In 2017 Golf Victoria will be offering the Stuart Appleby tournaments listed in the table below. All of these tournaments are open to players Under 21 years at the time of the first day of play and are generally multi round events. They are played in age divisions (U14, 16, 18 and 21) entries permitting.
Players must be at least 10 years old to enter (in exceptional circumstances GV may choose to vary this condition).
|Jan 12-13||Southern Jnr Classic (AM, AM)||Southern||Register||Results|
|July 13-14||Yarrawonga Jnr Open (AM, AM)||Yarrawonga Mulwala||Winners||Results|
|Sep 16-17||Leongatha Jnr Open (PM, AM)||Leongatha||Winners||Results|
|Oct 4-5||Peninsula Jnr Open (PM, AM)||Portsea & Sorrento||Rd 2 Draw||Resuts|
|Nov 19||Signature Tournament (PM)||Gardiners Run||Register||Info|
|Dec 13-15||Murray River Junior Mast – 54 Holes||Cobram & Tocumwal||Register||Info|
2017 Southern Junior Classic
In contrast to yesterday idyllic conditions, a drizzly morning greeting the players this morning at Southern Golf Club for the final round of the junior classic. The early rain cleared after about one hole but as the round progressed so did the wind making conditions a little tricky.
After the round of his life yesterday Harry Goakes continued the sizzling form today to home the overall boys title. After breaking par for the first time yesterday, Goakes did it yet again today for a fantastic three under-par 69. The Royal Melbourne member starting hot with a birdie at the first hole before following it up with eight consecutive pars. Coming home he held his neve, with three birdies and just the one bogey to sign for his round of 69 to tally nine under-par for the two rounds.
Peter Vassiliadis finished in second place with solid rounds of 71 and 72 to be closely followed by Jack Rasmussen with 71 yesterday and 73 today.
Starting the day with a four-shot buffer, overnight Kay Bannan returned a solid round of three over-par 77 to capture victory by the narrowest of margins on her home course. The Southern member was impressive and maintained her composure throughout the day as she watched her playing partner Ahila-Ann Krishnamurthi edge closer and closer. In the end the Bannan’s lead would prove too much as Krishnamurthi fell just one shot short despite her best efforts following her two-under par 72 today.
Young Fijian Ka Eun Lee was too strong in the overall handicap section beating her handicap by a massive 13 shots over the past two days!
Congratulations to all the divisional winners and thanks must also be extended to Southern Golf Club for the outstating hospitality and course condition.
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2017 Yarrawonga Junior Open
The final round of the Stuart Appleby Yarrawonga Junior Open was played on the Lake course at the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club Resort. Overnight leader Piper Stubbs was poised to claim the title taking a 4 stroke lead into this morning’s round. In the boys section there where 7 players within reach of winning.
Antony Majstorovic and Toby Walker were going head to head early with Majstorovic extending his lead to 2 after a birdie on the second hole. Walker quickly responded with a birdie on the third to bring the gap back to one shot. Both birdied the fourth and fifth holes before Walker made bogey on the sixth and gave Majstorovic a two shot lead. Majstorovic then made double bogey on the eighth bringing him level with Walker. Walker then grabbed the lead after a birdie on the par five ninth hole while Majstorovic made par.
Meanwhile Nathan Page had a bogey free front nine with four birdies to be out in 32 and Daniel Gill who started the round just one shot back was out in 35, both now just one shot back from Majstorovic.
Walker then backed up on the tenth with another birdie to take a two shot lead. Both Majstorovic and Walker then steadied with pars on the eleventh and twelfth holes before disaster struck Majstorovic, another double bogey on the thirteenth handed Walker a four shot lead and let Daniel Gill back in. Meanwhile Nathan Page’s bogey at the thirteenth pushed him up to tied third place with Majstorovic.
Walker maintained a three shot lead over Gill after they both made birdie at the fifteenth.
Gill and Page both bogey on the sixteenth putting Gill into second place and four shots back and Page in fourth place six shots back.
Page then rebounds on the seventeenth with a strong birdie putting him into a tie for third with Majstorovic.
Majstorovic and Page both finished with birdies as did Walker while Gill made par. Walker finished his awesome round of 66 to win by five shots at a seven under par total a tournament record. Gill, Majstorovic and Page all finished tied second on a total of two under par.
In the Girls section Piper Stubbs was out in 36 and Steffi Vogel was out in 39 giving Stubbs a six shot lead going down the tenth hole. Stubbs came in with even par 36 and Vogel who managed to make five birdies in what was an up and down round came in with 37. Stubbs extended her four shot lead to win by two in an impressive display from the young gun.
Paddy Murphy from Buninyong ran away with the overall handicap title as he signed for rounds of 71 and 62 making a nine shot improvement from his first round.
Congratulations to all the age division winners and a very big thank you to Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club Resort for presenting the courses in fabulous condition.
2017 Leongatha Junior Open
2016 Peninsula Junior Open
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2016 Signature Tournament
Gardiners Run at Chirnside Park were hosts of the Stuart Appleby Signature Tournament for the second consecutive year. Players contended with a warmer than average day with the mercury reaching into the low 30’s. Although quite hot, conditions were relatively calm in the heart of the Yarra Valley, providing ideal conditions for low scoring. The event has a strong history of great champions, with the likes of USLPGA professional Su-Hyun Oh and 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open champion Brett Coletta as former winners.
Hill Top’s Joseph Thomas proved too strong in the boys section after firing a brilliant round of level par 72 to take home the silverware. However, the victory wasn’t a walk in the park when a playoff was required to separate the tie between he and local Gardiners Run member Jake Fullerton. Heading down the 18th hole on the first playoff hole, Thomas hit the challenging 380 metre par 4 in regulation and then effortlessly rolled in his birdie putt for the title.
Kono Matsumoto played her way around the par 71 layout for a fantastic round of 71 today to take out the girls Signature Tournament title. The 17 year old had a relatively consistent day with nines of 37 and 34 for her one under par tally. Ashni Solanki was close behind and finished runner up after signing for a score of 73.
There we some fantastic scores in the overall nett section, but in the end Alessandra Nagayo took top honours. The 13-marker hailing from Waverley Golf Club effortlessly broke her handicap by a massive 9 shots for a round of 63 and the victory.
A big thanks must be extended to Gardiners Run’s and their staff for the excellent condition of the course and their hospitality.
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2016 Murray River Junior Masters
The fourth and final round to this year’s Murray River Junior Masters reconvened this morning at Cobram-Barooga Golf Club. All eyes were on the overnight leaders as the tournament looked to crown the 2016 champions.
Like yesterday the conditions were testing, with the swirling wind capturing more than one prisoner as the day unfolded. Starting the round with a significant seven shot buffer Ooi held her nerve to take home the girls title. However it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Kew member, early birdies on the opening two holes from Ashleigh Hall applied the pressure to Ooi. The deficit was reduced to four shots with only a handful of holes left but late bogeys from Hall put a dampener on any charge she might attempt. In the end Ashleigh Hall and Steffi Vogel finished eight shots behind Ooi.
Ooi played remarkably consistent all week, especially given her lack of preparation to the event with an ankle injury. The scratch marker fired rounds of 73, 73, 71 and 74 to be the only player below par for the tournament at one under.
Taking a one-shot advantage over Liam Gransden heading into today’s final round, a solid day from Andre Lautee would be necessity to improve on his runner-up finish in the boys section last year. Lautee, a member of Kingston Heath, signed for a round of three over par 75 today to close the tournament at three over-par for top honours. The 17-year-old set the foundation for his victory in the first three rounds with rounds of 73, 70 and 73. Gransden will be left with a feeling of what could have been this morning after he discovered too many clubs in his bag leading to a four-shot penalty.
No doubt both Lautee and Ooi will be hoping to continue their form into the Victorian Junior Masters which tees off early January.
Matthew Dunne ran away with the overall handicap title as he effortlessly signed for rounds of 66, 70, 67 and 68 to beat his 8 handicap by a barnstorming 17 strokes.
Congratulations to all the age division winners and a very big thankyou to both Cobram-Barooga and Tocumwal Golf Clubs for presenting the courses in fabulous condition.
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