On what was a humid and overcast day (saved by a slight breeze) Caloundra hosted their 2021 Junior Classic, where both the boys and girl's results went down to the wire, with both divisions resulting in play-offs. After Ben Duncombe (Headland) and Will Bowen (Royal Queensland) finished……….
Normal time tied together on -3 which was a magnificent effort, which meant we were going down the first to get a result that saw both boys go from tee to green in regulation.
Ben, whose putter was running red-hot and hadn’t let him down all day, sank a seven and a half metre down-hill right to left putt for birdie to put the pressure back on Will, whose birdie putt lipped out to give Ben the title.
Both boys should be enormously proud of their efforts. They played extremely well and in great spirit.
The girl's division saw Nina Bohan (Bribie Island) Amy Hodgkins (Royal Queensland) and Megan Smith (Pelican Waters) all quite surprised to be in a playoff after recording rounds of 77.
All three girls felt they were lucky to be in a play-off given they weren’t happy with their final scores, but they were more than happy to take up the challenge and gain the experience that only a play-off can provide.
The girls teed it up on the par four first hole, where Amy was the first to drop out after Nina and Megan both parred out.
The girls moved on to the par 3 second, where Nina won with a par after both girls hit the green with tee shots.
As is usually the case, it was fantastic to witness the spirit and camaraderie in which both play-offs were played, it was magical and great to be associated with.
Congratulations to both Nina Bohan (Bribie Island) and Ben Duncombe (Headland p1-2 below) who’s performances qualified them for The Invincibles IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Championships that will be hosted by Peregian Golf Course, Twin Waters, Pelican Waters (tbc) and Noosa Golf & Spa Resort from the 26th to the 29th of September.
Jaxon Smith (Noosa p3 above) won The Invincibles Course Cup with a magnificent 65 nett, which in turn qualified him for their Gold Cup of Cups Championship, which will be hosted by the magnificently manicured Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, Sunday the 21st of November, followed immediately by The Invincibles Presentation Dinner.
The Invincibles “Brett Martell Inter-Club Team shield” points went to: Pelican Waters who earned four point for coming first with 212, Caloundra was second on 214 c/b to receive 2 points from Royal Queensland who came in third place on 214 to collect 1 point.
It is interesting to note that there was only 4 points separating the top five teams which makes the Inter-Club team shield quite exciting in 2021.
The Invincibles Tour would like to pass on their thanks and appreciation to Jason Looker (Manager) Tom Arnott (Head Professional) and Jason Melville who have always been enormously generous supporters of The Invincibles Tour, and go out of their way where ever possible to make sure our Tour and junior golf in general is given every opportunity to thrive and we would like to thank not only them, but also their Caterer’s, Bar & Office Staff, Ground Staff, and the team in the Pro Shop who had their course and facilities set up magnificently to host their Classic, but most importantly, like most clubs, in the way they make everyone feel so welcome.
We believe we speak for everyone when we say a huge thanks to Frank for the enormous amount of hard work and effort that he puts into The Invincibles Tour, his company and support is invaluable and very much appreciated.
A major highlight during the day was Lilly Surasen’s (Maroochy River - p4 above) eagle after holing out from 120 metres on the 443m par five, fifth hole, which was a magnificent effort!
Other highlights on the day included: Jordan Speare’s 40ft putt on the first to save par, Josh Holbrook’s tee shot on 9 for a tap in birdie, Drew Fernley’s up and down on 10, Jordy McGarry driving the green on 13 to leave his eagle putt sitting on the lip, Alfie Ward’s chip in on 17 for birdie, Ruby Kavanagh’s twenty foot putt for birdie on 18 and Ben Duncombe’s putting display throughout the day, not to mention his final putt in the play-off, which were just a few of the many, many highlights during the day!
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