Harry Takis & Kate McFarlane
FOR WINNING THE COVETED 2022 INVINCIBLES
IGA SUNSHINE COAST JUNIOR MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP!
It gave the committee of The Invincibles Tour, and three of Queensland’s finest golf courses in Peregian Golf Course, Twin Waters and Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort a great deal of pleasure to host the nineteenth running of The Invincibles IGA Junior Masters Championship, where our juniors were tested to the max and were more than capable of rising to the occasion!
As Harry Takis (Virginia) would testify, as he put in a magnificent performance to finish with rounds of 69-69-73-70=281, to win with five under over the four days, from the very talented Harrison Gomez (Royal Pines) after he finished normal time on 69-72-72-70=283, three under.
Harry Takis, our 2020 Masters Champion couldn’t defend his title last year due to a serious back injury, that forced him out of the game for the best part of the year. But 2022 has seen him hit the ground running and making up for lost time by winning six events this year which displays a certain amount of grit and determination.
Our girl’s division displayed some incredible talent as the scores would indicate, particularly from Kate McFarlane (Bundaberg) who won with scores of 69-72-69-70=280, six under par for the Championship.
Unfortunately, after applying enormous pressure the Kate, last year’s runner-up Yuuki Takada (Southport) had to settle for second once again, and it wasn’t for the want of trying after applying enormous pressure to Kate right up until the last putt, with scores of 73-68-70-70=283, three under, which was a fantastic achievement.
The committee of The Invincibles would like to thank all those (including the parents and families) that participated in this year’s master’s championship, for your sportsmanship and camaraderie, collectively you helped make the championship a great success.
It is a shame that there can be only one winner, because one must applaud both Yuuki Takada and Harrison Gomez (below p2-3) on their outstanding performances, that epitomises what The Invincibles Tour is all about.
The Invincibles Masters Championship is a unique event, a championship that is generally played over four days, on four magnificently presented and different courses that all throw up their own set of challenges, which is something that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Australia, as far as we know, that lends itself to being a unique and very exciting four days of competitive golf!
Unfortunately, this year was once again contested on three courses given that Pelican Waters has been brought back to a nine-hole course whilst they go through a total revamp of the course and clubhouse, which they hope to have open by the start of 2023.
Dale Williamson, Golf Director at Pelican was disappointed that they couldn’t host a day this year but are looking forward to hosting their day next year, where they look forward to showcasing their new course and facilities and making welcome The Invincibles IGA Junior Masters.
It was fantastic to receive such positive feedback from the parents and juniors that participated, in the way the Championship was run, as there is an enormous amount of work that goes into events like this, and that includes the input and support of our juniors and their parents, our clubs, sponsors and the media.
B/R: Adam Jansz- Wesley Hinton-Jack Armstrong-Fahim Hilmi-James Riseley-
Harry Takis-Nathan Jackson-Shae Coghlan-Jaxon Smith
F/R Miles Romagnoli-Louis Robertson-Jack Jones-Shane Dunning-Chase Rendell-
Hyunseo Yim-Harrison Gomez (Inset Hayden Petersen).
B/R: Natasha Larard-Juhi Rampersad-Ellandi Findlay-Marley Habermann-Maddison
Kelly-Kate McFarlane-Ionna Muir-Caitlin Vanderkruk-Yuuki Takada-Grace Rho
F/R Ruby Kavanagh-Mikayla Dyal-Coco Moore-Sunday Moore-Lilly Surasen.
It is hard to believe why anyone would rather be anywhere else, than contesting their home-grown Masters Championship whilst enjoying the facilities and surrounds of three of the country’s finest golf courses and the company of their Tour team mates and friends.
Our 2022 Championship couldn’t have been run in better conditions, four magnificent days, all be it a little windy on day three at Noosa Springs that tested everyone, but not to the point that it stopped us from witnessing an incredible display of golf.
It's fair to say that our Masters was a great success, for a lot of different reasons, not the least being the trust and support that we have received over many years, from three very generous managers in Daniel Morrison (Peregian Golf Course) Steve Hutchison (Twin Waters) and Daniel Chandler (Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort).
Many thanks also go to their incredibly supportive teams in the Pro Shops, Caterers, along with their Office, Bar and Ground staff who collectively did a brilliant job to make sure our championship ran smoothly.
As is always the case, nothing was too much trouble to them, but most importantly, we would like to thank all concerned for making our championship the great success it was, and for making everyone feel so welcome.
One of the great positives that’s continued throughout 2022 in the committee’s mind, is the willingness of all parties to work together as a team including (Golf Australia, PGA Australia, LPGA, Junior Golf Queensland, our Zone, and District Golf Associations and The Invincibles Tour).
This should fill all golfers “both junior and senior” with an enormous amount of confidence in knowing that everyone's energy is focused on a mutual goal and that's to promote and develop junior golf into the future, with the aim of leaving a legacy for our juniors and future generations!
Events like our Masters Championship don’t just happen, they happen, because people like these three very generous men above, care enough to make sure they happen, and because they, like all of us would like to see The Invincibles Tour grow and the game of golf flourish “in particular junior golf” and that’s something we’d like to think none of us take for granted.
Because if it wasn’t for these very generous men, their organisations and others like them, and our sponsors, our Tour just wouldn’t exist!
It always gives The Tour an enormous buzz and adds a fantastic atmosphere. to see past members and their families come to support The Masters, which all adds to the atmosphere and the occasion.
As history would tell us, there are an enormous amount of past Invincibles members who are making a name for themselves on the world stage, like Cassie Porter who was at Peregian for the opening round, along with dual Masters Champion, George Giblett and last year’s champion, Ben Duncombe who came to support The Tour and caddie for Maddison Kelly and James Riseley respectively.
There’s no doubting that the parents play a huge part in “The Tour” but when it comes to our Major Events and Championships, they go that extra yard by helping as Mobile Scorers, Marshals, Caddies, and Spotters, or in any way they can to make sure our events create a positive, fun, and friendly environment, where everyone enjoys the moment, and that’s something we really do appreciate.
Day four: Saw the weather forecasters predicting all sorts of nasty weather, but as luck would have it, we dodged a bullet and arrived at Noosa Springs to an excellent day to host the final days play.
And what a fantastic and exciting day it was, with both the girls’ and boys’ divisions going down to the wire.
Highlights on the day included: Harrison Gomez’s fantastic putt from off the first green for birdie was exceptional, if there is ever such a thing as a fantastic boggy, it would have the one Miles Romagnoli recorded on the seventh, Jack Jones’s tee shot and putt for birdie on the fourth.
After having a quad on the par five third hole yesterday, Grace Rho got redemption today with a birdie and Marley Haberman's incredible eagle from the trees on nine.
Also, Wesley Hinton’s brilliant tee shot on the third hole that did everything but hole out and finished four inches behind the hole for the simplest of tap in birdies, Ionna Muir, and Kate McFarlane’s magical birdies on the fourth and Kate McFarlane’s chip in on 9 for eagle.
Also, witnessing Yuuki Takada driving the 11th green to within a meter to roll in her eagle putt, Jaxon Smith’s brilliant birdie on seventeen whilst being attacked by plovers, was quite remarkable and Ionna Muir excellent birdie on the eighteenth and Shane Dunning recording an eighteen shot better performance than he did in round three, which he was very proud off and rightly so, which were just a few of the many highlights during the day.
Day Three: Saw The Tour travel to the magnificently prepared Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort on a picture perfect day, no wind to talk of, 24c, under a slightly overcast sky, the perfect day for Noosa Springs and their team to host round three of the Championship, where Kate McFarlane, overnight leader continued her great form, recording rounds of 69-72-69=210 to take a one shot lead into the final round, from equal overnight leader Yuuki Takada (Southport) who recorded rounds of 73-68-70=211 that paired them into the final group on day four.
Like the girl’s division, the boy’s division was always going to be a hard-fought affair, given that Harry Takis was heading into the final round with a two-shot lead from the very focused Harrison Gomez (Royal Pines) after both boys recorded rounds of, 69-69-73=211, and 69-72-72=213 respectively, that all points to an extremely exciting final round and finish to the championship.
Highlights included: Ellandi Findlay’s tee shot and birdie putt on four for birdie, Grace Rho’s approach and five-meter putt on seven for birdie, Lilly Surasen and Mikayla Dyal’s fifteen-meter chips from off the back of the twelfth green for birdies, Grace Rho, and Louis Robertson’s approaches to twelve to set up their birdie putts, and Yuuki Takada and Kate McFarlane’s brilliant approaches to the seventeen green to set up excellent birdies.
Day two: saw our juniors make their way to the beautifully presented Twin Waters Golf Club, where they were treated to another perfect day, so there couldn’t be any excuses, and there certainly weren’t any from the leading group, who all recorded solid performances.
Girls: Kate McFarlane (Bundaberg) was joined at the top of the leader board by last year’s runner-up, Yuuki Takada (Southport) who was working hard on redemption after both girls finished with rounds of 69-72=141 and 73-68=141 respectively.
Boys: Harry Takis (Virginia) put in another brilliant round of 69 to take the outright lead after round two from Harrison Gomez (Royal Pines) after both boys finished with rounds of 69-69=138 and 69-72=141 to wind up day two.
Highlights included: Grace Rho’s birdie on the par five first hole, followed by hitting the flag stick on the par three second to within six inches for a tap in birdie, Jack Jones nearly holing out on seven for a simple kick in birdie.
And one can’t go past the competitors themselves (our juniors) for the way they handle themselves.
They played in the true spirit of the game as their sportsmanship and demeanour shone through, both on and off the course, giving pleasure for everyone participating over the four days.
Day One: In what were perfect conditions to play golf, a squad of South-East Queensland’s finest junior golfers gathered at the magnificently presented Peregian Golf Course to contest the opening round of The Invincibles 2022 IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Championships, where Harry Takis (Virginia) Kate McFarlane (Bundaberg) and Harrison Gomez (Royal Pines) put in brilliant performances to lead the way after opening with sub-par rounds of 69’s respectively.
Others that also put in solid performances were Ionna Muir (Maroochy River) Mikayla Dyal (Royal Queensland) and Sunday Moore ((Noosa Springs) who all finished with rounds of 72.
Takis and Gomez had a lead of six strokes from a strong group of five players that included Wesley Hilton, Fahim Hilmi (both from Keperra) and Hyunseo Yim (Royal Pines) and Jack Armstrong (Royal Queensland) who all finished with 75’s heading into day two at Twin Waters.
Highlights included: Yuuki Takada’s tee shot on eight to within six inches for a tap in birdie, Ellandi Findlay’s chip in eagle on nine, Fahim Hilmi’s three meter putt on eleven for eagle, James Riseley’s tee shot on twelve, Miles Romagnoli’s approach to eighteen and putt for birdie along with Harrison Gomez’s eagle putt on eighteen to within a couple of inches to finish with a tap in birdie, which were just a few of the many highlights on what was a magical days golf.
From the feedback that we received, is that the big winners from our Junior Masters Championship is our juniors, their families and golf in general and isn’t that what we are all striving to achieve?
The Invincibles Tour believes that most would agree that the main highlight was in the way the contestants, caddies and their families brought a fun and friendly atmosphere to the championship and the spirit in which the Championship was played, it was played hard, but fair and in the true spirit of the game.
The Tour would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to their above sponsors and supporters (Supporters Tab at top of page) for the tremendous support they give to junior golf and for helping us promote and develop the game of golf to all juniors wishing to enjoy their golf on the Sunshine Coast and beyond.
We also believe that The Invincibles Tour and its events, such as The Sunshine Coast Junior Masters, The Sunshine Coast Course Cup and Gold Cup of Cups Championships, The Invincibles Match – Play and their Inter – Club Team Shield play an integral part in the landscape of junior golf on the Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland, and that’s largely due to our supporters (above) and everyone pulling together as a team in the name of junior golf!
This is extremely pleasing to see and enormously satisfying to everyone involved!!!
Thanks to Golf Australia (Queensland) and the R&A, The Invincibles IGA Junior Masters Championship is acknowledged and endorsed by the R&A as a World Amateur Golf Ranked Event.
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The committee of The Invincibles Tour consider this another massive acknowledgement and endorsement of what they are striving to achieve within junior golf on the Sunshine Coast and they would like to think that everyone that has played any part (no matter how big or small) in helping create and advance The Tour to the level it is today, can take a certain amount of pride and satisfaction out of this prestigious honour.
Congratulations must also go to Sunday Moore (Noosa Springs p1 below) and Harrison Gomez (Royal Pines –p2) for winning the Nett Division of The Invincibles Junior Masters with rounds of 67-76-72-69=284 and 70-73-73-71=287 respectively!
The Tour would personally and on behalf of everyone extend our thanks and our appreciation to Frank Schmidt who does a brilliant job, and to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly with scoring, marshalling or in any way they could to make sure our Junior Masters ran smoothly and was a great success.
Many thanks to Neil Charkow who works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring our website up to date, so we can stay well informed with what is happening on Tour “Your Tour”.
They would also like to thank Penny Smith for her enormous feedback and support with scoring, her input is very much appreciated.
I would also like to pass on my deepest thanks and appreciation to my wife Marshan, our committee who did a brilliant job making sure everyone had peace of mind when it came to results and to anyone that played any small part in making sure our 2022 IGA Masters ran smoothly, we thank you!!!
A special thanks to Greg Muddle (Noosa Springs - below) for starting the field over the audio system, it was much appreciated and added a nice feel to the final days play!
I personally find our junior golfers a pleasure to be associated with and The Tour would like to thank you all for striving to play your part in making sure your Junior Masters was a great success, and we look forward to making it an even greater success in 2023!
Many thanks for those that took the time to read the conditions of play and came to play accordingly.
The reason our conditions of play are so strict, is out of respect for our host clubs, our sponsors, you our juniors, the game of golf and because we want our juniors (you) to experience the same experiences that the International Touring Professionals experience, which includes, dress code, pace of play and media and sponsors commitments to name a few, that are required of “Tour Professionals” when on tour, as we feel that this is as close as you’re going to get without experiencing the real thing!
If you would like to view a random collage of photos of a fantastic group of young men and women and their families enjoying four days of brilliant golf on three of Australia’s finest golf courses, then click on the Gallery link above!
The Committee of The Invincibles Tour would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that participated in their 2022 Masters Championship, and for helping make it the great success it was.
From an Invincibles perspective: we know we speak for our members and their families, when we extend a special thanks and our appreciation to our sponsors and supporters (below) for the massive input and support they give to Junior Golf and The Invincibles Tour.
Their support helps us enormously with the promotion and development of Junior Golf on the Sunshine Coast which is something we don’t take for granted and very much appreciate.....
We would also like to make special mention of The Invincibles Committee who do an excellent job behind the scenes to make sure The Tour runs well, in particular Frank Schmidt, and Neil Charkow. They give their time so willingly to help at events, behind the scenes or with The Invincibles website in the hope of making sure that your golfing experience is just that much more enjoyable.
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