Round 1 of the 2016 Greg Norman Junior Masters began yesterday in rather cloudy and windy conditions for the field of 224 juniors.
Palmer Colonial played host to elite amateurs from interstate, overseas and throughout Queensland for Round 1 and the Opening Ceremony on Sunday to welcome all players and families to the weeklong championship.
In the Girls’ 17 years & under division, Surfers Paradise local Lisa Edgar shares the lead with Pan Shan of China with a brilliant opening one-over par 74. Japan’s Chikako Suzuki and Isabelle Taylor of Sanctuary Cove sit a further three shots back for equal second.
In the Boys’ 17 years & under division, Indooroopilly member Dominic Falkowski produced the lowest round of the day to hold the outright lead with a three-under 69 round compromising of an excellent four-under back nine finish. Chase Duffy (Redcliffe), Joel Stahlhut (Goondiwindi) and Luke Ferrier (Pennant Hills) make up a three way tussle for second with their opening one-under 71 round.
Min Kweon (Sanctuary Cove) gave herself a two-shot lead in the Girls 15 years & under division with an opening two-under 71. New South Wales player Belinda Jin (Concord) sits in outright second with Grace Kim a further two shots back.
Palmer Sea Reef’s Nick Scomazzon produced the second best round of the day with a two-under 70, with a flurry of birdies and bogeys making up his round. Far North Queensland traveller Max Ford of Cairns Golf Club carded an opening two-over 74 to hold second in the 15 years & under division.
The 13 years & under divisions are played in Stableford format with Tom Whittle of Carpentaria sharing the top position with Conor Argue of Mt Warren Park after their excellent opening 43 points round. Wesley Hinton (Isis) and Teeren Kannan (Redcliffe) are a further point back on 42 points.
The 13 years & under girls made an excellent first impression of the testing Palmer Colonial layout with Shyla Singh (Southport) and Chloe Nam (Sanctuary Cove) sharing the Round 1 lead on 40 points.
Round two commences at 6.30am Tuesday morning with Palmer Gold Coast hosting the second day.
Tournament photos from Round 1 are available on the Junior Golf Queensland Facebook Page.
The Greg Norman Junior Masters is an Australian Boys' and Girls' Ranking Event. It is for players aged under 18 years, and is played over 72-holes stroke play. This is an invite only event and is conducted by Golf Queensland through their junior entity, Junior Golf Queensland.