Players stated their rounds, many having never seen either Coffs Harbour or Sawtell golf clubs. Players were greeted warmly by the friendly staff of both courses and eagerly anticipated good scoring as they vied for the 1st round lead.
Some of the stand out rounds from Sawtell’s 1st round included a blistering round of 3 under par 68 by Travis Smith, Travis was closely followed by Cameron Davis’ round of 1 under 70. Always lurking in the background with a solid even par round of 71 was Brayden Peterson. Some of the early favourites found the going tougher at Coffs Harbour where there leading scores for day one were higher. Kurt Burns and Harrison Endycott lead the way at Coffs Harbour with solid opening rounds of 3 over 72 to post the best rounds of the day at the testing course. 14 yr old Issac Noh shot a wonderful round of 4 over 73 to be only one behind the best rounds of the day.
In the girls' division, all participants competed at Sawtell and enjoyed the cool but calm conditions. With the girls' division playing for the Subaru State Age Championships as well as the NSW Junior Championships, visitors from QLD and VIC battled it out with some of NSW’s best talent to hold Day 1 honours.
Chloe McCarthy lead after day one with a fantastic round of 73 to lead by the narrowest of margins over Gennai Goodwin (QLD), 74, who in turn was being closely shadowed by fellow Queenslander Lauren Mason, who shot 75 and the ever present Shelly Shin, 76. The girls provided a tight leader board going into Round 2.
Subaru State Age Championships Day 2 Review
Golfers were again greeted with cold conditions as they teed off as early as 7am on Day 2 of the Subaru State Age Championships. Players swapped courses and starting times for Day 2 and a new challenge awaited each golfer.
With the wind picking up, players had to allow for quicker greens and tougher conditions from Round 1. The boys' divisions continued to see good scoring coming in from the leaders. At Coffs Harbour, Brayden Peterson backed up his 71 on Day 1 with an even Par 69 on Day 2. Dylan Perry rebounded from Day 1 and shot a 1 over 70, closely followed by Tim Hyland on 71. A group of other players including Cameron Davis and Luke Feltis came into the club house with sold rounds of 74.
Mitchell Venables turned around an average start to his tournament with a wonderful 2 under 69 at Sawtell. From all reports he was very unlucky to not be 6 or 7 under with many putts lipping out through his round. The only player to break Par on Day 2, Mitchell's nearest rivals around Sawtell, Grant Booth and Daniel Gale, both shot respectable even Par rounds of 71.
The girls had their first of 2 rounds at Coffs Harbour and Shelly Shin once again showed that she was a force to be reckoned with as she shot a great round of 74. Lauren Mason again backed up her solid first round with a round of 76, to fall 1 shot behind Shelly in the NSW Junior Girls Championships.
Other notables in the field include Celina Yuan who shot rounds of 79 and 76 and Mia Javanovich with rounds of 79 and 80.
The boys' field will be cut after 36 holes with the top half of the field completing the final 2 rounds at Coffs Harbour while the bottom half of the field will finish the event off at Sawtell GC. The girls will play the 3rd round at Sawtell and the 4th round at Coffs Harbour.
Subaru State Age Championships Day 3 Review
With the day 2 cut completed, the top 100 boys returned to Coffs Harbour to complete their 3rd round and battle it out for the title of Overall Subaru State Age Champion. Windy wonditions greeted players as they stepped out onto the course in Coffs Harbour and with 4 days of clear skies and ever increasing winds, it looked as though this round was going to be one of the toughest so far. It seemed as though for a long time that the best round of the day was going to be 72’s or 73’s. It took a fantastic round of 1 under 68 from Cameron Davis to give himself the outright lead going into the final day and the best round of the tournament at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.
With only 4 shots separating the top 5, Cameron Davis, +3, Dylan Perry and Brayden Petersen, +4, Travis Smyth, +5 and Harrison Endycott, +7 the final day's play will be a fantastic contest as these players battle it out for their individual Age Division Titles and the Overall Title of Subaru State Age Champion.
The Gir's' division has seen one golfer separate herself from the field and her fellow competitors, and has improved her scoring each round. Currently sitting at a total of 222, with rounds of 76, 74 and 72, Shelly Shin has given herself a lead that only she can throw away. With all the pressure on those in the field chasing Shelly, she has shown fantastic poise to lead her nearest rival for the NSW Junior Girls Championship, Lauren Mason by 8 shots, and her nearest rival for the Subaru State Age Championships Esther Yoon by 11 shots. Whilst nothing in certain in golf, Shelly will go into the final round full of confidence.
In the Plate field at Sawtell GC, 2 players came in with excellent rounds of 1 under par 70, Ben Koopman and Beau McDonald. Reece Oliver also followed up these rounds with a solid round of 2 over 73. With a late shower and stronger than average winds, the last few groups had to face some tough conditions on the home stretch.
The final day will tee off at 7am at both courses and the presentation for the Plate will take place at around 2pm in the Sawtell Club house. All players and parents are invited to attend and congratulate the juniors on a tough and well played week of golf. The major presentation will take place around 5:30pm at Coffs Harbour GC and we would invite all players and parents from the Plate field to also attend and see those who will be crowed 2012 Subaru State Age Champions.
Subaru State Age Championships, Day 4 Review
Day 4 of the 2012 Subaru State Age Championships started off with the first hint of rain that had been seen all week. At Sawtell GC, those competing for the Plate teed off nice and early and the entire field was on course before 9am. A fantastic pace of play meant that all players had completed their round by 1pm. The rain held off until the last 2 groups were coming down their last few holes and the heavens opened and the wind blew to offer that final challenge to the last few players out on course.
In the end those who participated at Sawtell GC for the final day had a great day and a fantastic experience at Sawtell GC.
The Boys Plate Winner for 2012 was Beau McDonald from The Vintage GC who finished with 4 rounds of 73, 84, 70 and 73 totalling 300, to win by 2 shots over Luke Morrison from St Michaels GC, who shot a combined 4 round total of 302. Congratulations to all our Plate winners and we look forward to seeing many of you again at the 2013 Subaru State Age Championships.
Over at Coffs Harbour GC, the leaders teed off shortly after 12pm and had the best of the conditions in the early part of their round. Overcast conditions and mild winds meant that an already tough course was given to be just that tiny bit tougher for the leaders.
With only 4 shots separating the top 5 boys going into the final round, the player who handled the conditions and pressure the best was going to separate himself from his competitors. Overnight leader Cameron Davis suffered a triple bogey during his round which would ultimately be his undoing as he went on to finish his final round with a 4 over 73 and finish 3rd by 3 shots. Runner up Brayden Petersen fought hard all the way to the end and with a birdie on his second last hole put the pressure back on Dylan Perry coming up the last hole. Dylan held his nerve and finished with an even par 69, 1 shot better than Brayden. Ultimately that was all that Dylan needed to clinch his first Overall Subaru State Age Championship.
The best round of the day went to Blake Windred from Charlestown GC, who fired a spectacular 3 under par 66 to catapult himself up the leader board to finish in a tie for 6th place.
In the girls, it seems like a one horse race heading into the final round, Shelly Shin walked onto the tee at the start of the final round with an 8 shot lead. Shelly never looked back and fired a 2 over 75 to finish the tournament with a 4 round total of 297, finishing a massive 13 shots clear of her nearest competitor Lauren Mason, with Celina Yuan a further 3 shots back. Celina fired the best round of the day in the girls with an even par 73.
Shelly started off her week leading into the Subaru State Age Championships by winning the South West Rocks Junior Masters by 1 shot over Mia Jovanovich, followed by a 3 shot victory in the Junior Champion of Champions at Sawtell GC on Monday. This capped of a remarkable 7 days of golf for Shelly and shows the hard work that she continues to put into her game.
Congratulations to all our winners over the entire week of the Subaru State Age Championships. Thank you to Subaru and Titleist, our Major Sponsors and to Coffs Harbour and Sawtell golf clubs and all their staff and volunteers for allowing us to use their courses and for putting on a wonderful event for our juniors.