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As the sun rose over the beautiful seaside township of Bargara “June 28 - 2016” it signalled the beginning of a new era, an era that was full of anticipation, excitement and reservations for what the future held for our juniors and their families at Bargara.....

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And as one took the three and a half hour drive up the Bruce Highway, it was hard not to reflect or ponder over the many times our juniors and their families had travelled the same route, full of excitement and anticipation in knowing what a great championship Val Bazeley and her fantastic team had set in place over the years, but this year, things were going to be a little different and one couldn’t help but feel a certain amount of uncertainty in what was about to unfold.
 

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To think the “Bargara Junior Classic” and its history was about to make way for the Queensland Boys and Girls Junior Amateur Championships (for the next five years) was quite exhilarating and daunting at the same time.

But it’s fair to say (listening to feedback) that most families that made the trek to Bargara were very excited, full on anticipation and ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

Now it's all over and one has had the time to reflect, there’s no doubting that this year’s Queensland Junior Championships was an outstanding success “other than the atmosphere not being quite what we have come to expect at Bargara” we still had a fantastic time and witnessed some absolutely outstanding performances.......

 

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The way the kids presented and performed was just outstanding, they were more than competitive with course records being broken, if not equalled, which in itself was brilliant.

Apart from the practice round and the first morning of competition where the weather was very testing to say the least (freezing cold, wet and windy) but as our good fortune would have it, the next three and a half days produced absolutely brilliant conditions, that combined with the magnificent job Kevin Bunyan (Course Superintendant) and his great team did in preparing the course, which was in absolutely magnificent condition to host the Queensland Boys and Girls Junior Amateur Championships.

 

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There’s no doubt that the Bargara Junior Classic has given our juniors some very exciting and memorable moments over the past twenty seven years, moments that brought absolute delight and joy to thousands of juniors and their families who had travelled from all over Queensland, Interstate and Internationally to take part in this fantastic event, and to soak up the carnival atmosphere and friendly hospitality that is unique to Bargara and we believe that given everyone’s support that Golf Queensland will build their championship to create the same atmosphere and friendly environment....

 

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Congratulations to Jay Makenzie (Ballina p-1 above) and Lion Higo (Emerald Waters p-2) for qualifying for The Invincibles IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Championship which will be hosted by the very generous and supportive Twin Waters, Pelican Waters, Noosa Springs and Noosa Springs Golf Resorts during the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th of the September school holidays.

Congratulations also to Caitlyn Campbell - Nyman (Pacific p3 – 4 above) for winning The Invincibles Sunshine Coast Course Cup with an excellent two day combined nett score of 138 and in the process qualified for the Gold Cup of Cups Championship which will be hosted by Noosa Springs (Sunday December 4) followed immediately by The Invincibles Annual Junior Presentation Dinner!

 

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Thanks to Graham and Margaret McCracken who generously continued their sponsorship of junior golf at Bargara by awarding their inaugural “J & R McCracken Plate” for those that missed the cut and went on to contest the 36 Hole Stableford division that was won by Will Martell (Bargara - p1 above) 44–37=81 and Brigette Griffin (Maroochy River - p2) who scored 38-42=80.

J & R McCracken also generously sponsored the Nippers Championship which was won by Jhye De Been (Bargara – p3 above) with 79 in the boy’s div; Tiyara Samararante (Windaroo Lakes – p4) won the girls div with 83. Full results below!

 

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The J & R McCracken Plate was a huge success that was keenly accepted and supported by those that didn’t make the cut, which certainly kept their interest and made for a great competition....

 

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There were some fantastic performances on day one, when Sam Haines produced a brilliant round of 1 under par 71, Jay Mackenzie’s (Ballina) 4-under 68 including seven birdies and Momoka Kobori (Rangiora) breaking the course record with a 2-under 71.

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Day two; saw Invincibles member Caitlyn Campbell – Nyman (Pacific) record a “Better than your Best Performance” when she recorded her first ever sub-par round to better her best score “by six shots” to equal the course record that was set on day one (71) only to see it evaporate before her eyes when Hazel Martin (Virginia) came in a few minutes later after eagling the eighteenth to re – write the record books with a magnificent 70.

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Day three; saw another Invincibles member in Jed Morgan (Hattonvale) take a three shot lead into the final round after equalling the course record of seven under. Jed’s round consisted of an eagle, six birdies and unfortunately a bogey out of nowhere on the eighteenth.

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Day four; Despite starting the final round 8 shots behind the overnight leader, Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe) managed to bridge the gap after recording a majestic 67 (-5) to finish as runner up by 1 shot after Jay Mackenzie (Ballina) and Momoka Kobori (Rangiora) claimed victory in their respective Junior Amateur championship Divisions after four intense and gruelling days at Bargara Golf Club.

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I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee of The Invincibles Tour, in particular Frank Schmidt and Neil Charkow (Website 1000) for their unbelievable input and support throughout the tournament. It’s fair to say that none of our events would have the coverage or exposure without their enormous input and support.

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Finally from an Invincibles Tour perspective, we would like to extend a special thanks and our appreciation to our sponsors and supporters (above) for the massive input and support they give to The Invincibles Tour, for without that support, we “The Tour” just wouldn’t exist.

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Many thanks to Phil Curd (p1 above) and to his team for the loan of a cart and for looking after us during the tournament, it was very much appreciated and to Kevin Bunyan (Course Superintendant - p4 above) for the great job he and his team did in preparing the course!!!

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Golf Queensland’s Press Release below

MACKENZIE AND KOBORI REIGN CHAMPIONS AT QLD BOYS' AND GIRLS' AMATEUR

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Jay Mackenzie (Ballina) and Momoka Kobori (Rangiora) have claimed victory in their respective Junior Amateur championships after four intense and gruelling days at Bargara Golf Club.

Mackenzie held the 36-hole lead with rounds of 68-69 to sit a comfortable five shots ahead of Mee, only to falter in the third round with a 5-over 77. Trailing overnight leader Jed Morgan (Hattonvale) by five shots heading into the 54-hole marathon fourth day, Mackenzie found himself in a three-way tussle which also included James Mee (Royal Queensland). Morgan's 7-under round of 65 matched the previous course record set in the 2015 Bargara Junior Classic.

As Mee and Morgan fell away over the final 18 holes, it quickly emerged that it was a 3-horse race between Mackenzie and new contenders Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe) and Mitchell Varley (Sanctuary Cove). With Varley's bogey on 17 slipping him out of contention, Duncan's fantastic 67 saw the 14-year old set the clubhouse benchmark. Mackenzie charged under the pressure, playing his final nine holes in 34 (-3) and take honours at the 2016 Qld Boys' Amateur. All this in spite of his quintuple bogey (9) in the third round!

"I was seven behind with twelve holes to go and I thought I didn't have a chance. Five birdies went my way in those holes and I'm really happy with how I played this week," an ecstatic Mackenzie said. His victory also earns him a start in the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open to be held at The Brisbane Golf Club in October.

The quiet, yet determined 17-year old Momoka Kobori from Rangiora Golf Club in New Zealand, set the standard early, opening the tournament with a new course record 71 (2-under). Round two saw new contenders Hazel Martin (Virginia) improve the course record yet again with her 3-under round 70 with Kobori falling victim to the tricky Bargara layout, stumbling with a 76.

Victorian Kono Matsumoto (Victoria GC) shook the tournament in the penultimate round, recording a remarkable bogey-free 6-under 67 - yet AGAIN another course record! This saw her take a two-shot lead heading into the final day. Fellow Victorian Alex Hilliard (Commonwealth) filled the final spot in the leading group with rounds of 76-73-71.

Summoning her fighting spirit, Kobori turned with a one shot advantage over Matsumoto, as Hilliard struggled in the blustery conditions. It was ultimately her 1-under final round which saw Kobori claim her maiden international victory.

Srixon are to be thanked for their generous support of the Qld Boys' and Girls' Amateur. Bargara Golf Club is to be applauded for the magnificent condition in which the course was presented and the hospitality shown to all participants. Golf Queensland and players look forward to returning for the 2017 edition.

Full results: http://www.golfqueensland.org.au/gq-events/queensland-boys-and-girls-amateur

Tournament photos video highlights are available via the Golf Queensland Facebook page.

The Boys' and Girls' Queensland Amateur is an Australian Ranking Event for boys and girls. It is for players below the age of 18, and is played over 72-holes stroke play. The state championship is proudly sponsored by Srixon.