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Harry Cleare and Charlotte Perkins Conquer Catalina

(2:00pm - Sunday 26th August 2018)

After some much needed rain swept across NSW over the weekend, it was Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay) and Charlotte Perkins (Cronulla) who handled the conditions the best as both players recorded their first ever overall JNJG Victories, claiming the South Coast Junior Masters at Catalina Country Club.

Cleare was pushed all the way by final round playing partners Josh Robards (Newcastle), Jeffrey Guan (The Australian) and local favourite Jye Halls (Mollymook), but the 15 Year Old from Nelson Bay junior held them off to win by three shots. Not only does the victory give Cleare his first ever JNJG Masters trophy, it keeps his chances alive in the 2018 JNJG Masters Points Race. All the Masters Points Race leaderboards can be viewed here, with the South Coast JM Results to be included in an update tomorrow. 

In the end, Guan and Robards shared second place, with the Newcastle boy taking out the 16 Years and Over Division for his third win of the season. Far South Coast local Halls was one shot further back in fourth, comfortably winning the 12 & 13 Years Division by four shots from Kai Komulainen (Long Reef). Max Fischer (Moore Park) continued his dominance in the 11 Years and Under Division with a two shot victory over Toby Farrar (Lynwood).

Boys Overall Results - Click Here

Boys 11 & Under Results - Click Here

Whilst Cleare led from start to finish in the Boys Division, 14 Year Old Charlotte Perkins has fired the round of her short JNJG career to come from behind to run away with the Girls Division at Catalina. Perkins trailed by one shot heading into the final round, but an even par 72 saw her fly straight past overnight leaders Yerin Kim (Strathfield) and Yeleen Son (Ryde Parramatta) to take the trophy. Perkins had three birdies and three bogies in her final round, proving far too good for her older rivals.

Kim finished in solo second which was also good enough to take out the Girls 16 Years and Over Division, whilst Son shared third with Girls 12-13 Years Champion Alyssa Wikana, a further six shots back. Ryde Parramatta pair Nara Shin and JuEun Jang once again battled it out for the Girls 11 Years and Under Division, with Shin coming from behind to win by one shot.   

Girls Overall Results - Click Here

Girls 11 & Under Results - Click Here


The biggest Junior Tournament in Australia is next up on the JNJG Calendar, with almost 400 players set to head to the Hunter Valley in five weeks time to take part in the Jack Newton International Junior & Sub Junior Classic. Click the Junior (15-17 Years) and Sub Junior (10 Years & Under - 14 Years) links above to register for those tournaments. 



Stormy Start but Harry's Cleare in Front

The opening round of the South Coast Junior Masters has been a stop start affair, with 2 storm delays resulting in only half the field finishing their round.

Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay GC) was able to complete his round, and at the end of day 1, found himself solo stop the leaderboard with an impressive -3 round of 69. A birdie on his finishing hole was enough to give him a one shot lead over Joshuaa Robards (Newcastle GC), who is currently sitting at -2 with 3 holes remaining. Having already made 5 birdies for the round, he will be hoping to regain his momentum and finish strong. Jeffrey Guan (The Australian) and local favourite Jye Halls (Mollymook GC) round out the top 4.

Full boys leaderboard Click Here

The best of the girls overnight was Yerin Kim (Strathfield GC) at +6 after 16 holes. After back to back double bogeys on the 8th and 9th, Yerin was able to right the ship and is on track for an even par back 9. Yeleen Son (Ryde Parramatta GC) was the best of the girls to finish, and is one shot behind at +7.

Full girls leaderboard Click Here


Round 1 Resumption and Round 2 Draw Update

Players that did no complete their 1st rounds, the resumption of play will commence at 6.30am. Please meet at the club at 6.00am to collect scorecards and register.

Round 2 will be delayed to 7.45am to accomodate these players. The draw has been completed based on overnight positions, and can be found here Click Here 


Catalina Ready to Host South Coast JM

(8:00am - Friday 24th August, 2018)

A huge field of more than 120 players will make the trip south this weekend for the 8th running of the South Coast Junior Masters at Catalina Country Club. The Junior Masters will be the number eight on the calendar for the year, with players scrambling for a good result to help them in the JNJG Master of the Masters and Masters Points Race as the season comes to a close with only one more event to come later in the year.

You can view the results and standings from the first seven Junior Masters events by clicking here.

Concord pair Corey Lamb and Sophie Yip won the title in 2017, using the win at Catalina as a stepping stone to much bigger things. Yip won the JNJG Sub-Junior International only a couple of months later, before stunning the world by qualifying for the Women's US Amateur as a 14 year old earlier this year. Lamb has also had success on the World Stage, recently claiming the International Players Championship in Canada, one of the strongest events on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour.

Although neither of the defending champions will be making the trip south this year, it does open the door for another potential first time winner.

Yerin Kim (Strathfield) may be feeling the effects of a long flight back from Canada, finishing second in the Girls Division of the same tournament that Lamb just won. Kim has already had success in JNJG Junior Masters Series Events in 2018 and will be hard to beat this weekend if her body clock has re-adjusted to South Coast time. Kim will face stiff competition from A.C.T girl Amber Thornton, with the Queanbeyan 17 year old also having success overseas recently. Thornton recorded top 5 finishes in back to back events in Hawaii last month, including a second place finish at the Oahu Junior Golf Association Junior Open at the Hawaiian Prince Golf Club. 

The low marker and tournament favourite in the Boys Division is 14 year old youngster Jeffrey Guan (The Australian). Still looking for his first overall victory at a JNJG Junior Masters, Guan will be playing off a +2 handicap on the weekend on the testing Catalina layout. Also looking for his first overall victory is David Howard (Belconnen Mapgies), who did manage to claim his first win in Hawaii before his home state! Howard won the Oahu Junior Golf Association event at the Hawaiian Prince Golf Club, and plays his final JNJG Tour Event before turning 18 next month.

Masters Points Race leaders Nara Shin and Max Fischer (11 Years and Under), Harry Atkinson (12-13 Years), Charlotte Perkins and Josh Todd (14-15 Years) and Josh Robards (16 Years and Over) will also be teeing it up on the South Coast, a victory this weekend going a long way to securing them the Masters Points Race titles.

Play begins at 10:20am on Saturday, and the draw for the opening round can be found by clicking here.

There will be live scoring all weekend from the Catalina Country Club, and you can follow all the leaderboards by clicking here.

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