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Garner-Dart and Samararatne too Good at Cessnock

(9.40pm - Friday 5th October)

In a somewhat miraculous outcome considering the weeks weather forecast, all 72 holes were completed, and it was the interstate players who came out on top.

Queensland's Yevin Samararatne dominated the Boys Championship. Taking the lead after round 1, Samararatne never looked back, and a final round 79 was enough to secure the 2018 JNJG Sub-Junior International. Jacob Dundas shot the best round of the day, a +1 73 shot the Toronto local up into the top 3.

Georgia Garner-Dart (Western Australia) was victorious in the Girls Division in incredibily tough condiditions. It was a case of last girl standing, as Garner-Dart came out 2 shots ahead of Charlotte Perkins (Cronulla) and Ella Murray (Dubbo) who finished on a total of 321.

A full tournament wrap up will come soon.

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Play Underway in the Rain at Cessnock

(8:15am - Friday 5th October 2018)

Despite plenty of overnight rain, the final round of the JNJG International Sub-Junior Classic got underway on time on Friday morning. It will be a cold, wet and windy finish, and the champion is going to earn the trophy out there this afternoon.

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Tight Finish Looms at Cessnock on Tough Day

(7:15pm - Thursday 4th October 2018)

Alyssa Wikana (Concord) has crept into the lead on a wet 3rd round at Cessnock Golf Club. The JNJG Sub-Junior International Girls Division will go down to the wire in the final round, with only 4 shots separating the top 5. Wikana looked to stretch out to a 54 hole lead after eagling her 14th hole, however 2 late bogeys opened the door for 36 hole leader Georgia Garner-Dart (Western Australia). Brielle Mapanao (Castle Hill), Ella Murray (Dubbo) and Jasmine Driscoll (NSW GC) round out the top 5 heading into an exciting final round.

Yevin Samararatne continued his consistent week in the Boys Championship, albeit with 2 back nine double bogeys. His +2 round of 74 retained his overnight lead. However, low rounds of 71 from Tom Addy (Western Australia) and 72 from Kai Komulainen (Long Reef) means that the tournament is not over just yet. A fast start from the chasers, and the contest could open right up

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Play Continues at Cessnock as the Rain Rolls in

(9:00am - Thursday 4th October 2018)

Despite constant drizzle all morning, play got underway right on time for the third round of the JNJG International Sub Junior Classic at Cessnock Golf Club.

Will overnight leaders Yevin Samararatne (Queensland) and Georgie Garner-Dart (Western Australia) handle the wet conditions well on Thursday?

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Samararatne Shoots Clear at Cessnock

(7:00am - Wednesday 3rd October 2018)

On a day where leaders fell away, Yevin Samararatne (Queensland) held his nerve for a solid even par 72. After teeing off on the 10th hole, Samararatne dropped three shots in his opening four holes, but rallied with 3 straight birdies to turn even par. 2 birdies and a double on his back nine meant Samararatne finished +1 after 36 holes and holdsa commanding eight shot lead. Sharing second is fellow Queenslander Kaito Chiu and Victorian Abel Eduard.

Georgia Garner-Dart (West Australia) has claimed the 36 hole lead in the girls division, stretching four shots in front of Ella Murray (Dubbo). Garner-Dart’s start was anything but perfect, with bogeys on her 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th holes. But the West-Australian rallied, and was even par for her remaining 12 holes to sit on +11 overnight. 

The shot of the day belonged to Queenslander Emily Martin (Queensland), who scored an ace on the par three 12th!!

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Riley and Samararatne Sneak in Front

(7:00pm - Tuesday 2nd October 2018)

Local boy Jake Riley (Toronto) and Yevin Samararatne (Queensland) have taken a narrow lead at the JNJG International Sub Junior Classic at Cessnock Golf Club. West Australian visitor Mia Lawson leads by one shot in the Girls Division, one shot clear of WA team mate Georgia Garner-Dart and Alyssa Wikana (Concord).

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Round One Underway at Cessnock

(6:15am - Tuesday 2nd October 2018)

The 2018 JNJG International is underway, with 176 players set to tackle the much improved Cessnock Golf Club in the NSW Hunter Valley. With 208 players also playing at Cypress Lakes in the 15-17 Years Division (click here), the tournament is the biggest junior event in the country!

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Long Drive and Tournament Registration Underway

(1:00pm - Monday 1st October 2018)

The traditional long drive competition is underway on the driving range at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, with tournament registration also open. 

Come and check-in for the tournament, get some awesome Callaway Golf Product in your registration pack and see your tee times for the opening two rounds!

The opening ceremony will also be held at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club from 5:30pm.

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2018 JNJG International Sub-Junior Classic

(Thursday 27th September 2018)

For the second straight year, a record field will head to the NSW Hunter Valley for the Jack Newton International Junior Classic, beginning on Tuesday 2nd October at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club and Cessnock Golf Club. Almost 400 players will travel from around the world to take part in the event, with some of New South Wales’ finest to be tested by the World’s best.

More than 210 players will compete at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in the 15-17 Years Division, whilst a capacity field of 180 players will take part at Cessnock in the 14 Years and Under Sub-Junior Division. 56 of those players at Cessnock will compete in the brand new 11 Years and Under Division, a division created at the tournament for the very first time due to the ever-increasing popularity of kids in those younger age divisions.

The International, 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. 

Teams will once again be flying in from far and wide with players from Canada, Hawaii, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea looking to take the trophy back home with them. Every state and territory in Australia is also represented, with players making the trip from all corners of the country to compete in the 72-hole 4-day tournament.

The tournament is a permanent fixture on the junior golfing calendar, holding both Australia Junior Order of Merit and World Amateur Golf Ranking Status, and is proudly supported by major sponsor, Callaway Golf South Pacific. 

“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 whilst 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 Louis Dobbelaar (Queensland) and Grace Kim (Avondale GC – NSW) have followed up victories at last year’s International Junior Classic with fantastic seasons, culminating in Kim being selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympics. With the Olympics being held in Argentina at the same time, Kim won’t get a chance to defend her title at Cypress Lakes but will be striving for gold in Buenos Aires instead. 

Dobbelaar will also miss the chance to play at Cypress Lakes, with overseas commitments also getting in the way of his title defence at Cypress Lakes. Dobbelaar will be in the USA after receiving the prestigious Cam Smith Scholarship, getting a chance to spend a week and practice with PGA Tour Winner Cam Smith after a successful season on the PGA Tour. 

The tournament begins on Monday 1st October with the annual long drive competition and tournament registration throughout the afternoon before all players are welcomed at the official Opening Ceremony which begins at 5:30pm at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club.

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