Junior golfers brave cold
EVEN an ice-coated course couldn’t keep Clermont junior golfer Megan Gaskin from grabbing the sticks for her six-hole round at the Clermont Junior Open at the weekend.
Young Gaskin was one of almost 80 Central Highlands juniors who braved the brisk conditions for their own shot at championship glory.
“When they first got out there it was pretty cold, we had a couple of greens with a little bit of ice,” Clermont Open co-ordinator Ann Kimber said.
Blackwater’s Tess Napper was too good for Gaskin, whittling her nett score down to just 18 by the end of play in the girls’ six-hole division.
Up for grabs were not only Clermont title honours but points to put players one step closer to the Central Highlands Player of the Year honours at the end-of-season awards.
Greg Norman Foundation members were also shooting for points in the lucrative Shark Challenge.
Described as a “competition in a competition”, the unique event throws another spanner in the works for the competing players.
“It adds a bit of extra value to being a member of the Foundation,” Junior golf’s regional co-ordinator Brad Stallard said.
“There are a few extra prizes and it’s open right down to the little six-holers.
“We’re helping to encourage them to stick with the game and progress through the ranks.”
Stallard said membership was compulsory for those vying for a place in state competitions.
The balls were landing in all the right places for the Dysart junior golf team in Clermont, with the club featuring prominently throughout many of the tournament’s final points standings. Dysart’s Ella Wood nailed the girls’ three-hole nett winner’s prize, while Jack Foster came close in the boys’ nine-hole stakes, finishing with the gross runners-up prize.
The rivalry was thick and fast in the Weiki household with the Blackwater sister duo of Tahira and Rae steam-rolling their Central Highlands playing partners.
Tahira claimed the gross winner’s title in the girls’ 18-hole event with a final round 92, while Rae claimed the girls’ nine-hole gross honours with a quick-fired 59.
The Weiki girls were right on target with their green approaches, with both claiming their division’s pin-shots awards.