One would have to say, that it doesn’t get any better, or exciting for our juniors and their families, than when they visit a club that’s set up brilliantly to host their Classic, on what was an absolute cracker of a day for golf and that’s what our Invincibles members and juniors from all over South East Queensland experienced when they arrived at Redcliffe Golf Club to contest their Junior Classic. Where most, if not everyone…………..
Made the most of the conditions, particularly Andrea Szerszen (Virginia G.C – pictured with Tyler) who won the girls division with gross 77.
Ionna Muir (Maroochy River) took out the Girls Nett title with 69!
However, the boy’s division was a much tighter affair where at one stage it looked as though we were in for a four-way play-off with even par rounds of 71, but unfortunately, young Montgomery Stapleton (Royal Queensland) missed his long putt on the 18th hole, that left close friends, Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe) Bailey Arnott (Royal Queensland) and Ben Stieler (Brookwater - p1 to 4 below) fight it out in a “sudden death play-off” where Tyler won on the second play-off hole (par 3) with a birdie.
It was a fitting outcome for Tyler given he was runner-up last year, but all boys would have been worthy winners.
The boys should be commended for their sportsmanship and demeanour around a golf course, as they certainly do epitomize what The Invincibles Tour is all about “well done men”.
As a way of saying thanks to the Mum’s who gave up being pampered with breakfast in bed and spoilt with presents on their special day, The Invincibles Tour showed their appreciation by pampering them a little by putting on a special door prize for one lucky Mum “that was won by a very happy Jenny Barnes -p2 below” and chocolates for those that stayed back for presentations.
Even though Sam Haines (Noosa Springs - p3 above) was the only Intermediate contestant to take up the challenge; it’s great to see the invitation being offered by the clubs, and one must applaud them for showing the initiative to open up their Junior Classics and Opens to Intermediate players in the hope of sending out a strong message, that they want to give everyone through to the age of twenty, the opportunity to contest well run and organised competitions to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
This concept gives all juniors, from the absolute beginner through to the Karis Davidson’s, Charlie Dann’s, and Shae Wools – Cobb’s the same opportunities to achieve their best and reach their full potential “Like Cameron Smith” but this can only be done if our intermediate contingent take ownership of this format and are prepared to support it?
Andrea Szerszen (Virginia – p1 below) and Montgomery Stapleton (Royal Queensland - p2 -3) qualified for The Invincibles 2018 IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Championship, that will be hosted by the very generous and supportive Twin Waters, Pelican Waters, Peregian Golf Course, and Noosa Springs Golf Resorts during the last week of the September School holidays (Sunday the 30th Sept to Wednesday the 3rd of October 2018).
Montgomery Stapleton (Royal Queensland) also won The Invincibles Sunshine Coast Course Cup with his 66 nett, and in the process qualified for Sunshine Coast Gold Cup of Cups Championship that will be hosted by Pelican Waters Golf Club (Sunday November 25) followed immediately by The Invincibles Annual Junior Presentation Dinner!
Congratulations to Yevin Samararatne (Windaroo G.C) for his brilliant eagle from 120 meters out, with his second shot of the day on the first hole.
It was great to see a large turnout, particularly given that it was “Mother’s Day” with some eighty plus juniors taking to the fairways which created a fantastic atmosphere and great competition…
The Invincibles Tour would like to pass on their thanks and appreciation to the great team at Redcliffe, particularly Kerry Newsome (Manager) Glen Smith (Men’s Captain) and their great team including Vonnie Moncur (halfway house) Rick Coleman and Doug Klein in the Pro, and Haley Clarke (bar) for hosting what was another excellent day out and for making everyone feel so welcome.
We would also like to make mention and thank Frank Schmidt for the enormous effort he puts into helping with stats and scoring (Frank, it really is very much appreciated)
The Tour would also like to thank and make special mention of Callaway Australia for their very generous support of “Mother’s Day” and Redcliff’s Junior Classic by supplying prizes and gifts for the Mums and juniors that were present on the day.
After scrutinising the results, the Inter – Club Team Shield points are as follows: Pacific Golf Club (212) earned the four points for winning round 1 of the 2018 Inter Club Team Shield, Royal Queensland Golf Club (215) earned two points for second, with Redcliffe Golf Club coming third, in a c/b on (216) to earn one point!!!
Highlights on the day included: Yevin’s eagle on 1, Harry Takis & Caitlin Vanderkruk’s putts on 6, Caitlyn Campbell-Nyman’s putt on 5, Montgomery Stapleton’s bunker shot on 6, Rhys Vanderkruk’s approach to 11, Tyler Duncan’s putt on 11, Andrea Szerszen’s approach to 11 to save par, Will Martell’s chip in on 18 for birdie, Ben Stieler’s massive 280 metre drive up 18 to easily win the long drive comp, Bailey Arnott’s incredible par from the trees on 18, and Tyler Duncan’s tee shot and putt on the second play-off hole to win the Redcliffe Junior Classic, which were brilliant and just a few of the many highlights during the day.
Chase Rendell (Hervey Bay - p1 above) won the 7 Hole boys comp, Archie Campbell (Redcliffe -p4) was gross runner-up.
Sophie Thomsen (Pelican Waters -p3) won the girls division with Lilly Suzasen (Marochy River - p3) was gross - up.
B Grade Boys:
Gross Champion: Rhys Vanderkruk (Keperra) 85
Nett Winner: Jayden Dyal (Caboolture) 73
C Grade Boys:
Gross Champion: Fahim Hilmi (Pacific) 86
Nett Winner: Harry Mitchell (Keperra) 69
All Photos, full Results and Gallery to follow:
If you enjoy your golf and would like to meet new people, travel to some of the best courses that Queensland has to offer and make new friends in the process, you can do so by becoming a member of the fastest growing, professionally run and organised junior golfing programs in Australia “The Invincibles Tour” where our aim is to create an atmosphere that allows our juniors to reach their full potential in a safe, fair and friendly environment……