Academy Athletes Shine at JNJG Masters


19th February 2019
By Bianca Smith
Eight boys and three girls from the Hunter Academy of Sport were among a full field of 128 junior golfers participating in the first Jack Newton Junior Golf Masters for 2019 at the weekend in Wagga Wagga.

BIG WIN: Quedesha Golledge had her first Jack Newton Junior Golf age victory to finish sixth overall.

Eight boys and three girls from the Hunter Academy of Sport were among a full field of 128 junior golfers participating in the first Jack Newton Junior Golf Masters for 2019 at the weekend in Wagga Wagga.

Former Hunter Academy of Sport athletes Josh Robards and Harry Cleare attended the tournament alongside current athletes Brij Ingrey, Harry Atkinson, Ethan Van Zyl, Taj Vesper, Owen Evans, Max Stone, Quedesha Golledge, Jasmine Vesper and Kaitlyn Van Zyl. 

It was a great weekend for the region’s junior golfers with the following results with former HAS athlete Joshua Robards (Newcastle) coming from behind to win the Boys Championship. 

Rounds of 71/69 saw Josh claw back the overnight deficit of four shots from Castle Hill’s Rip Singh.  

Josh was still one behind with one hole to play, the Par 3 18th, where he made a great par while Rip made a disappointing double bogey to hand Josh the one shot victory.

The victory books Josh into the season-ending Champions Trophy at Bonville and will will surely raise his name in the upcoming junior state team selection period. 

Fellow Hunter Academy of Sport athlete Brij Ingrey (Newcastle) had his best Jack Newton Junior Golf Masters tournament result to date firing rounds of 76 (+4) and 71 (-1) to finish equal 6th

Teammates Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay) finished T8 with rounds of 73/75 and Harry Atkinson (Kurri Kurri) finished T11 overall and took out the 12/13 Years Division. 

In the girls, HAS squad member Quedesha Golledge (Kew) had her first Jack Newton Junior Golf age victory with rounds of 81/81 to finish sixth overall, confirming her position in the Champions Trophy as well.  

Singleton’s Jasmine Vesper finished credible 17th following rounds of 86/86.

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