6 of our Juniors travelled to Goulburn last weekend to compete in one of the Junior Masters events on the Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG) Tour.
This event is one of six Junior Masters Events held across the year, Catalina Club hosts the South Coast Junior Masters in August as one of the others.
We had some great scores amongst the group with the highlight being Sophie Eppelstun shooting consecutive rounds of 71 to finish 2 under par for the event and eventually win the Masters Title by 4 shots.
Sophie’s 36 hole total was highlighted by her front 9 on Sunday morning. After missing a makeable birdie putt on the first, she played some great golf and walked off the 8th Green sitting at 6 under for the round after stringing together a great run of birdies. The round plateaued a little after this but still blew the field away. These Masters events attract the strongest of fields amongst all Junior events as the status that a victory carries goes well toward end of season rankings.
Of the other Juniors there were some solid scores without any other victories.
Keith Tompsett had scores of 77 & 75 to finish in 27th place. Keith played solidly without holing to many putts. The consistency of Keith’s 2 rounds was the highlight as playing multiple round events there is always the added pressure of playing well across the 2 days.
Bill Eppelstun had a cold putter for most of the weekend. While having plenty of chances, Bill just couldn’t hole enough putts and finished with scores of 72 & 73 to finish in a tie for 12th, one of his higher finishes at this level.
Alex Booth had a great first day, shooting 75 to open up but battled on the front 9 on Sunday, pressure of backing up a good start is always challenging. Alex finished with an 82 on Sunday in a tie for 38th position.
Bronte Eppelstun continues to develop and improve her scoring. Although her scores don’t reflect her playing Bronte said she was happy with her play over the weekend. With scores of 79 & 82 Bronte finished in 14thposition.
Lachie Booth had what can only be described as an up and down day on Saturday. Going out in 49 on the Front 9 and coming home with an amazing 34 for an 83 on the first day. He backed it up with an 84 on Sunday and like most of the Juniors just battled to hole the necessary putts to post a better score.
All in all it was great to see our Juniors representing the Club in a way that highlights the programs and development here at Catalina Club.