Date: October 09, 2018
Author: Golf Victoria

Vic Junior Masters finds new home

After 23 successful years at Waverley Golf Club, the Victorian Junior Masters will move to Spring Valley Golf Club for the first time in January 2019.

The four-round stroke play event, now one of Australia’s strongest junior tournaments, will be played from January 2–5 at a new host course for the first time since its inception in 1995.

Waverley Golf Club first hosted this event in 1995 before adding a girl’s component in 2012 and extending the tournament across Churchill Park Golf Club’s site following their 2016 merger.

No stranger to holding big tournaments, Spring Valley played host to the Vic Open for four years from 2009, creating history in 2012 when the first combined men’s and women’s Vic Open was conducted there.

The club is also locked in to co-host the 2019 Australian Amateur Championships in January.

Spring Valley President Mark O’Sullivan is looking forward to hosting the country’s top junior talent at the club next year.

“We are delighted to host the Victorian Junior Masters at Spring Valley Golf Club,” said O’Sullivan.

“The Board, Management and Members look forward to welcoming competitors and their supporters to our challenging and well-prepared course in January 2019.”

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The Victorian Junior Masters is renowned for kick-starting the junior careers of some of Australia’s top touring professionals, with past champions such as Aaron Baddeley (1998), Marc Leishman (2001), Jason Day (2005) and Cameron Smith (2011).

The decision to remove the halfway cut from the championships in 2017 guaranteed all competitors four rounds of championship golf and assisted greatly in attracting an elite domestic and international field.

“This tournament is one of the premier events on the Australian junior calendar, guaranteeing all players four rounds of high-quality tournament experience,” said Douglas O’Keeffe, Golf Victoria’s Junior Events Coordinator.

“And the chance to gain World Amateur Ranking points is paramount.”

A large contingent of interstate players and a number of overseas players will again be welcomed to the field alongside local talent.

Queensland’s Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe) and Philippines Yuka Saso claimed the silverware in 2018 and since her victory in January, Saso has added wins in the Philippine Ladies Open and Thunderbird International Junior in the United States.

Saso also finished as the leading amateur at February’s Oates Vic Open.

Once again the final round will be streamed live via Golf Victoria’s Facebook page and the Golf Victoria website, which will also feature up-to-date live scoring across the week.

Click here to register for the Victorian Junior Masters.