The best young school golfers from around Australia have descended on Coffs Harbour this week for the School Sport Australia 17 and Under golf championships. The Junior Australian Championship event boasts 6 male and 6 female teams from across New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the ACT and Victoria.
Both Queensland and New South Wales teams set the pace early at Bonville Golf Resort. The strokeplay competition then moved to Coffs Harbour Golf Club on Tuesday where not one but two hole in one’s were made. “The energy and atmosphere on the golf course was great this week. We’re experiencing a real resurgence in junior golf and these sort of high level junior tournaments are something our local juniors can really aspire to” said General Manager at Coffs Harbour Golf Club Paul McAra.
NSW and QLD are fighting out the boys event as the tournament moves to Matchplay closing out Thursdays play. Harrison Crowe and Corey Lamb lead the charge for NSW, both these young guns proving they have what it takes to take their game to an elite amateur level. The girls event is currently a three way tie between VIC, NSW and QLD with the result to be determined at Bonville Golf Resort on Friday morning.
Growing the game of golf is high on the agenda at School Sport Australia. Players enjoyed a forum led by Golf Australia on Wednesday aimed at building resilience, promoting teamwork and bulding careers in golf. School Sport Australia National Secretary for Golf Nick Mooney said “The whole experience in Coffs Harbour has been first class for these students. The accommodation, golf courses and the friendly nature of the locals has made this an unforgetable experience.”
“It’s our pleasure to host the majority of this wonderful Junior event here at Bonville Golf Resort. The tournament complements the annual Jack Newton Junior Bonville Champions Trophy held here each year. Both tournaments are very important parts of what we feel is our social responsibility in growing the game of golf here in Australia. The talent of these junior players is without a doubt some of the best we’ve seen grace the golf course this year!” says Brad Daymond, General Manager at Bonville Golf Resort.