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Round 4

Micheluzzi and Shin Crowned NSW Junior Champions

Victorian David Mucheluzzi managed to hold onto his lead despite a tough final round in the 2014 Subaru State Championships.  Micheluzzi recorded rounds of 68, 66, 67 and 77 to finish the tournament at 3 under par.  He managed to hold off Queenslander Liam Andersen who finished with a four round total of 281, even par.  Victorian's Matias Sanchez and Konrad Ciupek rounded out the top four at +3 and +4 respectively.

JNJG star Shelly Shin flew the flag for NSW and comfortably strolled home to victory with rounds of 65, 74, 75 and 74 to finish at +4 and seven shots ahead of Stacey White from Queensland. The Queensland trio of Robyn Choi, Becky Kay and Eunice Kim rounded out the Girls top five on +14, +15 and +19.

Over 290 juniors came from far and wide to participate in this years championship.  A contingent of 8 players made the journey from New Caledonia to play this week.  Others came from New Zealand, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland and many JNJG members came from all corners of the state.  There were many other juniors who did not qualify for this years championships but are waiting in the wings ready to have a crack at next years event.  This is an excellent prospect for junior golfer and we hope this trend continues.

A testiment to the calibre of junior golfers we have playing in our event is reflected in the fact that there were four hole in ones and two albatross's recorded this week as well as 38 under par rounds.  The talent of these juniors is phenomenal and again we will be doing our best to ensure this trend continues.

There were a number of other events held in conjunction with this years State Championships, including the NSW Boys and Girls Country Junior Championships, the NSW Boys and Girls Champion of Champions and the NSW Inter-District Teams event.  All three of these competitions were played over the first two rounds of the event.  Amelia Mehmet-Grohn (Coffs Harbour) took out the Country Girls Championship with a two round total of 143 while Port Kembla's Jack Kessell won the Boys Country Junior Championship with a total of two under par 139.   Jack also took out the NSW Boys Champion of Champions alongside Concord's Shelly Shin.  Both recorded two round totals of 139.  The Newcastle District team of Chloe Pearce, Luke Ferrier, Blake Windred and Isaiah Melia were too good for the competition in the Inter-District Teams Events and won with a two round score of 442.

Below are all of the winners from the Cup Championship at Wollongong Golf Club:

NSW Junior Boys Championship Par 281: D Micheluzzi (VIC) 278.

NSW Junior Girls Championship Par 282: S Shin (Concord) 288.  

Boys: 17yrs: Z Garcia (NSW) 287 p/off. HCP: K Flynn (Monash, 7) 272. 16yrs: B Windred (Monash) 286. HCP: D Bond (Kiama, 4) 279. 15yrs: J Hong (Concord) 286. HCP: T Harvey (Cromer, 2) 280. 14yrs: H Doig (Ryde-Parramatta) 295. HCP: J Rachel (The Vintage, 11) 283. 13yrs: J Pickin (Avondale) 314. HCP: B Gadd (Penrith, 13) 282. 12yrs and under: T Heaton (Port Kembla) 309. HCP: A Kessell (Port Kembla, 17) 280.

Girls: 17yrs: A Mehmet-Grohn (Coffs Harbour) 307. HCP: J Lasky (The Australian, 0) 309. 16yrs: S Shin (Concord) 288. HCP: L Harris ( Muirfield, 9) 302. 15yrs: M Trew (Murwillumbah) 319. HCP: M Nurdi (St Michaels, 5) 300. 14yrs: C Thornton (NSW) 308. HCP: D Vasquez (Kiama, 7) 289. 13yrs: G Kim (Avondale) 320. HCP: S Kyriacou (St Michaels, 9) 301. 12yrs and under: B Ji (Concord) 329. HCP: A Boyd (Toukley, 21) 287.

2014 NSW Boys and Girls Country Junior Champions: Girls Par 142: A Mehmet-Grohn (Coffs Harbour) 143.  Boys Par 141: J Kessell (Port Kembla) 139.

NSW Junior Champion of Champions: Girls Par 142: S Shin (Concord) 139.  Boys Par 141: J Kessell (Port Kembla) 139.  

Inter-District Teams Championship: C Pearce, B Windred, I Melia, L Ferrier (Newcastle District).

Below are all of the winners from the Plate Championship at The Links Shell Cove:

Overall Boys Plate Championship Par 283: D Forrest (Muirfield) 295.

Overall Girls Plate Championship Par 286: L Cummings (Cowra) 324.  

Boys: 17yrs: D Forrest (Muirfield) 295. HCP: J Brown (Kareela, 11) 283. 16yrs: B Aramayo (Wollongong) 308. HCP: J Wheatley (Fox Hills, 10) 280. 15yrs: J Pountney (Coffs Harbour) 307 p/off. HCP: B McMechan (Russell Vale, 15) 290. 14yrs: A Hunt (Murwillumbah) 323. HCP: N Tunks (Cumberland, 17) 277. 13yrs: A Powter (St Michaels) 323. HCP: A Coull (Bankstown, 16) 283. 12yrs and under: O Payne (Port Macquarie) 559. HCP: W Gordon (Forbes, 26) 273.

Girls: 17yrs: T Threlfo (Belmont) 355. HCP: B Farron (Duntryleague, 18) 322. 16yrs: Laura Cummings (Cowra) 324. HCP: Caitlin Davidson (Stonecutters Ridge, 12) 293. 15yrs: L Baker (Port Macquarie) 332. HCP: J Meakin (Avondale, 24) 148. 14yrs: C Cook (Tura Beach) 347. HCP: P Hill (Kareela, 26) 292. 13yrs: C Graham (The Links Shell Cove) 361. HCP: M Toole (Belmont, 17) 310. 12yrs and under: Y Lin (Cammeray) 343. HCP: K Toole (Belmont, 36) 293.

Jack Newton Junior Golf would like to thank the major sponsors for the event, Subaru, Titleist and Golf NSW for their generous support of junior golf.  Also many thanks to our host courses for the week; Wollongong and The Links Shell Cove.  It is always a challenge to find courses willing to host a week long event and we really appreciate the help given to us by General Managers Leigh Hingston and Robby Stephenson as well as all of their staff and volunteers.  The tournament would not be a success without the help of the volunteers.  

Thanks also to our regular rules officials, they are an integral part of all of our JNJG events and we appreciate them giving up their time to help.  

Lastly thanks must go to all of the parents, grandparents, family and friends who brought the juniors to the Illawarra for the tournament.  Without your constant support our tournaments would not be a success.  We know you invest a great deal of time and money so your children can take part in our events and we ceratinly do appreciate it.

Jack Newton Junior Golf would like to thank all of our juniors for a great week of golf and don't forget to get your entries in for the South Coast Junior Masters in August and the Srixon International in October.

A full list of results from the 2014 Subaru State Championships can be found by clicking here.

Round 3

Micheluzzi and Shin Extend Leads at Wollongong 

Another picturesque but chilly morning greeted players on moving day at this year’s Subaru State Championships.  Victorian David Micheluzzi recorded his third under par round to extend his lead in the NSW Junior Boys Championship.  He sits atop the leaderboard at 10 under par after an impressive 3 under 67. 

Fellow Victorian Konrad Ciupek and Queensland’s Liam Anderson are tied in second place at 1 under.  The closest New South Welshman is Jason Hong (Concord) who sits at even par after 54 holes.

It is a similar case in the NSW Girls Championship with Concord’s Shelly Shin extending her lead to 7 shots over Coffs Harbour junior Amelia Mehmet-Grohn, who is on +8.  Shelly finished day three with a round of 74 but it was enough to keep herself out of reach of her fellow competitors. Queensland’s Stacey White is a further shot back on a total of +9.

There are some great performers in the age divisions at the Cup Championships as well.  In the Boys 12 years and under local lad Tom Heaton (Port Kembla) continues to impress and takes an 8 shot lead going into the final round.  Heaton leads Ballina’s Harvey Remfrey, with Harrison Crowe (St Michael’s) a further 4 shots back.

The outstanding performer in the Boys 14 years goes to Harry Doig (Ryde Parramatta who has strung together back to back under par rounds to lead the division by 7.  This is the first time Harry has shot under par twice in a row in a JNJG event and he will be hoping for the third when he tees it up tomorrow.

Potentially the most exciting finish of the tournament will be in the Girls 14 years.  Keona Lee (Concord) leads the division on +19 after 54 holes.  Danni Vasquez (Kiama) is at +20 with Pamela Tsiamis (St Michael’s) and Chloe Thornton (NSW) at +21.  All four girls will be playing together tomorrow and with only 2 shots separating all four it will be a tight contest and will no doubt go right to the very end.

Day three produced 10 under par rounds with nine at Wollongong GC and a solo round in the red from Dean Forrest (Muirfield) at The Links Shell Cove. Daniel Kolar (St Michael’s), Will Starkey (SA) and Blake Windred (Monash) all recorded rounds of 67, 3 under par.  Blake has made an excellent come back after a slow start to the tournament.  Blake just got back from representing Australia in the Toyota Cup in Japan on Sunday and despite a rocky start in round one he has made a great comeback to be in a tie for 11th.

Below is a list of those juniors who lead the Championship after 54 holes:

NSW Junior Boys Championship: D Micheluzzi (VIC) -10

NSW Junior Girls Championship: S Shin (Concord) +1

Boys 17 Years: Z Garcia (NSW) +1

Boys 16 Years: D Kolar (St Michael’s) +2

Boys 15 Years: J Hong (Concord) Even

Boys 14 Years: H Doig (Ryde-Parramatta) +3

Boys 13 Years: J Pickin (Avondale) +20

Boys 12 Years and Under: T Heaton (Port Kembla) +16

Girls 17 Years: A Mehmet-Grohn (Coffs Harbour) +8

Girls 16 Years: S Shin (Concord) +1

Girls 15 Years: M Nurdi (St Michael’s)  +22

Girls 14 Years: K Lee (Concord) +19

Girls 13 Years: G Kim (Avondale) +26

Girls 12 Years and Under: B Ji (Concord) +34

For a complete list of results, including all of the action from the Plate Championships at The Links Shell Cove, click here.

The draw for the final can be found by clicking the following links: Cup Championship – Wollongong GC, Plate Championship – The Links Shell Cove.

Good luck to all competitors and we look forward to seeing you all for the final round of the Championships.


Round 2

Juniors produced some more sizzling golf in the second round of the 2014 Subaru State Championships.   Two more hole in ones and 13 under par rounds were recorded in round two making for an exciting day on both golf courses.

Victorian David Micheluzzi leads the NSW Junior Boys Championship after an eventful round of 5 under par 66.  Micheluzzi put together two pars, a triple bogey, four birdies and two eagles, including one on the par 4 9th hole in just the first nine holes.  A solid even par on the back put him in the top position on the leaderboard.  Kiwi Henry Spring sits in second place at 4 under par, 137.  Cromer’s Tom Harvey and Queensland’s Liam Anderson are tied for third a further back on 138.

In the NSW Girls Junior Championship Shelly Shin kept her position at the top on a total of 139 but Coffs Harbour’s Amelia Mehmet-Grohn is in hot pursuit after a solid even par round of 71 at The Links Shell Cove. Queenslanders Becky Kay and Stacey White are tied for third at 145, 3 over par.

Kurri Kurri junior Josh Stig recorded the first perfect shot of the day when he holed out at the par 3 12th at The Links Shell Cove.  Queenslander Peter Lyon recorded the fourth hole in one of the tournament and the first at Wollongong Golf Course at the par 3 5th hole. Well done to both boys and we hope the trend continues with a couple more to add to the tally tomorrow and Friday.

Other noteworthy performances for round two came in the Girls Nett events. Annika Boyd (Toukley) put together another fabulous round with a nett 65.  She adds that to her first round nett 63 to lead the Girls 12 years and under Nett.  The best nett of the tournament so far goes to Jessica Meakin (Avondale) who scored a sizzling nett 62 in the Girls 15 years.  Rounding out the excellent nett scores for the Girls was local lass Danni Vasquez (Kiama) in the 14 years division who recorded a nett 67 at The Links Shell Cove.

Joshua Ciechanowicz from Shelly Beach performed exceptionally well shooting a 2 under par round of 68 for an impressive nett 66 in the Boys 16 years.  Alexander Kessell (Port Kembla) also recorded a nett 66 to lead the 12 years and under competition.  In the 13 years nett event Adam Coull (Bankstown) recorded a fantastic nett 63. A nett 64 from Kieran Flynn (Monash) puts him in the lead in the 17 years event.

Scratch scores were also very impressive today with 13 rounds under par including a 68 from Port Kembla junior Jack Kessell and three 69’s at The Links Shell Cove.  At Wollongong Konrad Ciupek (Victoria) fired a round of 67 and five other players recorded rounds of 68.

Below is a list of those juniors who lead the Championship after 36 holes and will be playing the final two rounds at Wollongong:

NSW Junior Boys Championship: D Micheluzzi (VIC) -7

NSW Junior Girls Championship: S Shin (Concord) -3

Boys 17 Years: J Kessell (Port Kembla) -2

Boys 16 Years: R Makin (St Michaels) +3

Boys 15 Years: T Harvey (Cromer) -3

Boys 14 Years: H Doig (Ryde-Parramatta) +4

Boys 13 Years: J Pickin (Avondale) +13

Boys 12 Years and Under: T Heaton (Port Kembla) +8

Girls 17 Years: A Mehmet-Grohn (Coffs Harbour) +1

Girls 16 Years: S Shin (Concord) -3

Girls 15 Years: M Trew (Murwillumbah) +14

Girls 14 Years: P Tsiamis (St Michaels) +12

Girls 13 Years: G Kim (Avondale) +13

Girls 12 Years and Under: B Ji (Concord) +22

For a complete list of results from the event click here.

The draw for round three can be found by clicking these links: Cup Championship - Wollongong, Plate Championship - The Links Shell Cove

Good luck to all competitors and we look forward to seeing you all for the final two days of play.  Lets keep the sizzling scores rolling in.

Round 1

Juniors start the 2014 Subaru State Junior Golf Championships with a BANG!  Two hole in ones and 14 rounds under par were recorded for the first day of the championship.  Despite the cooler temperatures and breezy conditions the juniors put on a stunning display of golf at Wollongong and The Links Shell Cove.  

Tournament favourite Shelly Shin (Concord) began her campaign with an outstanding course record round of 6 under par at Wollongong.  Despite a bogey, bogey finish Shelly recorded five pars and an albatross to set herself 6 shots ahead of her closest competitor Becky Kay (Qld) on even par.  Three girls sit in a tie for third place at 1 over.

Castle Hill's Samuel Nashaar has taken an early lead in the Boys Championship with a 5 under par round at Wollongong.  Victorian Tony Jung sits in second with a round of 4 under par including a hole in one at the par 3 7th hole at The Links Shell Cove. Four others sit a further 2 shots back at 2 under par.  With opening round scores of this calibre the week certainly promises to be an excellent display of golf.

The second hole in one of the day at The Links Shell Cove went to Luke Ferrier (Pennant Hills) on the 12th hole.

Notable mentions in the nett events must go to Annika Boyd (Toukley) who had a sizzling nett 63 at Wollongong in the Girls 12 and under event.  Also at Wollongong in the Girls 16 Years Caitlin Davidson (Stonecutters Ridge) leads the nett event with a score of 67.  At The Links Shell Cove in the Boys 14 Years Jesse MacNaughtan (Castle Hill) leads the way after a nett 67.  A nett 67 was also recorded by Monash's Kieran Flynn in the Boys 17 Years.  Local lad Ben Aramayo (Wollongong) made a great start to the event by recording a nett 65 in the Boys 16 Years at The Links Shell Cove.

The following players are the leading scratch players in each age group:

Girls 17 Years Scratch: Amelia Mehmet-Grohn (Coffs Harbour), Jess Lasky (The Australian) +1

Boys 17 Years Scratch: Samuel Nashaar (Castle Hill) -5

Girls 16 Years Scratch: Shelly Shin (Concord) -6

Boys 16 Years Scratch: Daniel Kolar (St Michael's) Even

Girls 15 Years Scratch: Maddie Trew (Murwillumbah), Madeleine Nurdi (St Michael's) +8

Boys 15 Years Scratch: Tom Harvey (Cromer) -1

Girls 14 Years Scratch: Keona Lee (Concord) +6

Boys 14 Years Scratch: Luke Ferrier (Pennant Hills) +4

Girls 13 Years Scratch: Grace Kim (Avondale) +7

Boys 13 Years Scratch: Kaine Andres (Everglades) +8

Girls 12 Years and Under Scratch: Annika Boyd (Toukley) +13

Boys 12 Years and Under Scratch: Tom Heaton (Port Kembla) +4

For a full list of results from the Championships click here.

Round 2 gets underway at 6.52am tomorrow morning and players will swap courses before a cut is made.  Round 2 draw can be found by clicking here. The final two days will see those playing in the Cup Championship at Wollongong and those competing for the Plate Championship at The Links Shell Cove.

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