The 2014 Rookie series final was held at Spring Valley Golf Club today with 33 eager golfer’s hopeful of being crowned the ‘Rookie of the Year’. It was a tight affair for much of the field as the overall and three of the four age divisions winners were decided by countback.
In the end Ashni Solanki successfully defended her title from last year to take out the overall girls honours with a score of 37. After qualifying for the final at the last of the Rookie series event at Rosanna, Seve Jones fired a score of 37 to win the overall boys title on a countback from Aashish Sudarsanan.
Ben Powell took home the boys under 11 title with a score of 41 while Kay Bannan returned 41 for victory in the girls under 15 section.
The Order of Merit winners were also announced with Tom Jemison (275pts), Lauren Goddard (245pts), Ben Powell (300pts) and Jazy Roberts (285pts) claiming their respective divisions.
A bumper field turned out to Metropolitan in the first of the Regional Series events for 2015. The course was presented in immaculate condition and the weather near perfect.
Harrison Whykes from Settlers Run notched out Metropolitan’s very own Aiden Didone on a countback for the overall honnors after the pair fired stellar rounds of two under par 70.
Ashleigh Hall from Cranbourne has continued her fine form from the Murray River Junior Masters to card a score of 7 under her handicap and take home the division A title. Dylan Sclater claimed the division B prize with a round of 67 nett while Kathleen Newham was the standout for the day with a remarkable 46 points in C division.
The first of the U16 Classics kicked off with a solid 51 players competing under clear skies. Nasya Sohail fired 57 to take home the title while Aashish Sudarsanan shot a two over par 56 the boys section to win.
Nasya has now overtaken Bianca Ling with 8 victories now to her name. Congratulations to all the age division winners.
The last 2014 Rookie Series event was played at Rosanna under a pristine sunshine. Seve Jones and Kay Bannan secured themselves starts at the final after the pair won the respective under 15 boys and girls titles.
Jazy Roberts was the standout in the U11 girls with a score of 41 while Corey Wakeman finished one stroke clear of Ben Powell on 38.
The series will wrap up with the final on Friday 23rd of Jan at Spring Valley.
Aiden Didone and Se hee Hong have broken the tournament records to capture the 2015 Southern Junior Classic titles in damp conditions.
Didone closed with a one under par 71 to ward of Kasey Cathcart who applied the pressure to the overnight leader this morning.
It was neck and neck between the pair for much of the day before Didone closed with three straight birdies to secure victory.
So yeon Jang and Se hee Hong started the day tied for the lead at one under par but it was the scratch marker in Hong that prevailed after signing for a fantastic three under par 71.
Jade Brooks blitzed the field in the overall nett component after beating her 27 handicap by a whopping 16 strokes over the two rounds. The Waverley member accompanied her round of 67 yesterday with 65 today for a 36-hole tally of 132.
The weather gods looked after the 108 players at Southern GC today as the rain and thunderstorms that were predicted held off. Metropolitan’s Aiden Didone came in with a stellar four under par 68 to lead the boy’s field by a mere shot from Kasey Cathcart. Lachlan Armour was also notable with a solid level par 72.
Eastern compatriots Se hee Hong and So yeon Jang will take joint honours at the halfway mark after both players recorded fantastic rounds of one under par 73. Raphaella Mugano had a brilliant level par round and signed for 74 this morning.
Struan McDowall was the standout in the nett section with a scintillating round of 63 from his 17 handicap. Three players in Jade Brooks, Kay Bannan and also Mugano are tied second on seven under their handicap.
The final round will conclude at Southern Golf Club with tee times from 7:00am.
The 2014 Murray River Junior Masters has finished in style with both the boys and girls winners recording tournament records. Cranbourne’s David Micheluzzi closed with a brilliant 3 under-par 69 to finish on a 72-hole tally of a remarkable 11 under-par. His nearest challenger was Matias Sanchez who led at the halfway mark and carded a 71 today for a total of 1 under-par.
Kono Matsumoto reeled in the round 3 leader in Vanessa Bouvet to overcome her 2 stroke overnight deficit and successfully defend her title for 2014. Like Micheluzzi, Matsumoto fired an impressive 3 under-par 69 for a total of 289 to break the former tournament record of 292 that was held by Bianca Ling and Reanna Matthews.
The Cranbourne pair of Caleb Johnson and Ashleigh Hall were standouts all week and finished tied for the overall nett component – both broke their handicaps by a stellar 16 strokes over the four rounds.
Congratulations to all the age division winners and a very big thanks to both Tocumwal and Cobram-Barooga Golf Clubs.
Day three of the Murray River Junior masters saw plenty of movement at the top end of the leaderboard as both the boys and girls overnight leaders came back to the field. A round of 69 from David Micheluzzi sees him now firmly in the lead at 8 under-par. Strong rounds of 69 from Caleb Bovalina and 70 from Kurtis Lynch move them into contention for the boys title.
In the girls section Vanessa Bouvet from The Empire club in Brunei will take a two stroke lead into the final round tomorrow after returning a strong round of one under-par 71 today. Her closest rival is defending champion Kono Matsumoto who will be eager to make up the ground and successfully defend her title.
The Cranbourne duo of Caleb Johnson and Ashleigh Hall still lead the nett boys and girls section with the one round to play.
Matias Sanchez has extended his lead in the Murray River Junior Masters after the +1 marker fired 2 under-par to sit at 7 under at the halfway mark. Tocumwal specialist David Micheluzzi returned a stellar 67 this morning to move into second place and well within striking distance of Sanchez.
After her 3 under-par round yesterday, Olivia Kline shot a more than respectable level par 73 to find herself three shots clear of defending champion Kono Matsumoto. 14 year old Linley Ooi carded a career low round of 3 under-par 70 today to be tied with Matsumoto in second place on 146.
Cranbourne’s Caleb Johnson held his nerves today to sign for a 71 nett from his 20 handicap for a 36-hole tally of 133. Sophie Crouch from Mildura fired a brilliant 65 nett to take the lead in the girls overall handicap section
Matias Sanchez returned a stellar 5 under-par 67 at Tocumwal this morning to lead the boys section of the 2014 Murray River Junior Masters. Just one shot back is Metropolitan’s Sean Smith after carding his equal best competition round of 68.
In blustery conditions, Olivia Kline signed for a 3 under-par 70 to be poised at the top of the leaderboad after day one. In second is the trio of Vanessa Bouvet, Alex Hilliard and Soo Bin Park with rounds of 1 under-par 72.
The best nett rounds of the day came from two Cranbourne members with Caleb Johnson shooting an outstanding 62 nett and Ashleigh Hall 67 nett.
Listen to the thoughts of round 1 leader Matias Sanchez.
Huntingdale have taken out the 2014 Club Teams Championship on their home ground with a fantastic score of +16. High winds and warm temperatures made conditions tricky and good scoring quite the feat.
Trinity Francis led the four man team with a brilliant score of +7 before Mille Smith returned a fantastic +6. Jackson Hoult (+3) and Aaron Nguyen also played their part in claiming the title for 2014. Waverley #3 finished three shots back in second place on +13 while Waverley #4 rounded out third place on +5.
Thanks must go to the host venue Huntingdale Golf Club for once again welcoming all players and parents.
110 of Victoria’s best primary school student golfers descended upon Kooringal Golf Club to challenge for the Primary School State Final title. There was an extra special guest who arrived as play was finishing, Stuart Appleby himself.
Stuart answered questions in a Q & A with competitors and parents as well as signing autographs and getting photos taken with anyone who asked.
In the end it was Kay Bannan from Don Bosco Primary Schoo who shot 75 to take home the girls section while Levi Sclater from Guthridge Primary School fired an equal tournament record 66 to claim top honours in the boys title.
2014 SIGNATURE TOURNAMENT - November 23, 2014
Matias Sanchez (Sandhurst) and Ahlia-Ann Krishnamurthi (Riversdale) have claimed the respective boys and girls Signature Tournament titles for 2014. The St. John course at The Heritage was presented in immaculate condition and players were fortunate enough to have the weather match – an ideal sunny and calm 27 degrees.
Cameron John (Waverley) came in early with a stellar four under-par 68 and looked destine to take home the cup. However, Sanchez signed for a tournament record low 67 to narrowly edge out the early clubhouse leader
Krishnamurthi finished two shots clear of her nearest competitor, Sheradyn Johnson, to have her name etched alongside the likes of Su-Hyun Oh.
It was a tight affair in the overall nett section with Ashni Solanki taking the honours on a count back over Antony Majstorovic – both tied on 69 apiece.
Congratulations to all the age division winners; Louis Dobbelaar (U14B), Sheradyn Johnson (U14G), Cameron John (U16B), Abigail Chong (U21G).
A full field of competitors took to Oakleigh for the second time this year in the Rookie Series. Ashni Solanki and Aashish Sudarsanan continued their dominance by taking home the U11 Girls and U15 Boys sections respectively.
6 year old Harrison Gomez was unfazed by the hot weather when he fired an unbelievable nett score of 17 while Sean Shan also chimed into the winners circle with 19 nett.
The last of the Rookie qualifying events will be at Rosanna on Monday 12th January where many will be keen to grab last minute OOM points!
Aashish Sudarsanan fired the low round of the day with 35 to take out the U15 Boys title at the Dunes – Cups on Saturday 18 October. Aashish has now won back-to-back in the Rookie Series with the first coming a few weeks ago at Sanctuary Lakes.
Ashni Solanki snatched back the OOM lead in the U11 Girls with yet another victory – her 4th for the year!
The Peninsula Junior Open finished in sensational fashion this morning at Portsea Golf Club. The skies were clear with not a breath of wind to mention – perfect scoring conditions. Harrison Whykes overcame a four shot deficit last night to fire a stellar round of four under 67 to take out the boy’s title.
A playoff between Bianca Ling and Soo-Bin Park was needed to decide the girls section after they tied on 147. The pair teed of the first playoff hole with some 50 parents and players watching intensely. After a solid drive, Ling struck her wedge perfectly to only a few feet for a tap in birdie and to claim the title.
Jade Brooks carded nett rounds of 70 and 64 for top honours in the overall handicap division.
After another successful year, the U16 Vic Junior Classic events wrapped up for the 2014 season. Bodie Gardner and Lauren Goddard were the overall champions with scores of 52 and 58 respectively. This is not Bodie’s first time on the podium; his first win came last year during the April school holidays.
Congratulations to all those that competed during the year and we hope to see you back in 2015!
A strong contingent of Rookies took to Sanctuary Lakes on Thursday 25 September in very chilly weather. Aashish Sudarsanan came in with the low round of 39 while Kiandra Hughes and Lennox Popplestone also had fantastic rounds! Next on the Rookie Series calendar is The Dunes – Cups on October 18th.
VICTORIA SELECTS 2014 SRIXON INTERNATIONAL TEAM - Sept 3, 2014
The players to represent Victoria at the 2014 JNJG Srixon International later this month in NSW have been announced. Matias Sanchez (Sandhurst), Konrad Ciupek (Victoria), Andre Lautee (Rosanna), Kono Matsumoto (Victoria) and Alex Hilliard (Sandhurst) will compete in the 72-hole tournament at Maitland Golf Club.
A vintage final round performance at the Barclays last week has seen Stuart Appleby cement starts at the next two tournaments of the FedExCup Playoff’s. Stuart finished tied for second at 12 under-par along with fellow Australian Jason Day and American Cameron Tringale. Appleby soared up the rankings to now sit 19th on the table.
Listen to Stuart talk about his recent form and upcoming playoff events.