The 2014 Series is hotting up with just one round to be played at Sandhurst in late August. The Regional Series Cup has been scaled back to the "best 54" to reflect the drop to 7 events in line with the other divisions.
A number of players are in with a chance to take the overall gross honours and claim the cup. Div B sees Kyle Brooks with a good lead and Montana Lewis is well out in front in Div C.
Konrad Ciupek showed his consistent form by taking out the 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Junior Open by 7 shots in cold conditions. Konrad returned rounds of 72 and 70 (both best rounds of the day) for a two under par total.
Emily Smith also had a strong victory, winning by 4 shots from Alex Hilliard.
Nett honours went to Jordan Mowat from Belvoir Park, returning a 36 hole total of 135, including a great second round nett 64.
For the first time the SAJG Rookie Series will be played on the famed Melbourne sandbelt at the magnificent Kingston Heath GC. The third event in the series will be played on the morning of Tuesday, July 8. It is a great chance to play the course both Tiger Woods and Adam Scott rank amongst the world's finest.
An updated calendar and entry form appear on the Rookie Series page and SAJG urges all aspiring young players to get their entries in early as places are limited.
Please note the event scheduled for May 25 at The Growling Frog is not proceeding. SAJG is endeavouring to find an alternative venue and details and entry forms will be uploaded here as soon as confirmed.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
VIC JUNIOR CLASSIC WINNERS - April 11, 2014
The second of the Vic Junior Classics for 2014 was played under grey skies with a few showers. Despite this there was some great scoring across both the boys and girls fields.
The Boys Overall title was won by Ashish Sudarsanan, his first win, with a great score of 54, even par.
The Girls winner was Nasya Sohail, just missing the record girl's score, by returning a score of 56, 2 over par.
There were a number of new players and strong performances amongst some of the younger age sections.
The 2014 Rookie Series calendar is nearly complete. The Series will kick off in the April holidays at the Morack Golf Course in Vermont South. This event has been moved out of the middle of winter where it has been played over the past 2 years and we anticipate the course (and the weather) will be much better.
Most of our Rookie Finalists from last year are sure to be back, a bit bigger and stronger, and we look forward to some great golf over the course of the year from our fine young players.
There will be a couple of new venues added this year along with the chance to return to some from last year and "re compete".
Cameron John and Tahlia Holmberg have taken out the 2014 Central Victorian Junior Masters, played at Neangar Park GC, on March 1 and 2. Despite a rain delay on day 1 conditions were generally good, and there were many great scores returned during the tournament.
This is Cameron's first overall win in a SAJG tournament, returning a solid total of 141 for the 36 holes. Miki Matsumoto was runner up on 144, with Kurtis Lynch taking out the BDGA Junior Championship.
Tahlia, a local member at Neangar Park, had a great battle with Ashleigh Hall, before prevailing by 3 strokes. It was also Tahlia's first win in the tournament, where she has been runner up previously. Ashleigh took out the BDGA Girls Championship.
Jade Brooks took out overall nett honours with a 6 under total of 138, just pipping Ben Powell with a 5 under total. Ben took out nett honours in the Boys U14 section.
SAJG thanks Neangar Park GC for once again hosting a great event.
The next SAJG 36 hole tournament is at Yarrawonga in the middle of the year.
Kono Matsumoto is having a ball in the lead up to the Australian Women's Open att Victoria GC this week. Kono got to play with Minjee Lee, Su Oh and our highest ranked player Karrie Webb. Whoa!!!
Kono received her place in the tournament via her victory in the Club Championships at Victoria last year.
Follow the progress of all the juniors via the Golf Australia website.
MEDAL OF MEDALLISTS - February 3, 2014
The Medal of Medallists winner for 2013 is Keeley Marx from The Heritage. Keeley returned two great scores in January to secure the playoff with a total of 19.6 under her handicap for her two best scores. 2013 was a terrific year for Keeley, with her handicap dropping from 40 to 21.
Runner up was Keeley's brother, Shaye, who also had a standout year, finishing just ahead of Frank Vucic from Kooyonga.
Frank's golf and handicap are constantly on the improve and it was a terrific effort to produce the scores he did off a 5 handicap.