Round 2 – Walker Strolls into lead
The second round to the Sportscover Victorian Junior Masters was played today in much calmer conditions – far more conducive for low scores than yesterday’s gusty winds. However a light shower did roll across the fairways for those that played this afternoon but it really had little impact on the playing conditions.
Toby Walker from Heidelberg Golf Club continued his recent hot form today carding a 3 under-par 69 at Waverley. His round included an eagle on the par 5 7th, playing a 5 iron just short of the green for two he then cleverly chipped in for eagle! Walker said ‘consistent hard work has been the key to his recent successes’, in 2015 he was crowned the Peninsula Junior Open Champion, the Stuart Appleby Signature Tournament Winner and most recently the Murray River Junior Masters Champion. Close on his tail is Andre Lautee (Rosanna Golf Club) who posted the round of the day 4 under-par to be within a shot of Walker, also in contention is interstate representative Jones Comerford from Boonie Doon Golf Club.
In the girls event, it was Yu-Chiang Hou that made the headlines yesterday with her equal course record round of 68 but it was her older sisters chance to steal the spotlight with her own course record at Churchill Park. The Taiwan national fired a scintillating round of 3 under-par 70 to reduce the deficit to her sister to only 2 shots at the halfway mark. Yu-Chiang Hou still holds the outright honours following a round of 75 today to place her at 3 under-par. The next best placed behind the Hou sisters is Celina Yuan (The Australian Golf Club) at 2 over, and a cluster of internationals closely follow Yuan. The final days play shapes up to be a great contest amongst an outstanding field!
Other highlights included Nathan Page’s first ever hole in one on the 5th. A perfectly executed 4 iron worked its magic but it wasn’t until the crowds applause that Page realised he had added an ace to his already impressive golfing resume! What makes his story even more unbelievable, is that Page on the way to Waverley today actually visualised having a hole in one on the 5th! The power of the mind, a great lesson for all!
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The 22nd Sportscover Victorian Junior Masters kicked off today at both Waverley and Churchill Park Golf Clubs in overcast and relatively gusty conditions with a constant easterly blowing for much of the day.
The addition of Churchill Park as a host course along with the traditional custodians Waverley meant that the field was the biggest in the events history – in fact a massive 213 players assembled in chase for this year’s title.
At Waverley Golf Club, Taiwanese player Yu-Chiang Hou equalled the course record with an impressive round of 5 under-par. A very solid start from the international, without a single bogey on the scorecard. 4 under through the turn, she started positively on the back nine birding the narrow 10th hole and then paring in for her 5 under round of 68.
Her nearest challenger is New South Wales’ Celina Yuan after the posting a score level par 73. The Australian Girls Champion and also Victorian Girls Champion will be hot at the heels of the overnight leader when the duo tee off tomorrow morning at Churchill Park.
Three players are tied on 2 over par including Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Yu-Sang Hou and Alanna Campbell who captured the Junior Masters jacket back in 2014.
In the boy’s event, Kasey Cathcart from Patterson River Golf Club is leading the chargeat 1 under-par for the day. Cathcart was quick off the mark carding 4 birdies on his front nine, a late double cost him a healthy lead but he was quick to regroup birding the par 5 18th hole.
Cathcart is closely followed by Cooper Gedde (Mandurah Golf Club) and young gun Antony Majstorovic (Victoria Golf Club) both at even par.
Competitors will now swap courses for round two before the final 36-holes at Waverley GC on Wednesday morning.
Click here for round 1 results.