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Jordan Jung and Sophie Yip win at Cessnock

(7:30pm - Friday 6th October, 2017)

Jordan Jung (Western Australia) and Sophie Yip (Concord GC) have won the 2017 Jack Newton International Junior Classic with outstanding performances at Cessnock Golf Club.

In the Girls Division, 13 Year Old Sophie Yip has put in one of the most dominating performances in JNJG history to win the Sub-Junior Division by an incredible 19 shots. After shooting the record-breaking eight under par 67 on Tuesday, Yip was always in complete control and finished with a two under par 73 on Friday to set a Sub-Junior tournament record total of 10 under par.

The battle behind the Concord member was won by another girl from Concord, with 12 Year Old Claire Shin also shooting an under par final round to jump into second place. Three shots further back was 14 Years Champion Lion Higo (Queensland), two shots ahead of Yuka Lin (The Lakes) and Korean visitor Chloe Nam who finished in a tie for 4th.

Girls Leaderboard - Click Here


It wasn't quite as dominant, but West Australian Jordan Jung made it three wins in four years for the WA Boys at the Sub-Junior International Classic. Jung stretched his lead to nine shots at one stage on Friday before four mid-round bogies gave some of the chasing pack a sniff. Three birdies over the final five holes, including a near hole in one on the 18th, closed the event out in style and left the 14 year old as the only player in the field of 372 players, across both courses, to shoot all four rounds under par.

Big-Hitting Queenslander Kaito Chiu couldn't recover from Thursday's poor third round but played brilliantly again at a JNJG event to finish in second place, with Korean Geoff Lee (ANK Golf Academy) finishing in third place, eight shots further back. Jeffrey Guan (Bexley) was the best of the local players finishing in 4th place, three shots clears of the always improving Bart Carroll (Wagga Wagga).

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Jack Newton Junior Golf would like to thank all 372 players who took part in the biggest Junior Tournament in Australia, with 9 countries and every state and territory Australia wide being represented really making the event, the "International". JNJG would also like to thank tournament sponsor Callaway Golf South Pacific, and all the staff, greenkeepers and volunteers at Cessnock Golf Club for playing their part in such a big and wonderful event.

For any feedback or questions about the event, please email JNJG Tournament Manager Dale Hughes ( or call 02 9567 7736.


Jung and Yip Extend Lead at Cessnock

(6:00pm - Thursday 5th October, 2017)

Sophie Yip (Concord) and Jordan Jung (Western Australia) have extended their leads at the Jack Newton International Sub-Junior Classic at Cessnock Golf Club.

After sharing the overnight lead with Queenslander Kaito Chiu, Jung has raced away from the pack with his third consecutive under par round. The 14 year-old was the most consistent of that final group, only dropping one shot all day in the hot conditions. Jung picked up three birdies on the back nine and with most of his challengers going backwards as the temperature heated up, the West Australian finds himself six shots in front with 18 holes to play. He'll be joined in the final group by joint overnight leader Chiu, Jeffrey Guan (Bexley) and Korean Geoff Lee who was as solid as ever for the third day in a row.

Boys Live Scores - Click Here

The Girls Division is all but over, with Sophie Yip continuing to shine after another even par round of 75. Yip bounced back from a triple bogey on the 4th with an eagle on the 5th and finished strong with three birdies over the final five holes to put one hand on the trophy. Lion Higo (Queensland) maintained second spot with a four over par 79, with Korean Chloe Nam moving into third after a 78.

Girls Live Scores - Click Here

Round Four Draw - Click Here

It's been a good week so far for WA team representatives, with Georgia Garner Dart playing her way into the final group (like team mate Jordan Jung) after a brilliant third round of 76. It's no wonder the pair were all smiles when they got back from Cessnock!!




13 Year Olds Steal the Show at Cessnock

(4:00pm - Wednesday 4th October, 2017)

13 Year Olds Sophie Yip (Concord) and Kaito Chiu (Queensland) have taken the 36 hole lead at the Jack Newton International Sub-Junior Classic at the Cessnock Golf Club and overnight leader Jordan Jung rallied late to join them.

Following yesterday's superb eight under par 67, Yip has extended her lead to 10 shots after an even par 75 on Wednesday. Perhaps suffering a round one hangover after a career round, the Sydney-sider started with back to back bogies before playing the next 13 holes in three under par to shoot clear. Queenslander Lion Higo sits in second place at two over par after a 78 on day three, whilst they be joined in the final group tomorrow by Chloe Nam (ANK Golf) and Claire Shin (Concord).

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In the Boys Division, Chiu has rocketed to the top of the leaderboard after a round of the tournament 69 at Cessnock. Using his length off the tee to his advantage, Chiu has been able to make 11 birdies in the opening two rounds and shares the lead with overnight leader Jordan Jung (Western Australia). Jung got off to a horror start, with a quadruple bogey seven on the third hole, before rallying late and playing the final 15 holes in five under par!! They lead by two shots from the ever-consistent Nathan Page (Victoria), with Jeffrey Guan (Bexley) the best of the locals at +1 and joining the leaders in .

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Play resumes on Thursday morning for the third round at 7:00am with the leading groups to tee off at 12:06pm (girls) and 12:15pm (boys).

Round Three Draw - Click Here



Sophie the Star with EIGHT Under Par

(3:00pm - Tuesday 3rd October, 2017)

13 Year Old Sophie Yip (Concord) has taken complete control of the Jack Newton International Sub-Junior Classic at the Cessnock Golf Club with an amazing opening round. Yip had eight birdies and an eagle in her eight under par 67 and to prove she is only human, threw in two bogies as well. Unbelievably, the quiet-spoken youngster started slow, with a bogey on the second hole. However, six holes later Yip was four under par after picking up five birdies in a six-hole stretch. Yip made her second bogey of the round on the 12th before making an eagle on the 13th and three more birdies to put her stamp on the tournament.

Yip leads Korean Chloe Nam (ANK Golf) by eight strokes after she also impressed on the opening day making three birdies and an eagle in her round of 75. Lion Higo (Queensland) is the best of the late starters, currently at even par through 9 holes.

In the Boys Division, Jordan Jung is looking to make it back to back wins for the West Australian boys after opening with a two under par 70. Last year, 14 Year Old Hayden Hopewell took the trophy back to the west and Jung started well with four birdies and a double bogey in his opening round.

Play resumes on Wednesday morning for the second round at 7:00am.

Live Scores - Click Here

Round Two Draw - Click Here 


Play Underway at Cessnock

(7:00am - Tuesday 3rd October, 2017)

The opening round of the Jack Newton International Sub-Junior Classic is underway, with players out on course at Cessnock Golf Club.

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Round 1 Draw - Out Now

(3:00pm - Monday 2nd October, 2017)

The draw is out now for the 2017 Jack Newton International Junior Classic. Not long to go now until the biggest junior event of the year!!

Round 1 Draw - Click Here

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Practice Day Underway at International

(11:00am - Monday 2nd October, 2017)

More than 370 of the best junior golfers from around the world are currently having practice rounds and working on their game ahead of tomorrow's opening round of the 2017 Jack Newton International Junior Classic, supported by Callaway.

There's some other things happening on course today so make sure you come down to Cypress Lakes from 2:30 for the official start of the tournament.

2:30pm > 5:30pm - Long Drive Competition
3:00pm > 5:30pm - Tournament Registration
6:00pm > 6:30pm - Opening Ceremony

Round One Draw - Click Here


Tournament Preview - Record Field for International

(3:00pm - Friday 29th September, 2017)

A record field of more than 370 players will take part in the Jack Newton International Junior Classic, beginning on Tuesday 3rd October at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club and Cessnock Golf Club. The tournament, brainchild of Australian golfing stalwart and JNJG founder Jack Newton, was first held in 1986 and provides a competitive environment for the most promising talent from right around the globe. 

More than 235 local players from the NSW and A.C.T will be taking part in the tournament whilst a record 136 Interstate and Overseas players have entered the this year, meaning the tournament will certainly live up to it’s name of the “International”. Teams will be flying in from far and wide with players from Canada, Hawaii, Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa and South Korea looking to take the trophy back home with them. Every state and territory in Australia is also represented, including Tasmania for the first time in many years, meaning 17 teams will be competing in the International Challenge this year, a 2-person aggregate teams event held in conjunction over the four rounds.

The tournament is a permanent fixture on the junior golfing calendar, holding both Australia Junior Ranking and World Amateur Golf Ranking Status, and is proudly supported for the first time by major sponsor, Callaway. Jack Newton Junior Golf is thrilled to welcome Callaway as a sponsor of junior golf in NSW for the first time and looks forward to a long and positive relationship.

“The Jack Newton International Junior Classic is an important stepping stone for many of Australia’s young golfers,” said tournament host and founder, Jack Newton.  “This event has been pivotal in founding the careers of Australia’s well-known international golfing stars providing them with a platform to make a successful transition into the senior ranks,” finished Newton.

Aaron Baddeley won the Jack Newton International in 1998, just two months prior to securing his first Australian Open victory as an amateur. Baddeley is a winner on the PGA tour and an enthusiastic supporter of junior golf around the world. Other international superstars that claimed the Jack Newton International Junior Classic in their junior days are current PGA / European Tour Players Steven Bowditch, Andrew Dodt, Brett Drewitt, and Ryan Ruffels (2-time Sub Junior Champion). Current LPGA Tour stars Minjee Lee, Su-Hyun Oh and Thidipa Suwannapura were all recent champions in the event whislt Ladies European Tour Champions Nikki Garrett and Rebecca Artis and multiple Japanese Tour winners Brendan Jones and Nikki Campbell also tasted success at the Jack Newton International Junior Classic.

Defending champions Hayden Hopewell (WA) and June Song (NSW) are no longer competing in the Sub-Junior Division after their dominant victories last year, which opens the door for two new players to put their name on the International Sub-Junior Classic Trophy for the first time. For Avondale’s June Song, it was the win at the Sub-Junior last year which kick-started a brilliant 12 months for the 15 year old. In addition to winning at Cessnock, Song has claimed the NSW Junior Championships, International Players Championship in Canada, and went within one shot of winning last week’s Victorian Junior Girls Championship in a red-hot year. Plenty of talented players will be looking to step up this year and follow in Song’s footsteps.

The tournament begins on Monday 2nd October with the annual long drive competition and tournament registration from 2:30pm (at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club), as well as the draw for the opening two rounds being revealed. The official Opening Ceremony begins at 6:00pm at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, where the International and Interstate competitors will be officially welcomed to the tournament by Jack Newton himself.

Draw - Click Here (available at 3:00pm on Monday 2nd October)

Tournament Leaderboards - Click Here

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