On the weekend of the 30th November & 1st December 2019, WGCNC hosted its second golf camp for junior girls in the region to develop their game of golf.
Ten girls attended the camp on Saturday at Taree golf course under the coaching eye of Belinda Hodson (Port Macquarie). The morning session, after a light warm up & introduction from all the girls, Belinda concentrated on the importance of alignment and practiced some long irons. After lunch the girls headed back to the putting area where they had tuition on putting technique, alignment, reading greens and games-based practice for distance control.
Belinda also allowed some time in the afternoon for bunker & chipping practice in preparation for the tournament the next day.
On Saturday night the girls and their parents were invited to the Manning Aquatic Centre where the girls cooled off followed by a BBQ dinner.
Sunday morning, we gathered at Taree Golf Club for breakfast which had been organised by the club as part of their tournament package and played in their 9 & 18 hole tournament.
In conjunction with the 18 hole tournament the CNC District Junior Girl Championship was held, The winners were as follows:
Gross Winner – Pyper Hollis (Kew) with 83 Gross
Net Winner – Maddison Butterfield (Kempsey) with 76 Net
Again, the camp would not run successfully without the commitment of WGCNC and JNJG, for which both the girls and parents are very grateful.
I would also like to thank Taree Golf Club, especially Kay Woolcock & Todd Watkins for their assistance in organising this camp.
A huge field of more than 375 junior golfers headed to the NSW Hunter Valley for the 2019 Jack Newton International Junior Classic, beginning on Tuesday 1st October at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The tournament once again play host to golfers from all over Australia and all around the world, maintaining its place on golfing calendars as the biggest junior golf tournament in the country.
A capacity field of 208 players competed at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in the 15-17 Years Division, with the tournament growing in quality year after year. All 208 players registered for the event this year are on single figure handicaps, with 2-time NSW Junior Champion Hyejun Park (Queensland) the low marker in the field at +5.
In a new addition to the tournament at Cypress Lakes, hole-by-hole drone flyovers gave players, parents and spectators a different view of the course.
Just minutes down the road, almost 170 players in the 14 Years and Under Sub-Junior Division played the testing Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort layout for the very first time. After a successful relationship with Jack Newton Junior Golf and host of the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic for a number of years, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley hosted the Sub-Junior tournament, welcoming kids and parents to the fantastic family friendly resort.
The International, brainchild of Australian golfing stalwart and JNJG founder Jack Newton, was first held in 1986 and provides a competitive environment for the most promising talent from right around the globe.
Teams once again flew in from far and wide with players from Canada, Hawaii, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa and South Korea looking to take the trophy back home with them. Every state and territory in Australia was also represented, with players making the trip from all corners of the country to compete in the 72-hole 4-day tournament.
In total, 40 Internationals and 102 Interstate competitors joined the 230+ local NSW and A.C.T juniors in the field, with more Girls taking part than ever before. 60 Girls teeing off at Cypress Lakes in the 15-17 Years Division, whilst a massive 50 Girls competed at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, significantly up on junior girl numbers from previous years.
The tournament is a permanent fixture on the junior golfing calendar, holding both Australia Junior Order of Merit and World Amateur Golf Ranking Status, and is proudly supported by major sponsor, Callaway Golf South Pacific.
“The Jack Newton International Junior Classic is an important stepping stone for many of Australia’s young golfers,” said tournament host and founder, Jack Newton. “This event has been pivotal in founding the careers of Australia’s well-known international golfing stars providing them with a platform to make a successful transition into the senior ranks,” finished Newton.
Aaron Baddeley won the Jack Newton International in 1998, just two months prior to securing his first Australian Open victory as an amateur. Baddeley is a winner on the PGA tour and an enthusiastic supporter of junior golf around the world. Other international professionals that claimed the Jack Newton International Junior Classic in their junior days are current PGA / European Tour Players Steven Bowditch, Andrew Dodt, Brett Drewitt, and Ryan Ruffels (2-time Sub Junior Champion).
Current LPGA Tour stars Minjee Lee, Su-Hyun Oh and Thidipa Suwannapura were all recent champions in the event whilst Ladies European Tour Champions Nikki Garrett and Rebecca Artis and multiple Japanese Tour winners Brendan Jones and Nikki Campbell also tasted success at the Jack Newton International Junior Classic.
Three of our local girls participated in this wonderful event, with excellent results as follows:
JNJG International Sub Junior Classic:
Ella Scaysbrook (Port Macquarie) – Tied 3rd Overall in the Girls Championships and Placed 1st in the 13 Years Gross & Nett Division by an impressive 15 Strokes.
Ella had Rounds of: 72, 73, 72 & 77 for a Total of 294
JNJG International Junior Classic:
Pyper Hollis (Kew) – Tied 42nd Overall in the Girls Championship and Placed 18th in the 17 Years Girls Gross & Tied 6th in the Nett Division.
Pyper had Rounds of: 80, 82, 81 & 84 for a Total of 327
Quedesha Golledge (Kew) – Tied 42nd Overall in the Girls Championship and Placed 14th in the 15 Years Girls Gross & 1st in the Nett Division by an impressive 9 Strokes.
Quedesha had Rounds of: 80, 80, 81 & 86 for a Total of 327
Well done girls!
Recipient – Ella Scaysbrook from Club: Port Macquarie
The support from the De Groot family has been incredibly generous over a number of years and is continuing with their Scholarship for 2019.
Rob & Gail De Groot from Coffs Harbour feel it’s their pleasure to play a small part in promoting & progressing the junior girls in our area and give them something to strive for.
The scholarship is awarded to a junior girl in the WGCNC district (Woolgoolga to Bulahdelah) to support them financially to develop their game of golf.
The De Groot’s have had their own daughter Emma progress from a junior in the CNC district to being a professional on the LPGA tour. They understand the commitment required from parents to support their child to develop their game of golf and this is their way of giving back to the sport and the CNC district.
This year the Scholarship was awarded to Ella Scaysbrook from Port Macquarie Golf Club.
Ella (Age 13) started playing golf with the Port Junior’s, following in the footsteps of her Dad who is a keen golfer.
Today she is a regular participant in golf both at her club (Port Macquarie), all WGCNC Camps and JNJG events.
Some of her highlights in her budding golf career have been:
· Current Handicap: 4.5
· I first met Ella at a junior tournament in Port Macquarie when we had our Kew Camp in 2015, she has been playing for a little while with the Port Junior’s but was very keen on Physical Culture which was her main sport at the time. Since that initial contact, she has attended all our WGCNC camps and has now decided golf will be her main sport.
· Obtain her 18-hole handicap in January 2017 at 35.
· Ella played her first 18-hole event with the WGCNC Ladies Committee Day in Wauchope March 2017.
· August 2017 Ella played in her first JNJG event – Sub Junior International in Cessnock. Ella was the Girls 12 Years & Under Nett Winner.
· July 2018 Ella won her first JNJG State Age Championship Title – Aged 12.
· 2018 also saw Ella play in the Schools events for the first time. After winning the NSWCCC Under 15 Championships she was selected into the NSWCCC Golf Team.
· This has continued into 2019 with Ella winning the Year 8 Girls Scratch in the Years 7/8/9 Jack Newton Shield & placed 2nd Overall in May.
· As a result, Ella was selected into the NSW Under 15’s Schools Team to contest in the Australian Under 15’s later this year.
· Ella has also been selected into the Hunter Academy Programme which has seen her improve all areas of her golf for the last two years.
· Recently was the youngest junior to win the Port Macquarie Ladies Championship.
· Ella is a hardworking young lady keen to improve her golf skills at every opportunity.
· She is keen to pursue a golfing career & a wonderful ambassador for junior girl’s golf.
Nearly 100 Junior School Golfers from across NSW headed to Forster Tuncurry on the 6-7 May 2019 for the 2019 JNJG Year 7/8/9 Newton Shield.
The golfers swapped books and pencils for clubs and balls on Monday and converge on the Mid North Coast for the tournament, with selection in the NSW Under 15 team up for grabs.
The leading two boys and girls, in both Scratch and Nett Divisions to be selected by JNJG to participate in the Australian Under 15 School Event, played in conjunction with the Australian Open, later in the year.
The tournament was played over two courses, with the long Tuncurry course hosting the opening round before players moved to the short and tight Forster layout for day two.
Ella Scaysbrook (Port Macquarie) – Rounds of 86 & 74 for a Total: 160. Placed 2nd Overall, 1st Year 8 Girls Scratch & Tied 2nd Year 8 Girls Nett
Vanna Limeburner (Kew) – Rounds of 86 & 76 for a Total: 162. Placed 3rd Overall, 2nd Year 8 Girls Scratch & & Tied 2nd Year 8 Girls Nett
Quedesha Golledge (Taree/Kew) – Rounds of 86 & 82 for a Total: 168. Placed 5th Overall, 2nd Year 9 Girls Scratch & Nett
Annie Knox (Frederickton) – Rounds of 128 & 111 for a Total: 239. Placed 14th Overall, 3rd Year 9 Girls Scratch & Nett
Ella & Vanna were selected in the NSW Under 15’s Schools Team to contest in the Australia Under 15’s in December. Well done girls.
North Coast Junior Masters
The opening round of the North Coast Junior Masters was placed at Kew Country Club on the18 & 19 May 2019 in perfect conditions on the Lower North Coast.
For the first time in tournament history, more than 100 juniors took part in the 5th JNJG Junior Masters event of the year.
There is something in the water on the Lower North Coast that the girl golfers seem to be drinking, with the local contingent stronger than ever in 2019.
Pyper Hollis (Kew) was looking to win her local Junior Masters event with one final attempt before turning 18, whilst fellow Kew CC members Vanna Limeburner and Quedesha Golledge were hoping local knowledge would help them win
their own age divisions. Port Macquarie pair Madeleine Laws Farrell and Ella Scaysbrook also made the short drive down to Kew, looking to keep the majority of the Girls trophies in the Lower North Coast District.
Pyper Hollis (Kew) – Rounds of 77 & 83 for a Total 160. Placed 7th Overall, 4th Girls 16 Years & Over Scratch & Nett
Ella Scaysbrook (Port Macquarie) – Rounds of 81 & 80 for a Total 161. Tied 8th Overall, 2nd Girls 12 & 13 Years Scratch & 3rd Girls 12 & 13 Years Nett
Quedesha Golledge (Taree/Kew) – Rounds of 86 & 81 for a Total 167. Tied 12th Overall, Placed 4th Girls 14 & 15 Years Scratch & 5th Girls 14 & 15 Years Nett
Vanna Limeburner (Kew) – Rounds 83 & 86 for a Total 169. Placed 16th Overall, 6th Girls 12 & 13 Years Scratch, 6th Girls 12 & 13 Years Nett
Madeleine Laws-Farrell (Port Macquarie) – Rounds 91 & 89 for a Total 180. Tied 21st Overall, Tied 10th Girls 14 & 15 Years Scratch, & 7th Girls 14 & 15 Years Nett
Maddison Butterfield (Kempsey) – Rounds 96 & 84 for a Total 182. Placed 24th Overall, Placed 6th Girls 16 Years & Over Scratch & Nett
Keona Sykes (Coffs Harbour) – Rounds 110 & 118 for a Total 228. Placed 27th Overall, Placed 13th Girls 14 & 15 Years Scratch & Nett
Belmont GC and Charlestown GC hosted the 2019 NSW Junior Championships and JNJG State Age Titles last week with the four round tournament starting on Tuesday 9th July.
Almost 250 of the best players from around the country took part in second JNJG Major of the Year, with the winning boy and girl earning an exemption into the NSW Open, part of the Australian PGA Tour Summer of Golf later in the year.
One of the highest ranking junior events in the country, the NSW Junior Championships once again saw a strong field taking part with players from all over Australia flying in to compete. 67 Interstate and Overseas competitors, by far the biggest number in NSW Junior Championship history, took part in the event this year whilst the NSW & A.C.T juniors also competed for the JNJG State Age Championships, NSW Club Junior Champion of Champions, NSW Country Junior Championships and the Inter-District Teams Championships.
The Inter-District Championships was played over the first 36 holes of the NSW Junior Championships. District teams were made up of four players, with a minimum of one junior girl in each team.
The team score was calculated from the best three of four scratch scores in each round.
Three of our local girls were in the Lower North Coast & Mid North Coast Teams. The Team Event Results were:
1. Ev. Newcastle – K Toole (+12), H Cleare (+2), H Ellison (Ev), J Robards (-2)
2. +4. Hunter River – J Vesper (+14), H Atkinson (+9), J Fuller (Ev), C Lamb (-5)
3. +14. Illawarra – S Bosevski (+12), A Brown (+10), E Harvey (+4), B Wills (Ev)
4. +15. Central Coast – A Boyd (+6), S Binder (+8), D Pedzikiewicz (+6), K Phillips (+3)
5. +18. A.C.T Monaro – I Hawes (+6), L Chamberlain (+6), A Maxwell (+9), M Nguyen (+6)
6. +18. Northern Rivers – H Fuller (+13), H Remfrey (+2), I Outridge (+3)
7. +22. Far South Coast – J Halls (-3), B Halls (+11), H Peterson (+14)
8. +26. Lower North Coast – Q Golledge (+12), E Scaysbrook (+13), W Knight (+14), F Murray (Ev)
9. +32. Central West – B Davis (+13), C Jackson (+5), C McMillan (+14)
10. +39. Mid North Coast – M Butterfield (+19), B Flanagan (+13), H McMillan (+7)
The Girls Results for the overall event were as follows:
Ella Scaysbrook (Port Macquarie) – Rounds of: 82,77,83,81 for Total: 323.
Tied 39 Overall, 8th NSW Girls Country Junior, Tied 2nd Girls 13 Years Gross & 3rd in Nett
Quedesha Golledge (Kew) – Rounds of: 85,89,91,92 for Total: 357
Placed 44th Overall, Tied 12th NSW Girls Country Junior, Placed 8th Girls 15 Years Gross & 5th in Nett
Maddison Butterfield (Kempsey) – Rounds of: 92,92,101,92 for Total: 377
Placed 51st Overall, 14th NSW Girls Country Junior, 5th Girls 16 Years Gross & Nett
Well Done Girls.
On the weekend of the 27th & 28th July 2019 WGCNC hosted our first golf camp for 2019, for junior girls in the region to develop their game of golf.
Six girls booked in to attend the Port Macquarie camp. Unfortunately, the small group of girls from North Sydney that were coming to join us withdrew the weekend before. Even though the numbers were low I decided to still proceed with the camp.
James Single (Professional Port Macquarie) conducted the coaching on the Saturday.The morning session consisted of stretching & warming up exercises on the range and some games-based activities.
James then moved around the girls assisting with their individual requirements while he working through the clubs from chipping to drivers. James included lots of chipping drills which were very successful.
After lunch the girls headed back to the putting & bunker areas where they had tuition on technique.
James then took the girls out onto the course to practice shot selection, etiquette and scoring in preparation for the tournament the next day.
Our night activity was organised at Port’s Wave Bowling Centre. The girls appeared to really enjoy the evening and interacted well together.
Sunday morning, we again gathered to participate in their junior tournament.
Everyone enjoyed the tournament with plenty of support & prizes for all participants. During the 18-hole presentation I also presented Ella Scaysbrook (Port Macquarie) with the 2019 Emma De Groot Scholarship which she was thrilled to receive.
The camps would not run successfully without the commitment of WGCNC, JNJG & Coaches, for which the girls and their parents are very grateful.
I would also like to thank Port Macquarie Golf Club, especially Chris Farrell for his assistance in organising this camp & tournament.
Preliminary works have been undertaken for our next camp a little later in the year hopefully at Harrington Waters.