Ben Duncombe (Headland) & Shyla Singh (Southport)
FOR WINNING THE COVETED 2021 INVINCIBLES
IGA SUNSHINE COAST JUNIOR MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP!
It gave the committee of The Invincibles Tour, and three of Queensland’s finest golf courses in Peregian Golf Course, Twin Waters and Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort a great deal of pleasure to host the eighteenth running of The Invincibles IGA Junior Masters Championship, where our juniors were tested to the max and were more than capable of rising to the occasion!
As Ben Duncombe (Headland) would testify, as he put in a brilliant performance to finish with rounds of 72-70-69-72=283 to win on the second play-off hole with a birdie, from the very talented Manato Nakatani (Surfers Paradise) after he finished normal time on 71-69-70-73=283 with another extremely talented young man in Billy Dowling (also from Surfers Paradise) coming in third on 70-71-74-70=285 in what was an extremely strong field.
The girl’s division displayed some incredible talent as the scores would indicate, particularly from Shyla Singh (Southport) who came within one shot of equaling the Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resorts course record, falling one shot short with rounds of 72-73-66-68=279. Ten under over the final two rounds!
Shyla just missed out on the record that was set by one of our past Invincibles members in Jamie Dougan (Beaudesert) who recorded a seven under after coming home over the last five holes with Birdie, Birdie, Birdie, Birdie and Birdie finish that was an absolute thrill to watch.
Yuuki Takada ((Southport) came in second in an extremely strong field with rounds of 68-72-74-70=284.
This years Masters Championship hosted no less than fifteen plus markers which makes it the strongest field ever assembled, with the highest marker being 9 that led to a magnificent four days of very competitive golf.
The Invincibles Masters Championship is a unique event, a championship that is generally played over four days, on four magnificently presented and different courses that all throw up their own set of challenges, which is something that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Australia as far as we know, that lends itself to being a unique and very exciting four days of competitive golf!
Unfortunately, this year it was contested on three courses given that Pelican Waters has been brought back to a nine-hole course whilst they go through a total revamp of the course and clubhouse.
Dale Williamson, Golf Director at Pelican was disappointed that they couldn’t host round three this year, but has already booked in for the 27th of September next year, where they look forward to showcasing their new course and facilities and making welcome The Invincibles IGA Junior Masters.
It was fantastic to receive such positive feedback from the parents and juniors that participated, in the way the Championship was run, as there is an enormous amount of work that goes into events like this, and that includes the input and support of our juniors and their parents, our clubs, sponsors and the media.
Particularly when you consider the horrendous heartache and trauma the world has endured over the past two years caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Invincibles Tour took the mind-set, that they wanted to keep the juniors and their parents routines and life styles as normal as possible, and given they had lost so many Junior events due to the virus, they decided to honour those that had already qualified, and open up nominations to those who would like to contest this remarkable championship and as it turned out, we got to witness some incredibly talented young men and women we would otherwise not had the pleasure of enjoying their company and talent.
And one must say the decision was validated, as all you have to do is look at the support our courses provided, the effort put in by our juniors and their families and the smiles on their faces, said it all!
The Tour would like to thank you all for making our championship the great success it was!
It is hard to believe why anyone would rather be anywhere else, than contesting their home-grown Masters Championship whilst enjoying the facilities and surrounds of three of the country’s finest golf courses and the company of their Tour team mates and friends.
Our 2021 Championship couldn’t have been run in better conditions, four magnificent sunny days, all be it a little windy on day one at Peregian Golf Course that tested everyone, but not to the point that it stopped Yuuki Takada and Billy Dowling from recording brilliant rounds of 68 and 70 respectively.
It's fair to say that our Masters was a great success, for a lot of different reasons, not the least being the trust and support that we have received over many years, from four very generous managers in Daniel Morrison (Peregian Golf Course) Steve Hutchison (Twin Waters) Dale Williamson (Pelican Waters) and Mark Brady (Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort).
Many thanks also go to their incredibly supportive teams in the Pro Shops, Caterers, along with their Office, Bar and Ground staff who collectively did a brilliant job to make sure our championship ran smoothly.
As is always the case, nothing was too much trouble to them, but most importantly, we would like to thank all concerned for making our championship the great success it was, and for making everyone feel so welcome.
Events like our Masters Championship don’t just happen, they happen, because people like these four very generous men above, care enough to make sure they happen, and because they, like all of us would like to see The Invincibles Tour grow and the game of golf flourish “in particular junior golf” and that’s something we’d like to think none of us take for granted, because if it wasn’t for these very generous men, their organisations and others like them, and our sponsors, our Tour wouldn’t exist!
It always gives The Tour an enormous buzz and added a fantastic atmosphere. to see past members and their families come to support The Masters, which all adds to the atmosphere and the occasion.
Past members like Shae Wools-Cobb (now a professional) and one of our first ever members, George Giblett (Noosa) a dual winner of the Master’s Championship, and Harry Takis who would have been defending his title if it wasn’t for a stress fracture to his lower back, but that didn’t stop him from caddying for Kate McFarlane and enjoying the atmosphere.
There’s no doubting that the parents play a huge part in “The Tour” but when it comes to our Major Events and Championships, they go that extra yard by helping as Mobile Scorers, Marshals, Caddies, and Spotters, or in any way they can to make sure our events create a positive, fun, and friendly environment, where everyone enjoys the moment, and that’s something we really do appreciate. Thank to all those involved, your support was and is much appreciated.
And one can’t go past the competitors themselves (our juniors) for the way they handled themselves (particularly this year when they were put under enormous pressure). They played in the true spirit of the game as their sportsmanship and demeanor both on and off the course shone through, thus giving pleasure for everyone concerned to be associated with.
Day One: Saw the Tour head to Peregian Golf Course for round one of the Masters, where we were treated to beautiful sunny skies, but unfortunately heavy winds blew across the course to test everyone’s patience and resolve, not to mention their games as the scores would indicate.
To have no fewer than fifteen of Queensland’s finest junior golfers “playing off scratch or better” displaying their skills was something special and certainly got everyone’s attention.
The girl’s division saw Yuuki Takada (Southport) play three shots better than she did last year after recording a brilliant 68, to take a four-shot lead into Twin Waters from Shyla Singh (also from Southport) who finished on 72.
The boy’s division saw Billy Dowling (Surfers Paradise) 68, take a two-shot lead over Ben Duncombe (Headland) after Billy came home with a birdie, birdie, birdie finish to end up on 68 heading to Twin Waters.
Highlight included: John Yoon’s up and down from the bunker on 3 to salvage par, Billy Dowling’s shot from under the trees on 3, Juhi Rampersad’s tee shot and birdie putt on 12, Manato Nakatani drove the green on 15 and just missed his eagle put, Ben Duncombe’s approach to the second to salvage par after being in the trees.
Also, Norika Wakayama’s up & down from the bunker to salvage par, Billy’s approach to seven for a tap in birdie, Ruby Kavanagh bunker shot on 9, Yevin Samararatne’s 40f putt for birdie on 10, Emily’s Martin’s shot from the bunker on 17 and Will Bowen and Norika Wakayama’s up and down from the bunker, both for birdies.
Day two: saw our juniors make their way to the beautifully presented Twin Waters, where they were treated to a day that started out with a little drizzle followed by perfect conditions, so there couldn’t be any excuses, and there certainly weren’t any from Yuuki Takada, Ben Duncombe, Manato Nakatani and Bill Dowling who shot even to sub-par rounds.
Girls: Yuuki Takada increased her lead over Shyla Singh after both girls recorded 2-day rounds of 68-72=140 and 72-73=145 respectively, with many players working their way into the fray!
Boys: Manato Nakatani (Surfers Paradise) put in a brilliant round of 69 to overtake day one leader Billy Dowling (also from Surfers Paradise) who recorded a very respectable one under par 71 to finish with rounds of 71-69=140 and 70-71=141 to wind up day two.
Day Three: At the magnificently prepared Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort was picture perfect, no wind to talk of, 24c, under a slightly overcast sky, the perfect day for Noosa Springs and their team to host round three of the Championship, where Shyla Singh (Southport) put in the round of the Championship, a brilliant six (6) under par 72-73-66=211 to take a three shot lead into the final round from overnight leader and club team mate Yuuki Takada who recorded rounds of 68-72-74=214 that paired them into the final group on day four.
Also teeing off in the final group going into day 4 with a one-shot lead, was Manato Nakatani (Surfers Paradise) after he recorded rounds of 71-69-70=210, from Ben Denscombe (Headland) who recorded rounds of 72-70-69=211, which promised to create an enthralling finish!
Highlights on the day included: Emily Martin’s approach to 5 to set up her birdie, Lilly Surasen’s up and down from the bunker on 15 to save par, Chase Rendell’s chip in on 8 to save par and Will Bowen’s chip in on 14 for eagle which were just a few of the highlights on day 3.
Day four: Saw the Tour head back to Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort where our juniors made the most of the conditions to enjoy their golf.
Congratulations to Ben Duncombe and Shyla Singh on their brilliant performances in winning The Invincibles 2021 IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Championship, with combined scores of 72-73-66-68=279 and 72-70-69-72=283.
Girls Champion: Shyla was thrilled to bits with her performance, even though she felt she had left a couple of shots out there on day three, but I am so excited with the way I played here at The Invincibles IGA Masters Championship. They really have put on an amazing event, Shyla said.
I knew I was going to have to play my best golf given the strength of the field. I knew that Yuuki Takada (Southport) Kate McFarlane (Bundaberg) and Norika Wakayama (Royal Pines) and some other enormously talented girls weren’t going to make it easy for me, and that’s why I feel so proud of my performance, Shyla said.
Warren Ellis (Golf Director at Noosa Springs) was blown away with the results. I don’t believe I have witnessed scoring like that over the last two rounds of any championship held here at Noosa Springs, Warren said. and that includes amateur or professional championships.
The talent that’s on display when The Invincibles Tour comes to play is incredible and awe inspiring. They are a credit to the game.
Ten Under par over the last 36 holes, is incredible golf. These kids are taking the game to a whole new level and Noosa Springs is proud and are more than happy to support and help The Tour wherever and whenever possible.
BOYS Champion: I’ve been trying to win The Masters Championship for so many years, and kept coming up short, Ben said.
I knew this was going to be my best opportunity given I was one shot off the pace and it was going to be my last chance given I turn eighteen on the 13th of November this year, and I wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip through my fingers.
I was so nervous going into the play-off with Manato. He’s a brilliant player, and I knew I had to bring out my best if I was going to achieve by dream, which I did with a birdie on the second play-off hole after we both parred the first.
That was a huge relief, Ben said.
This really means a lot to me. I have been trying for this for so long.
I am over the moon, and I think this is going to take a little time to sink in, but I will savour the moment, Ben went on to say.
There were so many very talented players in the field, like Manato. He really is a champion player and a fierce competitor which makes my performance one that I will remember for a long time.
I was also quite concerned about Billy Dowling (Surfers Paradise) a plus five marker who plays a mean game himself.
The field was full of talent in both the boys’ and girls’ division which just goes to show the depth of talent in this year’s Invincibles Masters Championship. I think there were fifteen plus markers from twenty-two clubs, which is just incredible.
Full results and gallery can be found on the tabs above (video to come)
A major highlight over the four days, was witnessing the friendship and comradery that was on display between our juniors and the parents, and the sportsmanship that was displayed, was just magical and really makes for a fantastic atmosphere.
From the feedback that we have received, is that the big winners from our Junior Masters Championship is our juniors, their families and golf in general and isn’t that what we are all striving to achieve?
The Invincibles Tour believes that most would agree that the main highlight was in the way the contestants, caddies and their families brought a fun and friendly atmosphere to the championship and the spirit in which the Championship was played, it was played hard, but fair and in the true spirit of the game.
The Tour would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to their above sponsors and supporters (Supporters Tab at top of page) for the tremendous support they give to junior golf and for helping us promote and develop the game of golf to all juniors wishing to enjoy their golf on the Sunshine Coast and beyond.
We also believe it’s fair to say that The Invincibles Tour and its events, such as The Sunshine Coast Junior Masters, The Sunshine Coast Course Cup and Gold Cup of Cups Championship, The Invincibles Match – Play and their Inter – Club Team Shield play an integral part in the landscape of junior golf on the Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland, and that’s largely due to our supporters (above) and everyone pulling together as a team in the name of junior golf!
This is extremely pleasing to see and enormously satisfying to me, and everyone involved!!!
Thanks to Golf Australia (Queensland) and the R&A, The Invincibles IGA Junior Masters Championship is acknowledged and endorsed by the R&A as a World Amateur Golf Ranked Event.
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The committee of The Invincibles Tour consider this another massive acknowledgement and endorsement of what they are striving to achieve within junior golf on the Sunshine Coast and they would like to think that everyone that has played any part (no matter how big or small) in helping create and advance The Tour to the level it is today can take a certain amount of pride and satisfaction out of this prestigious honour.
One of the great positives that’s continued throughout 2021 in the committee’s mind, is the willingness of all parties to work together as a team including (Golf Australia, PGA Australia, LPGA, Junior Golf Queensland, our Zone and District Golf Associations and The Invincibles Tour).
This should fill all golfers “both junior and senior” with an enormous amount of confidence in knowing that everyone's energy is focused on a mutual goal and that's to promote and develop junior golf into the future, with the aim of leaving a legacy for our juniors and future generations!
Congratulations must also go to Yuuki Takada (Southport) and James Riseley (Pelican Waters–pictured above) for winning the Nett Division of The Invincibles Junior Masters with rounds of 71-75-77-73=296 and 70-74-74-72=290 respectively!
The Tour would personally and on behalf of everyone extend our thanks and our appreciation to Frank Schmidt who does an absolutely brilliant job, and to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly with scoring, marshalling or in any way they could to make sure our Junior Masters ran smoothly and was a great success.
Many thanks to Neil Charkow (website1000) who works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring our website up to date, so we can stay well informed with what is happening on Tour “Your Tour”.
I would also like to pass on my deepest thanks and appreciation to my wife Marshan, our committee who did a brilliant job making sure everyone had peace of mind when it came to results and to anyone that played any small part in making sure our 2021 IGA Masters ran smoothly, we thank you!!!
A special thanks to Greg Muddle (Noosa Springs - p4 below) for starting the field over the audio system, it was much appreciated and added a nice feel to the final days play!
I personally find our junior golfers a pleasure to be associated with and The Tour would like to thank you all for striving to play your part in making sure your Junior Masters was a great success, and we look forward to making it an even greater success in 2022!
Many thanks for those that took the time to read the conditions of play and came to play accordingly.
The reason our conditions of play are so strict, is out of respect for our host clubs, our sponsors, you our juniors, the game of golf and because we want our juniors (you) to experience the same experiences that the International Touring Professionals experience, which includes, dress code, pace of play and media and sponsors commitments to name a few, that are required of “Tour Professionals” when on tour, as we feel that this is as close as you’re going to get without experiencing the real thing!
If you would like to view a random collage of photos of a fantastic group of young men and women and their families enjoying four days of brilliant golf on three of Australia’s finest golf courses, then click on the Gallery link above!
As one could imagine, there were many highlights during the four days of the Championship, far too many to mention, but there are few standouts, that include, Shyla Singh’s brilliant six under 66 and four under par 68 on day three and four at Noosa Springs.
The playoff between Ben and Manato that Ben won with a birdie was awe inspiring.
Andrew Park’s 30-foot putt for eagle on 18, and Yevin Samararatne’s 40-foot putt for birdie on 10, along with a multitude of eagles and birdies over the four days were just brilliant some just some of the many highlights over the four days!