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A New World Champion

Following the success of the Jarrod Freeman in Capetown, South Africa in 2014, 17 year old JNJG junior member Jack Pountney won the 2016 World Association of Left Handed Golfers Championship in Miyazaki, Japan last week.  Jack claimed the new title by 2 shots with a score of 227 from fellow JNJG junior Bryce Pickin. The event was reduced to a 54 hole tournament after the third day was cancelled due to severe weather conditions resulting in the courses being unplayable. This unseasonable weather followed the devastating earthquakes the previous week in the Kumomoto region 200 kilometres northeast of the tournament venue.

At the presentation Jack Pountney (pictured) praised the Japan ‘Lefty’ Association for their hospitality and excellently run tournament. Both Jack and Bryce partnered Australian players David Ryles and Bryan Lynch to take out the Doug Crosby World Teams Championships (pictured) from host nation Japan. Tom Waki, Chairman of the NALG Japan was complimentary of the boys and their performance and vowed to bring a team to Melbourne for the 2017 Championships to beat the Aussies. In presenting the World Cup, life member and former Chairman Doug Crosby OAM noted the quality of the young juniors particularly their behaviour towards the other players and particularly the hosts, Japan. While both boys will have graduated from the junior ranks by the time the next Championship is played in Melbourne in 2017, both have vowed to return to defend the individual and team trophies.

 

Juniors Take Part in Left Handed Golf Championships

The 2016 World Association of Left Handed Golfers Championships are currently being contested in Japan. Jack Newton Junior Golf representatives Bryce Pickin and Jack Pountney are among the favourites in this four round tournament played at 4 different courses in the city of Miyazaki on the Japanese southern island of Kyushu. There was some concern about the event following the recent earthquakes in Kumumoto only 200 kilometres north east of Miyazaki but event organisers were confident about the safety of the participants.

With support from Mr Doug Crosby OAM, the Australian founder, patron and life member of the WALG the boys flew into Miyazaki on Sunday morning following an overnight flight from Sydney to Tokyo. Doug has assisted many left handed players over the years to attend this championship with a number of successes including Brad MacIntosh, two time Ladies Champion Nerida Gregory and three time Open Champion Jarrod Freeman.

Jack Pountney, Doug Crosby OAM, Bryce Pickin

The event commenced in 1979 following the election of Doug as Chairman of the World Association, a position he held for 34 years. He was recognised for this service with life membership of the association. Doug was also a long time director at the Strathfield Golf Club in Sydney. He has always been passionate about the lefty's and being able to provide opportunities for young people through the sport of golf. The Doug Crosby World Cup teams event is played in conjunction and has been won by Australia on 9 occasions out of the 19 contested.

The two JNJG representatives, Jack Pountney and Bryce Pickin are both in their final year of school, and with the event coinciding with the school holidays both were able to fit it into their schedule. The event is played over 72 holes of stroke play on some of Japan's finest courses including the Phoenix Country Club site of the Dunlop Phoenix Open on the Asian Circuit.

Jack plays out of Coffs Harbour Golf Club and is on a handicap of plus 2 while Bryce, playing off scratch lives in Newcastle and calls Charlestown and Avondale his home clubs.


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