Date: December 19, 2013
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Junior Masters to celebrate 20th Year

The Victorian Junior Masters will be hosted at Waverley Golf Club for the 20th consecutive year in 2014 when the tournament synonymous with unearthing future stars is held from January 6-8.

Jason King was the inaugural boy’s champion back in 1995 that started an honour roll boasting champions such as Aaron Baddeley (1998), Marc Leishman (2001), Michael Sim (2002), Jason Day (2005) and Waverley G.C member and Hall of Fame inductee Jin Jeong (2008). Jeong broke through with his first professional win at the ISPS Handa Perth International in late October. Current world number 2 Adam Scott has also competed in the Junior Masters four times, finishing top 5 in each start.

Reigning champions are DJ Loypur (The Heritage G.C.) and Montana Strauss (Long Island G.C.) who triumphed at the start of this year. Strauss became the second girl’s winner after Bianca Ling (Huntingdale G.C.) won the first ever Girls Junior Masters in 2012.

Golf Victoria Chief Operating Officer, David Greenhill believes the Junior Masters has been a critical component of the elite pathway set out for golfers around Australia.

“When the event first started, there were very few 72 hole events purely for junior golfers. In conjunction with Waverley, Golf Victoria shared a vision to create a pinnacle 72 hole Championship for junior players to aspire to, including the chance to win a ceremonial jacket just like at the US and Australian Masters.

“From the word go, the best juniors from around Australia have competed and the Victorian Junior Masters has rightly gained a reputation as one of the country’s best junior events. Golf Victoria greatly appreciates the wonderful support which Waverley has provided along the journey. The club has not only hosted the event, but also arranged billets for interstate juniors, had large numbers of members volunteer to oversee all aspects of the tournament and pursued event sponsorship.

“The addition of a girls section to the Championship in recent years is another great initiative and will see the Junior Masters maintain its position as a key event in Australian junior golf,” said Greenhill.

To mark the 20th year of the illustrious event, Golf Victoria in conjunction with Waverley G.C has unveiled a new tournament logo (pictured below).

Players aged under 18 are eligible to compete in the 72 hole event with a cut after 36 holes. Players who make the cut compete over 36 holes on the final day. The tournament is an Australian and World Ranking Event.

Spectator entry is free for all three days of competition.

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New Junior Masters Logo