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2018 NSW Junior Championships and JNJG 12 Years & Under State Age Championships

(Wednesday 28th March, 2018)

Jack Newton Junior Golf is pleased to announce that a new event will be launched in July, with the JNJG 12 Years and Under State Age Championships to be held at Penrith GC and Dunheved GC in Western Sydney.

Following on from the success of the 2018 Harvey Norman Week of Golf, Wagga Wagga Junior Masters, and the recent Peter O’Malley Junior Masters at the Bathurst GC, where for the very first time 10 and 11 Year Old Age Group Divisions were introduced into the tournament, Jack Newton Junior Golf has decided to expand the State Age Championship component of the NSW Junior Championships.

This change will accommodate the huge number of young juniors taking the step up into tournament golf without impacting the quality of the NSW Junior Championship, with tournament numbers across both the NSW Junior Championship and JNJG 12 Years and Under State Age Championships expected to climb well over the 300 player mark.

“At the recent Peter O’Malley Junior Masters in Bathurst, a record field of more than 200 players took part, up from only 160 players in previous years”, said JNJG Tournament and Event Manager Dale Hughes. “When we looked at the breakdown of players and what age groups they were competing in at that event, we noticed that more than 50% of the field were competing as 10, 11, 12 or 13 Year Olds. This is a massive change from years gone by when the 15, 16, and 17 Year Old Age Groups dominated the numbers at JNJG events.”

Previously, the NSW Junior Championships and JNJG State Age Championships were played in conjunction with each other and a capacity field of approximately 250 players from around the country came to compete in the event. “We quickly worked out that with the success of these younger divisions at the first few events in 2018, when you tried to add another 60 or 70 youngsters under the age of 12 into the NSW Junior and JNJG State Age Championships in July, there just wasn’t enough daylight to fit everybody in”, said Hughes.

So rather than try and squeeze extra players from those younger age divisions into an already full event, or worse have these younger players who were wanting to compete in the Championships be balloted out, the JNJG 12 Years and Under State Age Championships will not only cater for these new players, but also provide a stronger NSW Junior Championships in the Newcastle district.

See below the details and make-up of the two tournaments to take place over the NSW / ACT July School Holidays;

2018 NSW JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Incorporating

- NSW Boys and Girls Championships (Open to all entrants who meet the age and handicap criteria)
- JNJG State Age Championships (Open to 13-17 Year Old NSW / ACT JNJG Members Only)
- NSW Country Junior Championships (Open to NSW / ACT JNJG Members who reside outside the Sydney Metropolitan area)
- NSW Boys and Girls Inter-District Teams Championships (Teams Event Open to NSW / ACT JNJG Members who reside outside the Sydney Metropolitan area)
​- NSW Club Junior Champion of Champions (Open to NSW / ACT JNJG Members who are the current junior club champion of a NSW / ACT Golf Club)

Tournament Dates

- Monday 9th July (Official Practice Day and Tournament Registration)
- Tuesday 10th July (Round 1)
- Wednesday 11th July (Round 2)
- Thursday 12th July (Round 3)
- Friday 13th July (Round 4)

Host Venues

- Charlestown Golf Club (Cup)
- Belmont Golf Club (Plate)

Handicap Guidelines

Interstate and Overseas Competitors aged 13-17 are invited to compete in the NSW Junior Championships but must meet the following handicap criteria.

- Boys – 9.9 or lower
- Girls – 15.9 or lower

NSW / ACT JNJG Members are invited to compete in the NSW Junior Championships and JNJG State Age Championships but must meet the following handicap criteria.

17 Years: 9.9 (Boys) and 15.9 (Girls)
16 Years: 12.9 (Boys) and 18.9 (Girls)
15 Years: 15.9 (Boys) and 21.9 (Girls)
14 Years: 18.9 (Boys) and 24.9 (Girls)
13 Years: 21.9 (Boys) and 27.9 (Girls)

Tournament Format

The 2018 NSW Junior Championship will be played over 72 holes, with all competitors playing the opening 36 Holes (18 Holes on each course) before a cut is made. Players who make the cut will compete in the “Cup” at Charlestown GC, whilst players who miss the cut will compete in the “Plate” at Belmont GC.

Entries for the NSW Junior Championship open on Friday 20th April, 2018.

 

2018 Jack Newton Junior Golf 12 Years and Under State Age Championships

Incorporating

- JNJG STATE AGE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Open to NSW  / ACT JNJG Members aged 12 Years or Under who hold an official 18 Hole GA Handicap)

The JNJG 12 Years and Under State Age Championship is open to NSW / ACT JNJG Members only. Interstate and Overseas competitors are unable to enter the JNJG 12 Years and Under State Age Championships.

Tournament Dates

- Monday 16th July (Official Practice Day and Tournament Registration)
- Tuesday 17th July (Round 1)
- Wednesday 18th July (Round 2)
- Thursday 19th July (Round 3)
- Friday 20th July, 2018 (Round 4)

Host Venues

- Penrith Golf Club
- Dunheved Golf Club

Handicap Guidelines

All players MUST hold an official 18 Hole GA Handicap.

12 Years: 33.0 (Boys) and 42.0 (Girls)
11 Years: 33.0 (Boys) and 42.0 (Girls)
10 Years & Under: 33.0 (Boys) and 42.0 (Girls)

Tournament Format

The 2018 JNJG State Age Championship will be played over 72 holes and there will be no cut. Players will play two rounds at Penrith GC and two rounds at Dunheved GC, with the opening round played at Penrith on Tuesday 17th July.  The second and third rounds will be played at Dunheved GC on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July, before the final round will be played back at Penrith GC on Friday 20th July.

Entries for the JNJG 12 Years and Under Championship open on Friday 20th April, 2018.


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