in 1990, both times finishing behind USA who have dominated the trophy.

The depth of standard of women's amateur golf has grown significantly, with six different winners over the last six contests stretching back to Korea in 1996.

Hosts Australia, Queen Sirikit Cup champions Korea, the USA and Chinese Taipei will be the likely favourites with the New Zealanders hoping to go about their work unnoticed as they chase their best finish in nearly two decades.

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