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2017 Year 7/8/9 JNJG NSW All Schools Championship

Brock Speechley (Sutherland Shire Christian School) and Alyssa Wikana (Castle Hill HS) have claimed the 2017 Year 7/8/9 JNJG NSW All Schools Junior Championship at the Forster Tuncurry Golf Club. Almost 100 juniors played the tournament on the Forster course, a venue perfect for High School juniors in Years 7/8/9, with the two regular JNJG competitors proving too strong for their rivals, leading from wire to wire over the 36 hole tournament.

Speechley, a Year 9 CIS student at Sutherland Shire Christian School, fired rounds of 72 – 70 (+10) on the Par 66 layout to win the event by a commanding six strokes. Sharing second place at +16 was Keegan Phillips (Gorokan HS), Matthew Hicks (Champagnant Catholic College) and Jacob Dundas (West Wallsend HS). Dundas was particularly impressive, with his rounds of 76 – 72 giving him the Boys Year 8 title. In the Boys Year 7 division, Lachlan Barr (Ulladulla HS) recorded rounds of 78 – 73 to hang on for a three stroke victory.

The Nett Champion was Hugo Currie (Mater Dei Catholic College Wagga Wagga), with the 19 handicapper finishing the event at -9 to claim a one shot win. He defeated Year 7 Nett Champion Oliver Gilson (Callaghan College Waratah), Year 8 Nett Champion Jack Toyne (Gorokan HS) and Year 9 Nett Champion Will Flannigan (Marist College North Sydney) who all played sensational golf over the 36 holes and beat their handicaps quite convincingly.

Girls Champion Wikana is incredibly only 12 years old and showed she has a bright future in the game of golf. After starting the round with a share of the lead, the Year 7 Castle Hill HS student quickly asserted her dominance, opening up a big lead on the front nine before running away with an eight shot win. There were a number of girls who stood out in the Nett Division also, with Heather Garrett (Oxford Falls Grammar) winning in her first ever major junior golf tournament, one shot clear of Year 7 Nett Champion Maddison McKee (McAuley Catholic College Grafton).

Jasmine Driscoll (Blakehurst HS) shared the overnight lead and finished second, claiming the Year 8 Girls Division alongside Jasmine Vesper (Singleton HS) who was the Year 8 Girls Nett Champion. Maddison Butterfield (Melville HS) claimed the Girls Year 9 title with Rheannah Webb (Goulburn HS) picking up the Nett Division.

The overall wins for Speechley, Wikana, Currie and Garrett saw them take out the Jack Newton Shield, as the best performed Junior Boy and Girl, in both scratch and nett divisions, for all junior golfers in the tournament for school students in Year 7/8/9.

For full results click here.

In the NSW All Schools Golf Championships at the Tuncurry Course and Taree Golf Club, in form junior Harrison Crowe claimed a two shot victory in the Boys Event, whilst June Song ran away with a four shot victory in the Girls Event.

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