Warkworth hosts junior open

Young golfing talent from all over the region tried their hand at the inaugural U19 competition at the Warkworth Golf Club this month.

There were 40 entries, with competitors coming from top clubs including Remuera, Gulf Harbour and Helensville.

Organiser Sonya Lewis said it was a superb standard of play for what was the first stand-alone junior competition to be held in the area.

“It drew in budding professionals and a lot of them brought their coaches with them. They were coaching them through their moves and there was some pretty golf to watch,” she says.

“I wanted to promote junior golf and give the players a chance to compete among their own peers. If these kids want to be professionals, they need to get used to playing on unfamiliar courses.”

The boys’ division one gross winner was Shinju Aoki, with 75 strokes, while the girls’ division one gross winner was Aileen Du, with 78 strokes.

The youngest player on the field was an eight-year-old who shot 115 on the 18-hole course.

Rising star Dylan Lewis was second in the division 2 gross and net, while, Snells Beach lad James Mordaunt was second in the division 2 stableford.

Sonya Lewis says she hopes to make the competition an annual event off the back of this year’s interest.