Round 2 – Overnight leaders prevail at Southern
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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Round 1 – Happy as Harry
A bumper field assembled in chase for the 2017 Southern Junior Classic titles in absolute perfect golfing weather as clear skies and calm winds greeted the players. The mercury reached into the mid-twenties by the late morning and made the conditions perfect for low scoring.
Royal Melbourne’s Harry Goakes had the round of his life to be placed at the top of the leaderboard after signing for a scintillating round of 66. His round started of slow with a bogey on the first hole before lighting up the fairways on the remaining holes with seven birdies for his six under tally. It was Harry’s dads birthday today and all he asked from his son was an under par round…..happy birthday dad!
Cranbourne’s Jack Rasmussen and Peter Vassiliadis are tied in second place after signing for rounds of one under-par 71 to be closely followed by Harrison Gilbert on 73. After a solid finish in the prestigious Master of the Amateurs, Cameron John will be looking to make up some ground on the overnight frontrunner when he starts the second and final round eight shots back.
Southern member Kay Bannan has a stronghold on the girl’s title after signing for a round of 74 this morning. At just 14 years old Bannan used all of her local knowledge to par the course for her best ever round of golf. She will start tomorrow morning with a commanding four shot lead over Fijian Ga In Ju and five shots in front of Yarra Yarra’s Melanie Foster.
Harry Goakes currently leads the overall nett section with 61, but a number of challenges will be applying the pressure. Ka Eun Lee from Fiji beat her 21 handicap by eight shots for a round of 66, while Lachlan Robinson also signed for 66 today.
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