Australian Golf has a great future

13 Dec 2013

Australian Golf’s future is looking brighter than ever after the successful staging of the Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG) 2013 Bonville Champions Trophy at Australia’s Leading Golf Resort – Bonville Golf Resort.

As part of Jack Newton Junior Golf, the event at Bonville has showcased the quality of young star golfers currently maturing through the age ranks. Throughout the 80’s & 90’s we saw Greg Norman shine brightly, then Karrie Webb but for the last ten years we saw a lull prior to Adam Scott and Jason Day shining through and returning Australian Golf to its former glory.

The next crop of golfers to take to the world stage and further Australia’s golfing success are sure to include the following names after their stellar performances at the 2013 JNJG Bonville Champions Trophy.

From the Boys side of the draw we saw Zac Stolz (son of golf professional Andre Stolz) shoot low twice during the event with a sensational 65 (-7) and a great 68 (-4) over the final two rounds, Harrison Endycott with a handicap of +4 had 3 of his rounds at even or better including a 68 (-4), Issac Noh who is only 15 years old went very low during the second round carding a 67 (-5) which included 7 birdies, Charlie Pilon who at just 15 years old shot a bogey free 69 (-3), Kevin Yuan of Bankstown shot 2 rounds under par including a 68 (-4). From the girls draw Bonville saw its best ever individual female golf display with Shelly Shin, at just 15 years set a new Bonville Course Record day one of the event with a bogey free 69 (-3) and Celina Yuan who’s only 14 years old shot a superb 70 (-2) for round 2. These low numbers were mostly by junior’s who had only played Bonville once before – during their practice round.

The Jack Newton Junior Golf Bonville Champions Trophy had 41 qualifiers from New South Wales’ leading junior golfers aged 13 to 17. The event saw 13 junior girls and 28 boys tackling the challenging Bonville layout in full tournament conditions for 72 holes over 3 days which saw Zac Stolz declared as the 2013 Boys Champion and Shelly Shin as the 2013 Girls Champions.

Concord’s Zac Stolz (son of Australian Pro Golfer Andre Stolz) had a slow start to the tournament with rounds of +1 then +2 before finding his groove and shooting in the red. Round 3 saw Zac jump up the leader board and signal his intention to challenge the early tournament leader Harrison Endycott of Avondale Golf Club with Zac’s round 3 score of 7 under 65 closing the gap to just 2 strokes heading into the final round. The final day saw Zac jump out of the blocks and was 5 under after just 7 holes and had overtaken Endycott & was on his way to victory and the title of 2013 Bonville Champions Trophy Winner. Two nervous bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes were speed bumps for Zac Stolz on his way to a 4 shot victory over Endycott. Zac Stolz finished the inaugural Bonville Champions Trophy on 8 under (73, 74, 65, 68 – 280) from Harrison Endycott on 4 under (68, 72, 70, 74 – 284).

In the girls, 15 year old Shelly Shin of Concord came out firing in round 1 with a superb 69 to open up an early 5 shot lead over Lizzie Elmassian from The Australian Golf Club and a further shot back was 14 year old Celina Yuan from Bankstown Golf Club. Unbeknown to Shelly this also gave her the Bonville Ladies Course Record (the 1st time a female has finished under par in tournament conditions of the Bonville layout – with 15 pars and 3 birdies). Round 2 saw Shin stumble a little with a 74 but Yuan could only close the gap by 1 with a solid 73 & Elmassian had a tough day shooting in the mid 80’s and in the process creating a 2 girl race. Round 3 saw Yuan shoot under par with a great 70 compared to Shin’s 73 closing the gap between Shin and Yuan to just 3 shots and setting up a great final round battle. Consistent golf during round 4 by Shelly Shin saw her shoot 73 & claim victory at the inaugural Bonville Champions Trophy on 1 over (69, 74, 73, 73 – 289) over Celina Yuan who finished with her worst round of the event a 5 over 77 but set her intentions to return next year and battle for the title (76, 73, 70, 77 – 296).

Bonville Golf Resort’s General Manager, Brad Daymond was delighted to see the ability of all the golfers and especially the winners in Zac and Shelly who both put on master classes especially when all players had 1 practice round then straight into playing a ‘foreign’ course. We saw Shelly break the Ladies Course record with her wonderful 3 under during her 1st round & almost saw Zac break our Men’s Back marker record in his final round as he was 5 under after 7 but then held back a little to focus on winning the event rather than setting records finishing the round with a great 4 under. We look forward to welcoming the event back in future years. It is our goal to assist JNJG to grow junior golf participation. By creating such a desirable event – we hope to inspire junior golfers of all levels to work at their game in an attempt to qualify for the Bonville tournament”.

This end of season Champions Trophy Event will be held here on the beautiful Coffs Coast once a year and the iconic Jack Newton commented “It’s a pretty good test around Bonville for them and I think most of them are pretty impressed with the setup and it’s got that ’wow factor’ this joint that not many courses have got so it will be a big buzz for all of the players.” Each of the 41 juniors enjoyed the Coffs Coast with 4 days of accommodation, meals and 5 rounds of golf. Whilst the focus was obviously golf; small touches such as a pizza and pasta movie night were arranged for the juniors to enjoy overlooking the golf course ‘under the stars’ on Bonville’s Terrace Lawn with popcorn and frozen drinks of course to enable them to enjoy themselves during Tournament Week.

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