Up and coming school golfers too close to call

Amy Im is a golfer to watch in future.

Nothing could separate two young golfers who both shot 74 at Warkworth Golf Club at a junior golf zone day on November 12.

Yeonsoo Son, of Pinehurst School, and Nicole Choi, of Wairau Intermediate School, were both clinical to finish level. They were followed closely by Amy Im, of Wentworth School, who shot 75 after going into the competition with the lowest handicap of 0.1.

The boys section proved even closer, with all three top finishers shooting 81. They were Jun Yoo, of Takapuna Normal Intermediate School, Callum Wall, of Wentworth School, and Alex Yap of Rosmini College.

While they didn’t shoot top scores, two Mahurangi College boys – Lyall Sutton and Benjamin Blair – were second and third respectively on Stableford scoring.

First on Stableford was Parma Walker of Whangaparoa College and Celina Ren of Kristin School.

Mahurangi College sports coordinator Karlie Stanbra organised the competition this year after it previously folded due to a shortage of venues.

“It was cancelled last year because we couldn’t find a course to host it, so this year we asked Warkworth if we could use their venue and got a positive response,” Karlie says.

“We also opened it up this year to individuals who didn’t have enough golfers at their school to make a team. It meant we got a great field of 32 players.”

Warkworth Golf Club president Marie Claydon says it was great to support a junior golf event and they have welcomed the competition back for next season.

The club has been busy after also hosting its Stroke Play Championship this month. The women’s winner was Sala Bishop, while Rhys Rhodes took out the men’s category.

Other winners were as follows: women bronze one, Athalie McHardy; women bronze two, Ruth Harvey; intermediate men, Bob Ashton; junior men, Steve Roddis; men C Grade, Ian Blackmore.

Lachlan Stanbra was the youngest player in the field.

Conditions were perfect for hitting good scores.


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