It gives us great pride and satisfaction in witnessing our past and present Invincibles members taking on the world best at the Australian Open, Presidents Cup and the Australian PGA Championship, but it gives us just as much pride and satisfaction to witness our juniors doing a brilliant job contesting the Greg Norman Junior Masters, then to follow their progress as several Invincible members travelled to the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria to……
Contest the Victorian Junior Open from the 16th to the 19th of Dec, that was held over three magnificent courses.
Players played the prestigious Barwon Heads Course on the Monday and then travelled to Thirteenth Beach to play the Creek Course on the second day and the Beach course on the third and fourth days, where the Queensland contingent absolutely dominated.
In the girl’s event Cassie Porter (Peregian Golf Course) after coming of her fantastic win at the Greg Norman Junior Masters, won the event with a very impressive 16 under par.
After 72 holes Cassie finished equal with Victorian girl Jeneath Wong which meant that both were heading back to play the par 5, 18th on the beach Course where Cassie birdied the hole for a well-deserved win.
Wong had to be content in winning the under 16 section by a whopping 23 shots. She also set a new course record on the Beach course with a 63 in round three.
The Queensland girls dominated the event with seven girls finishing in the top fifteen.
The boys event provided another edge of the seat finish and was not decided until the sixth playoff hole.
Quinton Croker coming off a win at the Greg Norman Masters was tied with fellow Queenslander Lincoln Morgan (Gailes Golf Club) at eight under. The boys could not be separated for 5 playoff holes until Lincoln birdied the par 5 eighteenth of the Beach Course.
The playoff was a real battle with both players producing some brilliant shots and clutch putts to keep them in the game.
A large contingent of Queensland players and parents made up the crowd which added to the suspense and dramatic finish to the tournament.
Queensland also dominated this event with five of the top ten placings going to Queensland players. Apart from Lincoln and Quinton, Blaike Perkins continued his good form to finish fifth, Lachlan Handcock 6th and Will Martell 10th completed the Queensland contingent in the top ten.
The under 16 boys event also was full of twists and turns.
At the beginning of the final day, three Invincible members were in contention, Harry Takis was +2 one shot in front of Yevin Samararatne with Andrew Park a further two shots back.
Harry played very solid golf for a one over final round, finishing on +3 for the tournament. Unfortunately, Victorian Samuel Bakes came from the clouds with a three under round to finish the tournament tied with Harry. Regrettably Harry was unlucky to be placed runner up on countback.
The Queensland contingent of players was significant, and it is clearly evident that we have some of the best junior players in the country. The parent group ensured that Queensland made a significant contribution to the tournament’s high standards of conviviality and collegiality they should be congratulated for significantly contributing to the foundations of the game.
It all starts again in Adelaide from the 6th to the 10th of January. When a number of our members will compete in the South Australian Junior Open and the South Australian Junior Masters.
Article courtesy of our roving reporter, Brett Martell
Photo supplied by Golf Australia
Not to be outdone, Ben Duncombe (Coral Cove – card above) put in a brilliant “Better Than His Best performance” to win with a magnificent 63 gross (9 under) 44 stableford points in their Saturday comp!
Ben, congratulations to you and all the above juniors and Invincibles members for achieving some unbelievable performances!