Hills Australian Junior Open a Success

23 Dec 2013

The Hills Australian Junior Open Championship being played at the prestigious Brookwater Golf Club is shaping up to be a fantastic golf tournament. Entries have been received from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Singapore as well as our strong local players. The event will be played over 54 holes from the 7th to 9th of January and has World Ranking Status sanctioned by the Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews. The winners will receive automatic entry into the Greg Norman Masters as well as qualify for the next three tournaments in the series (Korea, Taiwan and China).

In a show of respect for the tournament, the Guangdong Golf Association and the Hainan Golf Association, the two strongest Provincial teams in China, are sending their best two males and females to compete in the tournament. As well, the Chairman of the Guangdong Golf Association, Mr Xu, will attend the event. Mr Xu was the former Deputy Premier of the Guangdong Provence which has the same amount of people to govern as the whole of Australia.

There will be an opening ceremony scheduled for Monday 6th January at 12-00 noon at which the federal member for Forde, Mr Bert Vanmanen, councillor for Logan, Steve Swenson (on behalf of Mayor Pam Parker), Mr Xu and Mr Tom Berndt (Director of Golf of Hills Golf Academy) will officially open the tournament. At the Opening, there will be a Tee-Off ceremony as well as representatives from all participating countries carrying their flag onto the stage.

The Hills Australian Junior Open is an international annual event and is part of the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Association Series of junior tournaments. It is the first stop on the 2014 calendar. Other tournaments are scheduled to be played in Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam for 2014.

Hills International College in Jimboomba has been the driving force behind this Asia Pacific series. Hills is aiming to provide international experience for junior players in the Asia Pacific region so that they can be better prepared when competing at the highest level. It also allows players to experience the different cultures in the region and helps the juniors become a more solid citizen in the process.

Some of the higher profile players who have entered are –

  • Anthony Quayle (Qld) – 2013 Gary Player Champion
  • Chang-Heng Lin (Taiwan) – 2013 Taiwan Junior Champion
  • Sophia Cragnolini (Papua New Guinea) – 2013 PNG Ladies Open Winner
  • Yaun Li – (China) – 2013 Hainan Junior Boys Champion
  • Sen Cao – (China) – 2013 Guangdong Junior Open Champion
  • David Micheluzzi – (Vic) – Australian Junior squad member
  • Bryan Teoh (Malaysia) – 2013 Malaysian Junior Team member
  • Futa Yamagishi (Japan) – Scratch marker from Osaka

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