Juniors get last crack at Masters

By ROD McLEOD

ONE of the most important junior events on the southern end of the Coast is this Sunday's Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club Junior Classic.

This is one of the last qualifying events for the Greg Norman Junior Masters and as an Open event, it is open to players from all districts.

There are a number of past winners in this event who have progressed to successful professional careers.

THE final round of Gold Coast District Golf Association senior and super senior pennants were held yesterday.

Congratulations and good luck to Joe Long and his team for making the final, which will be played next Monday at the Colonial Golf Club.

Coolangatta Tweed's opponents for the pennant will be either Southport or Sanctuary Cove teams they have beaten throughout the home- and-away series.

THE annual Gary Player Junior Golf Classic was held at Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane last week with Gold Coast golfer Blake McGrory finishing in third place.

Blake was leading early on in the 72 hole event but ended up three shots behind the eventual winner, fellow state player Ric Batibasica. Jake Younan-Wise, in his first tournament back from the US ended in sixth place.

MANY juniors from the Northern Rivers area are heading south for the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation tournament at Cessnock.

This is one of the major junior events held each year, so we wish all competing from this region the best of luck and good golfing.

THREE of the Queensland Sunshine Tour's present and future superstars have taken out the $100,000 Callaway/Hi-lite Pro-Am on the Gold Coast. A field of 73 pros and 210 amateurs teed off on Friday on day one.

Ashley Hall set the early pace firing a six under par round of 66 at Royal Pines Resort to take the overnight lead. Andrew Bonhomme continued his phenomenal form carding a five under par round of 67.

Day two saw much windier conditions, with Lucas Parsons carding a six under par round of 66 at Hope Island. Lucas and Chris Downes both reached 7 under par for the tournament, giving the leaders something to chase late on the back nine. Andrew Bonhomme came in with a 4 under par 68 to get to nine under.

Hall had to birdie the last hole to get to the mark set by Bonhomme. Last year's runner-up Paul Marantz joined the party with a 67 for a three-way victory.



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