Heading into the final days play of the 2014 Boys & Girls Championship of Victoria, the clubhouse leaders were Metropolitan Golf Club member Blake Collyer and Peninsula-Kingswood Golf Club member Soo Bin Park. Many notable players were still in contention for both titles, in the boys event this included 2013 Boys Champion Frazer Droop (Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club) and NSW state representative Blake Windred (Monash Golf Club) and in the girls event 2014 Australian Girls Champion Kono Matsumoto (Victoria Golf Club) was two shots back while Junior State Team representative Olivia Kline (Victoria Golf Club) and NSW representative Amy Chu from Boonie Doon Golf Club were a further two behind Matsumoto.
Following near perfect conditions on day one and two, in typical Melbourne fashion the weather soon turned in the early morning with high wind gusts and rain threatening surrounding areas. This coupled with the slick Yarra Yarra Golf Club’s greens, made the going tough. At the completion of round three, the tables had turned in both the boys and girls championships. Droop turned a three shot deficit into a five shot lead heading into the final round. Similarly in the girls event Olivia Kline overtook the field to lead Park by four shots.
As conditions eased for the final round, the scoring was hot. Throughout the final round there were multiple lead changes in the girls event with the final grouping all holding the lead during the final round. Under pressure, it was Park who steadied herself posting an even par back nine, including a 25m chip-in on the last hole! It was this shot that ultimately secured her first Victorian Girls Championship by a mere shot from Chu. In the boys event, Collyer started strongly applying heat to clubhouse leader Droop with a one under front nine. Narrowing the lead to one shot heading into the back nine, Collyer fired birdies on holes 13 and 16 to eventually win first Victorian Boys Championship, one shot clear of Droop and three shots clear of Windred.
In the boys age group events, Nathan Page (Northern Golf Club) went one better this year winning the U14 Boys Championship, after finishing runner-up in 2013 while Cameron John went back-to-back, winning the U16 Boys title in consecutive years. Overall Girls Champion Park also took out the U16 title and Doey Choi (Concord Golf Club) won the U14 Girls Championship. Other notable achievements included Zara Woodbridge (Royal Melbourne Golf Club) taking out both the Girls Handicap Championship and U14 Girls Handicap Championship with nett scores of 75, 72, 82 and 82 and Bailey Holloway (Ballarat Golf Club) won the Boys Handicap Championship scoring impressive rounds of 69, 73, 78 and 74. Holloway also finished 8th in the overall title.
Other highlights included two hole in ones for the tournament, Darren Makin (Waverley Golf Club) aced the 142m 6th hole at Northern Golf Club on day one and Neangar Park member Kurtis Lynch “nailed it” on the 117m 4th hole at Yarra Yarra Golf Club on the final days play.
Round 2 – Collyer & Park Set The Pace
The second round of the 2014 Boys and Girls Championship continued today at Northern Golf Club. Like yesterday, conditions were quite tricky with the greens hard and fast and a gusty northerly making an appearance for the majority of the day. A consolation to the field was the fact that the sun was again out in full force.
Round 1 – Windred & Park Lead Junior Championships
The first round of the 2014 Victorian Boys and Girls Championship kicked off this morning at Northern Golf Club. The sun was shining brightly with not a cloud in the sky as record 40 girls and 104 boys took to the Northern layout in chase for the respective titles. A moderate northerly breeze gained momentum by mid-morning to keep the afternoon field on their toes and made good scoring quite problematic.
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