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Heaton and Kim Win Illawarra Junior Masters

(Monday 30th April, 2018)

The overnight storms passed on Sunday evening and players were faced with cool and breezy conditions for the final round of the 2018 Illawarra Junior Masters.

Local boy Tom Heaton and Sydney sider Yerin Kim have become first time JNJG Junior Masters Champions, winning the 2018 Illawarra Junior Masters on a chilly weekend in the Illawarra.

Starting the final round with a share of the lead, Heaton was never really troubled on the testing Links layout, finishing with a two shot victory. After 13 Year Old Jeffrey Guan posted the clubhouse lead at -6, Heaton knew the score that was needed to win and quickly set out to chase down the youngster. Birdies on the 1st and 3rd were followed by an eagle on the 7th and Heaton had quickly taken the lead. There were a couple of blemishes after that, but birdies on the 15th and 18th sealed the victory. Guan finished second, whilst it was another top performance by Adam Thorp (Federal) who finished in third at three under par.  

Local Eddie Ward (Port Kembla) held off a host of challenges to win his first Jack Newton Tour event, claiming the 14-15 Years Division by a single shot. Ward made six birdies in the final round and hung on to the victory despite a double bogey on the final hole. Lachlan Chamberlain (Federal) and Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay) were impressive again at a JNJG Masters event, finishing in a share of second.

After sharing the overnight lead despite being on the opposite side of the draw as all of the older players, 13 Year Old Jeffrey Guan (The Australian) posted the clubhouse lead after a final round 68 at Links Shell Cove. The incredible youngster backed up his first round of 66 with another impressive display on Monday, making four birdies to go with two bogies in the difficult conditions. He won the 12-13 Years Age Division by an incredible 16 shots and now faces a wait as the older divisions make the turn.

Max Fischer (Moore Park) made it four wins from four starts in the new 11 Years and Under Division, adding the Illawarra Junior Masters title to the Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, and Ballina trophies he's already won this year. Fischer shot a 73 on Monday to come from behind and finish three shots clear of Jamie Smith (Manly) and Harry Whitelock (Royal Canberra). Whitelock (Hcp 17) picked up the Nett title, finishing an astonishing 17 under par for the two rounds.

It was a comfortable victory for Kim, cruising to her first title with round of 71-72. Kim won by five shots from Kara Williams (Avondale) who recorded her best JNJG performance with a second place finish. June Song (Avondale) did just enough in the 14-15 Years Division, hanging on to defeat Annika Rathbone (The Australian) by two shots.

Claire Shin (Concord) and Allana Assabgy (Stonecutters Ridge) were victorious in the Girls 12-13 and 11 Years & Under Division respectively, after converting their 18 Hole leads into wins. Shin, who had a Hole-in-One in Sunday's opening round fired a three over par 73 to finish at nine over par for the tournament and win her age division by 13 shots. Assagby was equally impressive, winning the 11 Years and Under Division by 16 shots for her first JNJG victory. 

Thanks to the Links Shell Cove for another fantastic tournament!!

Final Scores - Click Here


Heaton, Guan Star at Shell Cove

(Sunday 29th April, 2018)

Illawarra Junior and Australian GC member Tom Heaton has produced a sublime four under par 66 to take the lead at the Illawarra Junior Masters. He was joined late in the day by 13 Year Old phenomenon Jeffrey Guan (The Australian) who matched him at four under par. Yerin Kim (Concord) was also a standout on Sunday, leading the Girls Division by four shots after opening with a one over par 71. 

Heaton, the lone NSW State Team Player competing this week lived up to expectation with a dominant performance, making five birdies to go with just the one bogey to finish at four under par. Heaton leads A.C.T State Team Member Adam Thorp (Federal) by two shots, with the ever-consistent Canberra junior once again in contention at a JNJG Tour Event after shooting a 68.

In the Boys 14/15 Years Division, another local product is on top of the leaderboard with Eddie Ward (Port Kembla) finishing under par for the first time in his JNJG career. Ward shot a 69 which was not only good enough for a share of third overall, but a two shot lead in his age division. Good friend Ethan Harvey (Kiama) also produced his best JNJG performance, a 71 and Nett 65 which proved to be the best of the day.

Playing in the more difficult afternoon conditions, Guan flew out of the blocks to make the turn at four under par. He couldn't beat the mark set by his Australian Golf Club Major Pennant partner, with the pair sharing the overnight lead. Jet Ostrer (Moore Park) fired an incredible nine under par 61 to lead the Nett Division by four shots.

Once again the quality of golf in the Boys 11 Years and Under was sensational, with long time JNJG regular Enzo Moon (Strathfield) taking his first ever scratch division lead with a five over par 75. The 10 year old defied his 14 handicap and even managed three birdies on the opening day. Harry Whitelock (Royal Canberra) is two shots further back, also recordering a Nett 61 on Day One.


Yerin Kim (Concord) was the most consistent in the Girls Division on the opening day, playing steady golf throughout to finish the day at one over par. Kim made two birdies to go with three bogies and has one hand on the trophy after no other player could break 75 on Sunday in the difficult conditions. Joining Kim in the final group after matching 75s will be Silka Solomon (Yowani), Yeleen Son (Ryde Parramatta) and June Song (Avondale), whilst Annika Boyd (Pymble) is also four shots back after a 75 on day 1.

The shot of the tournament belonged to 13 Year Old Youngster Claire Shin (Concord), who had her first ever tournament Hole-in-One after acing her tee shot on the 14th!! Shin used the outstanding feat to help her set up a three shot lead over playing partner Charlotte Perkins (Cronulla).

JNJG Rookie Allana Assabgy (Stonecutters Ridge) was also impressive on Sunday, taking control of the Girls 11 Years and Under Division after a amazing five over par 75.

Round 1 Scores - Click Here

Round 2 Draw - Click Here


Junior Masters Series Swings into Shell Cove

(Friday 27th April, 2018)

After a busy April School Holiday period, the JNJG Junior Masters Series heads to the Illawarra for one final tournament before school resumes. A huge field of 170 players will contest the Illawarra Junior Masters at the picturesque Links Shell Cove, with record numbers once again across all age divisions. 

Illawarra Juniors Tom Heaton and Jackson Hall will be out to ensure the trophy remains in the hands of a local, fresh off some impressive recent performances. Heaton was a key member of the NSW Junior State Team which recently finished second at the Australian Junior Interstate Series, whilst also performing well at the Australian Boys Amateur to finish in 13th position. Hall also made the cut at the Australian Boys Amateur in difficult conditions, before flying back to the East Coast and falling one shot short at the start of the school holidays and running 2nd at the Ballina Junior Masters.

In the Girls Division, current NSW Junior Girls Champion and NSW Junior State Team member June Song (Avondale) looks hard to beat, her recent Top 10 Finish at the Australian Girls Amateur showing she's in good form. Fellow Avondale member Kara Williams also impressed in Perth, finishing just outside the Top 20 in her best performance at that level. The local's will be cheering on Links Shell Cove favourite Cassidy Graham, who will be hoping to use the local knowledge of thousands of rounds on the testing Links layout to her advantage.

Play begins early on Sunday morning, and the opening round draw and tournament leaderboards can be found by clicking the links below.

Round 1 Draw - Click Here

Leaderboard - Click Here

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