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Unstoppable Bang & Brady Bag NSW Junior

(6:00pm - Friday 12th July 2024)

Concord’s rising star, Michelle Bang, has claimed her third victory in less than a month, securing the NSW Junior Championship with Queenslander Jedd Brady going wire to wire in the Boy’s division.

Ann Jang of NSW GC led the tournament all week, but by the 18th hole, Michelle Bang had tied up the scores.

It seemed like a playoff was imminent until Jang’s critical three-putt bogey on the last hole left her one shot short, while Bang calmly parred to win the championship.

“I’m feeling great, it’s my third win in a month so I’m happy,” Bang said with a smile.

“I had a slow start today, one under on the front nine and then I had three birdies on the back nine so that helped me a lot.”

Bang’s final round of three under par 71 was good enough for a total score of five-under 290. Jang eventually finishing tied for second with Avondale’s Rachel Lee, who flew home with a five under par 69. Victorian Sophie Mann was the best of the interstate visitors, securing fourth place with a final score of two under for the week.

Bang admitted she was determined despite starting the final round two shots behind the leader.

“I just wanted to play my game and not worry about other people’s scores. I was just trying to make more putts, and I did check the leaderboard while I was out there,” she laughed.

This victory follows her recent wins at the NSW CHSSA Championships and the Victorian Junior Championships.

“I’m feeling pretty confident, my game’s pretty good at the moment and my putting has been better. My iron shots were good too, always within ten feet,” the seventeen-year-old added.

“The courses were very wet but I’m happy to have played under par, didn’t play over par all week.”

This win will now secure her a spot in the 2025 Women’s NSW Open.

“I’m looking forward to playing the professional tournament. The last time I played the Women’s NSW Open was two years ago.”

In the Boy’s division, Jedd Brady of Royal Queensland was unstoppable, winning by five shots with a final score of -7 after an even par round of 70 at Cabramatta Golf Club.

“I feel great. It was a challenge out there today, the course definitely wasn’t easy, but I just committed to my shots, stayed in the present and then let the result take care of itself in the end. So I’m really, really happy,” the seventeen-year-old said.

Brady noted that leading and winning a four-day event was a new experience and the biggest win of his career.

“It’s not the nicest feeling sleeping on the lead each night but you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. You train all year, and this is where you want to end up. It’s a hard position to be in but I think I handled it well and I’m pleased with the performance,” he added.

“It was good to get the job done.”

Brady’s game was in top form all week, never playing over par.

“Putting this week was really a strength of mine, I think I gained five shots in the first round alone. So it was nice to see the putts fall. Towards the end of the championship it was more the mental game that stood out,” said Brady.

“You’re not going to hit great shots all the time but it’s your ability to recover from those and keep going.”

For his wire-to-wire effort, Brady has earned himself a spot in this years prestigious NSW Open to be played at Murray Downs Golf and Country Club from November 14-17.

“That’s amazing. I’ll definitely prepare hard and give it a good crack. I’ve only played in one professional tournament before,” he said with a smile.

“The professionals are there for a reason, they’re obviously the best in the world so I think it’s about going there and seeing what they do best and learning from them.”

Coming in second place on -2 par was Ryde Parramatta’s Vidur Subramaniam, who had a phenomenal 30-meter chip shot on the last to finish the tournament with a birdie.

Tied for third was The Australian’s Harry Gourlay and Queenslander Saxxon Ford, both with a score of +3.

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Jang & Brady Ready for Final Showdown at NSW Junior

(5:30pm - Thursday 11th July 2024)

Ann Jang and Jedd Brady are still the ones to beat heading into the final round of the NSW Junior Championships.

Today at Liverpool, Jang faced some challenges, finishing with a one-over-par round of 75, bringing her total score to -4.

“It was okay out there today, but I just made a stupid double on the last. That feels bad but it’s alright. I had some putts that didn’t drop, but I’ll take it,” she said talking about her round.

“I’m still winning and I’m just looking forward to tomorrow, I’m hoping for a strong finish.”

She now holds a two-shot lead, inching closer to clinching her second NSW Junior title.

“It feels pretty surreal and I’m a little nervous. I just have to wait until I’m finished tomorrow and keep it in mind and ignore the scores,” she added.

“I just can’t believe three days are already gone, it’s gone too fast.”

Michelle Bang sits in second place with a score of -2 after a solid one-under-par round of 73 today.

In third is Victorian Sophie Mann, who also posted a one-under-par round of 73, bringing her total to -1.

Over in the boys' division, Jedd Brady continues to dominate. The 17-year-old shot a one-under-par round of 69 at Cabramatta, bringing his total score to -7.

“I think today was pretty difficult out there. It was definitely a battle. I think the key thing out there was being disciplined with those pin positions, cause there was a few today that were right on top of the slopes. You had to leave yourself uphill putts,” he said reflecting today’s game.

“I didn’t have as many putts drop as I would like but I think I played pretty solid and I was trying to have fun and commit to all my shots.”

With a comfortable six-shot lead heading into the final round, the Queenslander is remaining focused.

“I think the lead is irrelevant, I’m just going to try and got out tomorrow and play golf. After 18 holes we’ll see how we stand,” he added.

“This is obviously a new position for me, I haven’t been here before but I think it’s exciting to see how my game stacks up against the competition. There’s some really good players in the field.”

Behind Brady on a total of -1 is The Australian’s Harry Gourlay. The NSW Junior Boys state team member had an incredible six birdies on the front nine at Cabramatta today.

Tied for third are Ryde Parramatta’s Vidur Subramaniam and Queenslander Dujuan Snyman, both with a total score of +1.

The final round kicks off tomorrow morning at 7 AM, with the girls competing at Liverpool and the boys at Cabramatta.

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Jang & Brady Maintain Lead at NSW Junior

(5:30pm - Wednesday 10th July 2024)

Ann Jang has managed to hang on to her four-shot lead at the NSW Junior Championship, while Queenslander Jedd Brady has continued his fine form during round two today.

17-year-old Brady shot a one-under-par round of 69 at Cabramatta, taking his total score to -6.

“I think today didn’t come as easily as it did yesterday. Walking on the course today my two goals today were to commit 100% to every shot and, most importantly, have fun,” he said.

“The measure of success today was not to hit every shot perfectly or have amazing scores. It was just to get out there, have fun and just enjoy the moment. That’s really it.”

Brady credited his playing partners – Cameron Walker, Reggie Murray, and Jamie Seol – for keeping the game fun and motivating.

“I obviously had three amazing guys to play with and golf is sport, so we were having fun.”

“I was just out there controlling what I could control and just let the result take care of itself.”

Despite the muddy conditions from the recent wet weather, Brady adapted well.

“I think that both courses have been a good test of golf. Two completely different styles, Liverpool’s got lots of water and this is more treelined. I think the best golf will definitely win over four days,” said Brady.

As the tournament heats up, Brady’s strategy is simple; “I think it’s just continuing on. You can think, five, ten, even 36 holes ahead of what could be at the end of the championship, but if you’re doing that, you’re obviously not concentrating on the next shot,” he added.

“So, I think that’s all I’ve got to do for the next two rounds. Just focus on every shot 100% and whatever result that gives me, I’ll be happy with that.”

Hot on Brady’s heels is Ryde Parramatta’s Vidur Subramaniam, just three shots behind at -3. Subramaniam also shot a one-under-par round of 69 at Cabramatta today.


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“I played pretty good today, very consistent. I hit lots of fairways and greens today, so I think that reduced how many bogeys I had,” he said.

“The course was wet, but I think it was much better than Liverpool. There was not much run today, so I made it a little bit harder, but yeah, it was good on the whole. And the greens were quick.”

The NSW Junior Boy’s Team member is hoping to make some moves heading into round three.

“I think this course can be really rewarding if you’re playing good. So as long as I stay in the current form, I should be pretty good, I’m excited.”

In third after a remarkable seven-under-par round of 65 at Liverpool Golf Club today is Cromer’s Hamish Robb. His total score now sits at -1.

In the girl’s division, Ann Jang began the day with a four-shot lead and, despite some challenges, managed to maintain her advantage at Cabramatta.

“It was a really hard course, one of the hardest courses ever. It was pretty narrow and the greens were pretty hard. I just couldn’t hit it right today and I had so many three putts,” she said.

“I finished birdie on the last so that makes me feel a little better. It was a pretty tough day.”

Ja Jang ended with a three-over-par round of 76, bringing her total score to -5. She’s now focused on getting her game back on track for the next two days.

“I think I might just forget about this day and look back to playing at Liverpool. I just need to do my thing. I feel better because I like Liverpool more.”

Meanwhile, Michelle Bang of Concord made some serious moves, climbing to second position.

The 17-year-old was the only girl to shoot under par during round two, finishing with an impressive one-under-par round of 72 at Cabramatta.

“My shots were getting better on the back nine so I’m happy about that and to have moved up the leaderboard,” she said.  

“This course is so narrow, I hit the trees a lot today but had some good saves so I’m happy. Hopefully, I can hit lots of fairways tomorrow.”

Tied for third on an even score is Avondale’s Rachel Lee, Victorian Sophie Mann and Queensland’s Elly Petersen.

Round three will get underway at 7 AM tomorrow, with the girls to play at Liverpool, and the boys at Cabramatta.




Birdie Blitz for Jang & Brady at NSW Junior

(5:30pm - Tuesday 9th July 2024)

Ann Jang’s fight to score a second NSW Junior Championship title is off to a flying start after a phenomenal bogey-free round of eight under par 66 in today’s opening round.

Playing at Liverpool Golf Club, the 17-year-old’s scorecard featured a very impressive eight birdies despite the wet conditions.

“It was a pretty simple round. I just hit it to the fairway and hit it to the green and then I just putted in. It was a pretty good round for me, and I feel really happy, ”Jang said.

“It was really muddy, but you can actually hit it anywhere because it doesn’t run. So, it was okay.”

The round has put her four shots in front of her closest competitors, the NSW GC member saying she was trying something a little different out there.

“I was just trying to focus on my golf more, not to care about scores and it worked today.”

Jang won the event back in 2021 and admits she would love to hold the trophy again this year.

“I’m hoping to win another one, it would be pretty special to me, especially as it’s my last year.”

IN second place at four under is Queenslander Elly Petersen, with Avondale gun Rachel Lee, just back from representing Australia at the Inaugural USGA VS Australia Junior Teasm challenge in Wisconsin, in third place at minus three.

In the boy’s division, Queenslander Jedd Brady is out in front by two shots after his impressive five under par round at Liverpool.

The 17-year-old from Royal Queensland had eight birdies on his scorecard, saying he thought he did well to get around the damp course.

“I think I holed a lot of putts today; I think my ball striking was really on point. But I mean to score you have to hole the putts and I think that’s what I did best today,” he said.

“The last few tournaments I’ve been making a lot of mistakes so I knew if I just kept the birdies up and limited the mistakes then I’d be in a good spot, and I think I did that pretty well today.”

Never having played the NSW Jnr before, Brady said he was ecstatic with his start and hoped to keep the momentum going.

“It’s only round one, but it’s a positive start. I think I just need to focus for the next few days and keep doing what I’m doing,” he added.

“I really just wanted to go out there and have fun and do the best I could and see where that ends up after four rounds.”

In a tie for second are Victorian Rupert Toomey, Concord’s Chayse Thorpe and Lynwood’s Matthew Fullerton, all at three under par..

Fullerton, who’s played the tournament for many years, said he was feeling really comfortable.

“I came in with a pretty good mindset, just positive on the drive here which I think was one of the main focuses for me out there. And then I just carried that attitude into my round with every shot that I hit. And yeah, it worked out,” he said.

“I feel like I can continue to play pretty good golf from here, as long as I just stay on the path I’m going on. I know that I’ll have a good tournament.”

Round two will tee off 7.00 AM tomorrow at Liverpool and Cabramatta Golf Clubs.

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NSW Junior Championship - Round 1

(3:00pm - Monday 8th July 2024)

The 2024 NSW Junior Championship gets underway on Tuesday morning, with more than 250 golfers signing up to take part in the tournament this year. Players will play 18 Holes at both Cabramatta GC and Liverpool GC over the first two days, with the field split into two sections.

  • The 13, 14 & 15 Year Old Divisions will play at Cabramatta on Tuesday and Liverpool on Wednesday.

  • The 12, 16 & 17 Year Old Divisions will play at Liverpool on Tuesday and Cabramatta on Wednesday.

At the completion of 36 Holes, all Girls will move to Liverpool GC for the final two rounds on Thursday and Friday, whilst the top 100 Boys, plus a minimum of 8 Boys in each age division, will make the cut and qualify for the final two rounds at Cabramatta GC.

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Strong field set for NSW Junior Championships

(12:00PM - Tuesday 2nd July 2024)

Liverpool and Cabramatta Golf Clubs are set to host some of the country’s most accomplished junior golfers when they compete in the prestigious NSW Junior Championship next week. A stellar lineup of more than 250 boys and girls will battle for glory over four days. Players are travelling from almost every state in the country, as well as a few making the trip from overseas.

With reigning champions Ella Scaysbrook and Taj Egea having moved on to the senior ranks, the stage is set for two new champions to be crowned.An impressive 75 players in this year’s event boast handicaps of scratch or better. Leading the charge is 2023 Australian Junior Champ Ann Jang of NSW GC, playing off +4.9.

Jang, who claimed victory in this event in 2021, will face fierce competition from last year’s runner-up, Rachel Lee from Avondale. Lee, claimed the WPGA-sanctioned Mollymook Women’s NSW Open Regional Qualifier in December last year, and was a key player in the winning NSW Junior State Team in Perth in April this year. The girls’ division also features several other strong contenders including Concord’s Amy Squires, Catalina’s Sophie Eppelstun, and The Australian Golf Club’s pair Lara Thomsen and Camilla Kim, who were also both pivotal members of the winning NSW Junior State Team. Sophia Chau of Gungahlin Lakes, an ACT Junior state team representative and winner of this year’s Murray River Junior Masters, is another formidable competitor.

Other notable competitors with wins on this year’s JNJG Tour include Kiara Connolly-Jackson from Kooindah Waters, Mirabelle Naaman of Liverpool, and Sahara Hillman-Varma of Concord.

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Keep an eye on 14-year-old Mimi Thomsen of The Australian, who also earned a spot on the NSW All Schools Team just last week at the NSW Combined High Schools Championship.

The boys’ division is also packed with talent, Jonothan Hong of Macquarie Links stands out with the lowest handicap of +4.5, in. afield which includes NSW Junior Boys State team members Harry Gourlay (The Australian), Vidur Subramaniam (Ryde Parramatta), and Toby Farrar (The Australian). ACT Junior Boys State Team member Harry Whitelock of Royal Canberra, this year’s Murray River Junior Masters winner, will compete alongside fellow state team member Nathan White of Pymble. Darcy Mackay of The Australian, a newly minted member of the NSW All Schools State Team, and Bo Chung of Concord, winner of the Illawarra Junior Masters and Macarthur Junior Masters, are also in the mix.

Known for unearthing future golfing sensations, many of Australian Golf’s finest players, including Peter O’Malley, Matt Jones, Jan Stephenson and Sarah Kemp, have won the NSW Junior. Recent winners include the 2023 NSW Open Champion David Micheluzzi (2014), PGA Tour Winner Lucas Herbert (2012), and Challenge Tour regular Jordan Zunic (2010).

Besides Scaysbrook and Jang, recent winners of the girls include LPGA player Karis Davidson (2015) and June Song (2017) who was a pivotal member of the 2023 all-conquering NSW Interstate Series Team.

This year’s host venues are the picturesque Liverpool Golf Club and Cabramatta Golf Club. The challenging yet fair courses will provide the ideal backdrop for the 72-hole Championship.

All players will complete at least one round at both host venues, with a cut taking place after the second round. The final two rounds will be played at Liverpool and Cabramatta Golf Clubs.

The 2023 NSW Junior Championship begins next Tuesday morning, with play set to start at 7 AM.


In other junior news, the NSW & ACT Junior State Teams selection protocol outlines criteria for choosing players to compete in the Australian Junior Interstate Team matches has also been released. Each team consists of five boys and five girls, who must be under 18 and members of an affiliated NSW or ACT golf club. Selection is based on World Amateur Golf Ranking, Golf Australia Order of Merit Rankings, and performance in specific tournaments.

Selected players must adhere to a representative player agreement and play in the Australian Junior Championships before the interstate matches.

More information can be found here.

A new 2024-25 Golf NSW Junior Interstate Squad Program has also been announced for elite junior golfers under 18 from NSW. Selection is based on performance in designated tournaments and criteria such as club membership and conduct. The squad includes 16 players, and while selection for the squad doesn’t guarantee a place in the Junior Interstate Team, it provides training and competition opportunities. Automatic selection is granted to top finishers in specific 2024 events. Non-automatic selection is based on overall performance and commitment.

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