Date: January 14, 2011

Earl and Lee crowned SA Junior Amateur champions

Sam Earl and Jenny Lee have been crowned 2011 Golf SA Junior Amateur champions after winning their respective finals at The Vines Golf Club of Reynella. Local Vines member Earl defeated Jacin Cook (Tea Tree Gully) 7 & 5 while Lee (Glenelg) defeated Rachel Taylor (Mt Osmond) 4 & 3. After yesterday&aposs rain, today&aposs final was played in perfect conditions across the picturesque Vines layout, and in the Boy&aposs championship match it was Earl who jumped out to an early lead, holding a five-hole advantage after just 9 holes. Thereafter the match evened out with Earl maintaining the same five-hole lead through 27 holes, before sealing the contest courtesy of birdies at the par 3 10th and par 5 13th holes. It was an excellent result for the 17-year-old Blackwood High School student, who finished 7th in stroke play qualifying earlier in the week. On route to the final Earl accounted for the top two Boy&aposs qualifiers in Cory Baker and Will Somerfield in his quarter final and semi final respectively. As predicted the Girl&aposs Championship final proved to be a tight affair with Jenny Lee, last week&aposs Golf SA Junior Masters winner, holding a two-hole advantage over Rachel Taylor after the first 18 holes. In a seesawing match, Lee extended her lead by a further shot at the 12th only for Taylor to win a hole back with an excellent birdie 4 on the par 5 14th. After both players had found the green on the par 3 14th, Taylor conceded the hole with an unfortunate three-putt and when she drive into the trees from the next tee the contest was sealed in Lee&aposs favour. In this morning&aposs Girl&aposs B Grade Championship final, Jacqueline Walter (Broken Hill) played a dominant hand in defeating Samantha Stevens (Wirrabara) 10 & 9 in the 27-hole final format. For all results from the 2011 Golf SA Junior Amateur Championship, click here for the tournament event page.