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Tonkin continues golfing wins

COOLANGATTA-Tweed Golf Club's Jacob Tonkin, continued his climb towards golfing stardom on his home course yesterday, sharing victory in the 15 years boys division at the prestigious Greg Norman Junior Masters.

The youngster shot rounds of 70-74-73-75 for a 36-hole total of 292 to share the victory dais with Gold Coast Country's Terada Tenka who led Jacob by one stroke leading into yesterday's final round.

Yesterday's 18 holes were played under windy conditions which in turn made it tough going for all 224 golfers who converged on Cooly-Tweed from throughout Australasia and South East Asia.

Jacob, who began the tournament with a blistering 2-under par 70 on Monday was delighted with his victory and well satisfied with his performance under yesterday's tricky conditions.

"The wind made it tough going from the first tee until the last green but I'm happy to go around in just 3-over par and pull back that stroke from Terada," Jacob said.

The tournament catered for boys and girls 13 years and under, 15 years and under and 17 years and under.

Rae Clarke, the chief executive officer of the Greg Norman Foundation, was 'flabbergasted' by the standard of play displayed by the boys and girls throughout the tournament - an arduous task for youngsters, playing 18 holes of golf on four successive days.

"It is just so wonderful to see so much young talent coming through the junior ranks throughout the region," Ms Clarke said.

"I think many of the youngsters who played here will become household names in the future."



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