Fifteen-year-old Sam Pearce has claimed the Port Lincoln Golf Club’s Junior Championship for the 2018/19 season.
In blustery conditions on March 3, Sam finished well clear of the 12-year-old defending champion, Cody Manuel.
Sam, who regularly comes down from Lock with his mother Nadine to play golf in Port Lincoln, shot a solid 93 off the stick (net 73) to receive the coveted perpetual championship plate.
In the handicap division, a count back was needed to determine the victor; a slightly better back nine saw 13-year-old Shane Sharman win from 12-year-old runner-up, Ashley Durdin.
Two eager beginner golfers – Archie Fitzgerald (aged 10) and Aurelia Poole Keane (age eight) – also participated in the event.
Their day began with putting and chipping challenges on the practice green.
Whilst Archie claimed the putting prize (15 putts to 20), Aurelia’s deft chip from the bottom bank saw her receive the chipping award.
Both players then headed out onto the course for a nine-hole SAPSASA modified challenge.
Archie finished in an impressive 52 strokes, with Aurelia not far behind on 75; both youngsters earned medals for their determined efforts.
It is wonderful to see and hear these young golfers compete in the right spirit, enjoying each other’s company and sharing encouraging words with their playing partners.
During the lunchtime presentations, Port Lincoln Golf Club members Norm Marks and Tony Manuel, and the accompanying parents were thanked for their continued assistance and support of the club’s junior golf program.
Although there were many wonderful shots played by all competitors during this year’s junior championship, we still have a lot of work to do – greater consistency and better course management will see these players take their game to the next level.
Regular Sunday morning coaching sessions will resume on Sunday, March 17.
All interested players and families are welcome to attend.
Please contact the Port Lincoln Golf Club for further details.