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2018 Australian Schools 15 and Under Teams Championship - ACT Team Recap

For three years now the ACT have participated in the Australian Schools 15 and Under Teams Championships. The event this year was hosted by The Coast Golf Club, Sydney, which boasts a par 70, slope 132 for men and a par 72, slope 129 for women. Although the course was in excellent condition, weather conditions were trying to say the least. Very strong winds swept across the course on both days, shifting from a nor’easter on Tuesday to a sou’wester on Thursday. The later tee times on Thursday also experienced a period of rain in the afternoon.

While representative opportunities exist with School Sport Australia’s 12&Under and 18&Under National Championships, this event is critical in retaining interest in the game and developing ACT talent for the 15’s age group. The ACT Players trialled for selection in the 15’s team at the School Sport ACT Golf Championship at Capital Golf Club in May this year.

Seven States and Territories participated in the event and the ACT Team finished with 393 stableford points, giving them second place by 3 shots behind Tasmania. On day 2, the ACT Team gained 3 shots on Tasmania however fell just short in the end. Third place was taken out by the Northern Territory.

Cody Doyle (co-captain) - T16 (34, 25 points)

Peter Sukhumparnich - T26 (23, 27 points)

Ryan Ulrich - 10th (27, 36 points)

Angelo Bourandanis 3rd (35, 35 points)

Darren Ulrich – Manager

Silka Solomon (co-captain) - T7 (26, 37 points)

Fannie Sukhumparnich - T22 (30, 22 points)

Michelle Di Natale - T18 (29, 26 points)

Georgina Oke, 30hcp - 1st (43, 34 points)

Sue Harrison – Manager

The winning team is determined by the aggregate of the 3 best boys and girls stableford scores on day 1 and day 2. There is also an individual boys and girls prize for the 36 holes. Included in the event is an ‘excursion’ day to the Australian Open Pro-am tournament, which was held at The Lakes Golf Club this year.

Georgina Oke from Queanbeyan Golf Club and Angelo Bourandanis from Royal Canberra Golf Club performed exceptionally well during the tournament.

The contribution to the team of Georgina Oke’s first round score of 43 set us up very well early in the tournament. Georgina’s second round score was enough to secure her the overall Championship prize, and she was crowned 2018 Schools Sport 15&U Girls Champion. This is an outstanding performance for someone who is relatively new to golf. Georgina obtained her GA handicap in May 2018 and has improved her golf no end since that time. Georgina won the CSGA’s 2018 most improved junior golfer this year, reducing her handicap by 9.2 strokes between May and September. Congratulations Georgina!

Angelo finished in 3rd place in the boys competition posting rounds of 35 on both days. Angelo is also reasonably new to golf and with his athletic ability and background, is improving in leaps and bounds under the watchful eye of Adrian Lees at Royal Canberra.

The players had an amazing experience with significant development opportunities all week. Some of the things learned by the team when observing the Professionals at The Lakes were:

  • The Pro’s plan from the tee box each shot for the hole,
  • The tempo of their swings is perfectly consistent,
  • They don’t let bad shots upset the rest of their game.
  • They engage in significant preparation before a tournament.

The ACT Team would like to thank everyone for their support during the week. Our parents for providing the opportunity to participate, the South East Sports Academy (SESA) for use of their bus, JNJG for running the tournament and especially, Darren Ulrich for taking a week off work to guide and mentor the team while we were away.


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