Greg Norman Junior Masters on again

Junior Golf Tour | 2013 Greg Norman Junior Masters | Preview | 09 Dec 2013

THE hottest young golfers from home and abroad will showcase their talents when the 23rd Greg Norman Junior Masters tournament tees off next weekend with a colourful opening ceremony at the Gold Coast’s Palmer Colonial course on Friday 13 December (5.00pm AEST).

Tournament play begins the following day with the first two rounds at Palmer Colonial on Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December 2013 respectively. Round three will be held at Palmer Gold Coast (Robina, Gold Coast) on Monday 16 December.

Tuesday 17 December will be a travel and practice day for the players with the tense final round, along with closing ceremony and presentations, on Wednesday 18 December at Palmer Coolum Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The field for this major invitation-only junior championship comprises of 224 male and female players from overseas, all states of Australia and of course many Queensland juniors. Players range in age from 8 to 17 years and the field includes 100 boys who have handicaps of nine and under, with eight of these on plus-one or better. Of the girls, 45 enjoy single figure handicaps with four on plus-one or better.

Last year’s tournament was the first in the new multi-course format and was hailed as a resounding success by Greg Norman Golf Foundation CEO Rae Clarke.

“Everything went very well last year and the courses were in magnificent condition, just as they are again this year,” Ms Clarke said.

“The new tournament format was billed as being the ultimate test of golf for the players and that certainly proved to be the case. We always want to bring out the best in these youngsters who are some of the finest young players you will ever see. That’s what this format does.

“By playing on three different courses it also exposes the tournament to a much wider audience, which can only be good for junior golf. There is a wealth of talent on display and I am sure spectators will be treated to some great golf,” she said.

Past winners of the under-18, 72-hole event, which is run by the Greg Norman Golf Foundation, include golfing luminaries such as Adam Scott (1997), Karrie Webb, Katherine Hull, Amy Yang, Steve Bowditch, Andrew Buckle and hot prospect Cameron Smith.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Greg Norman Junior Masters at Palmer Colonial (Paradise Springs Avenue, Robina) from 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 13 December 2013.

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