Jye Pickin (Avondale) has cruised to his first JNJG Junior Masters Title, with a resounding nine shot victory at Kew Country Club. The NSW Junior State Team member was on another level, firing rounds of 67-66 to finish at seven under par and run away from closest competitor, fellow NSW State Junior Team member Josh Gadd (Concord).

The Girls Division was much closer, with Yuka Lin (The Lakes) defeating Yerin Kim (Concord) in a playoff to win her first JNJG Title, after five players battled it out down the stretch on Sunday.

Pickin recorded three birdies and an eagle in each round and whilst that was quite impressive, the fact he only dropped three shots over the 36 holes on a course where no other player broke par in either round was even more so. Gadd tried hard to close the gap but was left to rue a slow start in round one (+5 through 11 holes) and couldn’t get close enough to apply any pressure. Brad Doherty (Oatlands) had another Top 5 finish at a Junior Masters, whilst he was joined in the Top 5 by local playersReid Brown (Wingham / Pymble) and Ben Morgan (Kew).

In the Boys 14/15 Years Division, Josh Robards (Newcastle) won a 3-way playoff over Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay) and Isaac Outridge (Coolangatta Tweed) to win his second JNJG Junior Masters Age Division Title of the year. Robards shot rounds of 75-74 to finish on 149, but the playoff hole was where all the drama happened!!

With Cleare and Outridge hitting good tee shots, Robards hit a cold-top off the tee, barely going 50m and not even making the fairway. After a good recovery, he was laying two where the others had hit their drives but applied the pressure with a brilliant approach to within four feet. And that proved to be the winning shot, as when Outridge failed to get up and down from left of the green and Cleare couldn’t make a par after going long, Robards knocked in the putt for an incredible par and the win. In the Boys 13 Years and Under Division, Queensland visitor Will Martell was far too good, winning by seven shots.

With Pickin cruising in the Boys Division, an exciting finish loomed in the girls. As many as five girls were still in contention deep onto the back nine but one by one they dropped off.

Claire Shin (Concord) played fantastic all week but dropped five shots late on to fall out of contention, with Sophie Yip (Concord) finishing two shots ahead of her to win the Girls 13 Years and Under Division. June Song (Avondale) recovered from a triple bogey on the 10th and had a chance to join the playoff on the final green, but her putt caught the lip and stayed out. In the end, Yuka Lin (The Lakes) and Yerin Kim (Concord) finished joint at the top, with Lin making a triple bogey seven on the final hole which allowed Kim into the playoff. But to the youngsters credit, she composed herself and made a crucial up and down on the first playoff hole to also win her first major JNJG event.

In the Girls 16 Years and Over Division, Shannon Lee (Bankstown) claimed her first JNJG Junior Masters title with a two shot victory.





Boys Championship – Par 140

133 – J Pickin (Avondale)
142 – J Gadd (Concord)
143 – B Doherty (Oatlands)

16-17 Years
Scr: J Pickin (Avondale) 133.
Hcp: T Luck (Avondale 10) 140

14-15 Years
Scr: J Robards (Newcastle) I Outridge (Coolangatta Tweed) H Cleare (Nelson Bay) 149
*Robards won on the first playoff hole.
Hcp: H Cleare (Nelson Bay 6) 137

13 Years and Under
Scr: W Martell (Queensland) 151
Hcp: B Xu (St Michael’s 19) 135 cb

Boys Stableford: O Huynh (Moore Park 26) 76 points

Girls Championship – Par 142 
153 – Y Lin (The Lakes) Y Kim (The Lakes)
154 – J Song (Avondale)
*Lin won on the first playoff hole.

16-17 Years
Scr: S Lee (Bankstown 6) 166.
Hcp: B Griffin (Queensland) 156.

14-15 Years
Scr: Y Lin (The Lakes) Y Kim (The Lakes) 153
*Lin won on the first playoff hole.
Hcp: P Hollis (Kew 13) 146.

13 Years and Under 
Scr: S Yip (Concord) 155.
Hcp: M Laws-Farrell (Port Macquarie 17) 147.

Girls Stableford: M Naaman (Liverpool 26) 80 points.