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The School Sport Australia 12 & Under National Golf Championships came to the Bellarine Peninsula from November 11th to 15th with SWGA Clubs, Portarlington, Curlewis & Queenscliff hosting the event and a large group of volunteers providing invaluable support to players and officials to ensure the week was a resounding success.
The Opening Ceremony, hosted by Portarlington Golf Club, was attended by officials from School Sport Australia, School Sport Victoria, Golf Australia and Portarlington & Curlewis Golf Clubs with teams representing Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia & Australian Capital Territory welcomed to the region before the event was officially declared open by School Sport Australia, National Secretary for Golf, Nick Mooney.
Competition began on Monday with a 4-person Ambrose competition with each State fielding 2 Boys teams and 1 girl team. The stunning weather from the previous day continued and it was a fantastic way for the competitors to spend some time with their teammates and get a feel for the event.
In the girls event the Queensland team of Yuuki Takada, Caitlin Vanderkruk, Shyla Singh & Sarah Hammett took out the gross event with a fantastic score of 8 under par 64 while the Victoria team of Molly McLean, Gracie Larsen, Sophie Mann & Millie Cassidy were successful in the nett section with a score of 58.7.
In the boys event the NSW No1 team of Harry Atkinson, Adam Ding, Noah Komulainen & Vidur Subramaniam eagled their last hole to finish on 10 under par 62 for a 1 shot win over the Queensland 1 & NSW 2 teams on 9 under.
The ACT No1 team of Nathan White, Levi Brideson, Thomas Lynch & Henry Kanis took out the boy’s nett event with a score of 56.5
The Championship moved to Curlewis on Tuesday. The day included an education forum for competitors and parents presented by event Ambassador Stacey Peters with a contribution from Victorian Girls Manager and Challenge supporter Olivia Kline followed by a 12.30 Shotgun start for Round 1 of the Teams Championships.
The education forum was fun and interactive for players and parents learning about the pathways to elite golf and the challenges Stacey faced though out her journey.
The players headed out on course in hot and windy conditions which proved very difficult for the talented young golfers and was reflected in the scoring.
Queensland finished the day with a comfortable lead in the main event, the Craig Parry Shield (Overall Team Gross) leading South Australia by 29 shots with NSW a further 10 shots back.
Queensland also led the way in the Bowtell-Abbott (Boys Nett) with a 14-shot lead over NSW while SA & ACT were tied for the lead in the Brenda Carnavas (Girls Nett).
Wednesday was Education day with competitors and team mangers heading to Sovereign Hill for the day and taking part in several activities including a mine tour and gold pouring demonstration.
Queenscliff hosted the final day of competition with the competitors being greeted by perfect weather and a beautifully presented golf course. The conditions were reflected in the scores with most teams returning lower scores than in Round 1.
Queensland continued their domination of this year’s event running away with the Craig Parry Shield by 75 shots over runner up NSW, followed by Victoria in a distant 3rd place.
Queensland also extended their overnight lead in the Bowtell-Abbott, taking out the event by 23 shots ahead in Victoria, leaving NSW a further 14 shots back.
To complete the clean sweep, Queensland came from behind in the Carnavas to finish 4 shots ahead of overnight leaders SA with NSW 1 shot behind in 3rd.
The Closing Ceremony was attended by officials from School Sport Australia, School Sport Victoria, Golf Australia, PGA & Queenscliff Golf Club with the Victorian Captains passing the SSA flag to the Captains of next year’s host State Queensland before the Championships were closed by SSA National Secretary for Golf, Nick Mooney
Our lone local representative, Charlie Larsen from 13th Beach performed admirably and finished with 2 medals, Silver in the Bowtell-Abbott and Bronze in the Craig Parry.
Final Scores Here: http://www.schoolsportaustralia.edu.au/golf-4/