Jack Newton turns courses into ?kids only? zones
By BOB ANTHONY
MORE than 200 of the best junior golfers in NSW have commandeered the Murwillumbah Golf Course this week to contest the Jack Newton NSW Age Championships.
The championships, being shared between the Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah golf courses, will see about 200 players on each, tackling their respective age titles.
Among those getting in some practice were sisters Teagan and Natika Dunn from Bateman's Bay.
Teagan, who has been playing since the age of seven, is contesting the 13-year age-group off a nine handicap, while Natika, who has been playing for only two years, is in the 12-year age-group with a handicap of 43.
Both got into the sport through their father Gary, who has been relegated to caddie this week.
The Dunns have had a lengthy association with the Jack Newton event, with Gary's son Shane, now in the PGA, having started out in the event years ago.
But the family's love of the sport has come at a price, especially for Gary, whose handicap has slipped to nine while he watches his daughters improve.
He said the beauty of the event was it gave the youngsters a chance to play on a wide variety of courses, meeting new people and working on their games.
Starting yesterday, the competition featured the NSW Champion of Champions event at Mullumbimby Golf Course,which saw Murwillumbah golfer Brianna Malcolmson shoot a two over par 73 to claim the 2006 junior girls' Champion of Champions title.
Practice rounds will be played at both clubs, with the qualifiers being played at Murwillumbah on Thursday and Friday.
According to Murwillumbah Golf Club professional Mike Jenkins the course has been "clogged with kids" as the youngsters from around the state make the most of the near-perfect conditions.