Hillier claims Australian Junior Amateur

BY Anthony Powter | Australian Female Juniors Tour | 2008 Australian Women's Junior Championship | Round Three | 11 Jan 2008

Whitney Hillier has won the 2008 Australian Women’s Junior Amateur Championship this afternoon at the Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane.

Hillier, who plays out of the Joondalup Golf Resort in Western Australia, finished the championship at 4-under, with rounds of 70-73-69, three shots ahead of Katelyn Must and Jessica Noh, who finished tied for second at 1-under. Fourth position went to Elle Sundak, at 1-over.

“I kept my mistakes out there today to a minimum, especially given the conditions,” remarked a relieved Hillier.

“It was tough with the rain, but I managed to have four birdies and only a single bogey, so I kept it together.”

It’s Hillier’s second major amateur title, after winning the prized 2006 St Andrews Junior Ladies Open in Scotland.

Hillier also finished 4th at the 2007 Callaway World Junior Championships, in the 15-17 year age group, however, she rates winning today’s Australian Girls Amateur, as he best achievement so far.

“To win on your home soil is special. It’s our national title and to me that kind of has an extra meaning to it.”

“I’m just so pleased with the way I played today, and the result that followed.”

Victory for Hillier in today’s Australian Women’s Junior Championship also could not have come at a better time.

With starts secured at the Australian Women’s Open Championship, as well as the ANZ Ladies Masters, the West Australian now undoubtedly enters the professional tournaments confident about her game, and eager to make an impression.

“I’m not really thinking too much about them, just enjoying today’s moment,” remarked Hillier, her excitement clear, as she made her way to share the moment with friends and family. It obviously had been a long day, however, one well worth the effort.

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