Date: December 16, 2016
Author: Golf Victoria

Ooi & Lautee crowned 2016 Murray River Champions

Round 4 – Ooi and Lautee crowned 2016 Murray River Junior Maters Champions

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.

Click here for the final results. 


Round 3 – Moving day at the Murray

The third round of the Murray River Junior masters shifted to the well-known Old Course at Cobram-Barooga Golf Club. The Old Course is a traditional work of art where the magnificent couch fairways are framed by towering redgum and pine trees with fast and true greens. Conditions were the hardest of the past three days with a gusty south westerly challenging the player’s game as well as club selection.  

With several players in the hunt at the halfway mark todays round was pivotal to the overall result come tomorrow afternoon. With many of his fellow competitors struggling, Andre Lautee fired a solid round of one over-par 73 to overtake the round two leader Markopolo Fullepp at the top of the leaderboard. Lautee sits in outright first at level par but is closely followed by Liam Gransden at one over par. Gransden started the tournament with a round of 75 but has hit some form and momentum the past two days with rounds of one-under 71. Joining Lautee and Gransden in tomorrow’s final group is Reid Brown and Nathan Page.

Linley Ooi has a stronghold on the girls title when she will tee it up in tomorrow’s final round seven strokes ahead. Ooi has managed her way around the past three rounds brilliantly with rounds of 73, 73 and 71 for a two under-par tally. Her round today was particularly impressive, with many of her challenges struggling Ooi fired her best round of the tournament to extend her lead. Defending champion Alex Hilliard made her way up the leaderboard after carding a round of one over to be joint second with Cobram-Barooga’s very own Steffi Vogel.

Matthew Dunne continues to hold strong in the handicap sector after rounds of 66, 70 and 67 from his 8 handicap. Medway’s Harrison Gooch is placed three shots behind the Kingston Heath member.

Click here for the third round results and final round draw. 



Round 2 – Overnight leaders continue to hold strong

The second round of the Murray River Junior Masters kicked off this morning at Tocumwal Golf Club in overcast conditions. Players were reprieved as the early morning showers cleared only minutes before the first tee time.

Kew’s Linley Ooi has continued her momentum by duplicating her level par round yesterday with yet another solid 73. Unlike yesterday where her putting was the down fall, today it actually saved her on more than one occasion with her ball striking not up to her usual standard. Ooi, who currently leads the yearlong Future Champions trophy will take a one-shot advantage over Cobram-Barooga’s Steffi Vogel. Vogel will feel right at home tomorrow and will no doubt to use all of her local knowledge to her advantage.

Markopolo Fullepp has been steady for the past two days with two rounds of one under-par 71 to be placed at two under at the halfway mark. Andre Lautee made up some ground on the overnight front runner after signing for a two under-par 70 this morning to place him just a single shot back after 36-holes. New South Wales’ Reid Brown was again consistent with a round of 72 laying a solid foundation to make a charge at the leader in the morning.

Currently there is three-way tie at the top of the leaderbaord in the nett section. Matthew Dunne, Sam Tucker as well as Markopolo Fullepp are all level on 136 strokes.

In amidst of all the good scores today, one moment stood head and shoulders above the rest. Jackson Gentle hit a perfect pitching wedge on the par 3 17th hole for a hole-in-one. The perfectly struck shot landed just to the side of the pin before spinning sideways into the cup for his ace. 

Click here for the second round results and thrid round draw. 


Round 1 – Fullepp and Ooi cruising at the top of the Murray

The opening round of the ever-popular Murray River Junior Masters kicked off today at the beautiful Tocumwal Golf Club. The brilliant Captain’s course was manicured to absolute perfection with conditions calm and conductive for good scoring. The fairways were so lush and the greens rolling so true they would no doubt be the envy of many metropolitan golf courses.

Markopolo Fullepp from Victoria Golf Club currently leads the boys field with a round of one under-par 71. The 16-year-old was the only player to break par for the day and it probably could have been a few shots better. Teeing off the back side, Fullepp hit the ground running and birdied the 10th before eagling the 11th hole. A slightly stray drive on the par 5 12th hole led to a lost ball that would see him mark down a triple bogey 8 before another bogey on 16. The 3-marker putted exceptionally well which heled him reconcile on the back nine with three birdies for his one under tally.

A cluster of four players signed for rounds of 73 including JNJG representative Reid Brown, last year’s tournament runner-up Andre Lautee as well as Ben Henkel and Nathan Page. No doubt they will be eager to reduce the deficit on the leader come tomorrow mornings second round.  

In the girls section, Victorian girls state team member Linley Ooi leads the field with a solid round of level-par 73. The Kew member will be hoping to hole a few more putts tomorrow after her solid ball striking left her with plenty of birdie opportunities this morning. Trailing close behind and sitting two shots back is Nasya Sohail on one over-par with Steffi Vogel another shot in arrears.

In the nett section, Josh Brown all the way from East Framlingham fired a sensational round of 61 nett to break his 16 handicap by a massive 11 shots. Kingston Heath’s Sam Tucker and Matthew Dunne also had great rounds of 64 and 66 nett respectively.

Click here for the first round results.