Miracle shot for Masters
A MIRACLE shot ended Tweed golfer Jake Younan-Wise's hopes of victory on a dramatic final day at the Greg Norman Junior Masters tournament at Coolangatta and Tweed Heads golf club yesterday.
Sydneysider Adam Downton fired a three-under-par 69 to finish on 280, six shots clear of Younan-Wise in the prestigious event.
Downton had started the day five shots clear of his nearest challengers but Younan-Wise had quickly set about reeling him in, slashing the deficit to two strokes after birdies at the 2nd and 5th holes.
However his challenge came to an abrupt end at the very next hole on the River Course when Downton holed out from the bunker for an eagle.
"I had him scared for a little while but when he holed that, that was it," Younan-Wise said last night.
Younan-Wise carded a twounder 70 to finish alone in second for the second consecutive year but he was far from disappointed with his effort.
"I was playing solid but he got a bit too far away and there wasn't enough holes left," he said.
"He had me all day. When I got near him he was able to pull away."
New Zealander Natasha Krishna held on to win the girls title, carding a one-over 73 to finish at 288, three shots clear of China's Hsiao Ching Lu who was alone in second spot despite slumping to a three-over 75.
Coolangatta and Tweed Heads members dominated the 15 and under division with Bianca Mathiou carding a oneover 74 for a 297 total to claim the girls title while clubmate Callum Driscoll finished with a two-under 70 for 288 to win the boys event.
Gold Coaster Cecilia Nita took out the girls 13 and under title while Brisbane's Jackson Park shot a closing round 74 to claim the boys crown.
Meanwhile, Tweed golfer Elliott Smith rocketed home on the final day to claim the nett trophy.
Smith, playing off a handicap of 19, finished with 270 nett, five clear of Byron Bay's Oscar Koch (5).
Sunshine Coaster Clarissa Elliott, off 30, claimed the girl's title.