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2023 Victorian Junior Country Regions Team Selected

A team of 15 players (including 4 reserve players) has been selected to represent Ballarat District Golf at the Golf Australia – 2023 Victorian Junior Country Regions. This prestigious competition will be played in Bendigo on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December and feature the leading junior players from across regional Victoria.

Super regions will be represented by boys and girls who will compete over 36 holes for stroke and handicap honours. Invited super regions (district associations in brackets) include:

  • Ballarat District Golf
  • Gippsland (East Gippsland, South Gippsland, West Gippsland)
  • Golf Peninsula
  • Golf South West
  • Hume (Goulburn Murray, North Eastern, Dalhousie)
  • North West (Northern, Golf Central Vic, Murray Darling, Karra Kara)
  • Western Vic (Wimmera, Western)

Our Team

Players: (1) Liam Howlett (Ballarat GC), (2) Mo Haintz (Mt Xavier GC), (3) Xavier Gleeson (Ballarat GC), (4) Dillon Benton (Ballarat GC), (5) Millie Cassidy (Maryborough GC), (6) Harry Cowan (Bacchus Marsh West GC), (7) Eli Smart (Mt Xavier GC), (8) Hayden Dowling (Chalambar GC), (9) Jackson Tatt (Buninyong GC), (10) Sydney Viktorie Bayerle (Ballarat GC), (11) Aaliya Puvanendran (Ballarat GC)

Reserve Players: (1) Mitchell Wells (Bacchus Marsh West GC), (2) Jack Cowan (Bacchus Marsh West GC), (3) Josh Nalder (Maryborough GC), (4) Lacie Smith – Reserve players will compete in the individual events but are ineligible to contribute to the team score unless a player substitution is made between rounds.

Officials: Andrew Milligan (Team Manager), Andrew Cartledge (Junior Coach), Bailey Holloway (Junior Coordinator), Jeanette Tocchet (Secretary)

Ballarat District Golf are also sponsoring Oscar Burke (Buninyong GC) and Rex Hodge (Mt Xavier GC), who will compete in the individual events.


  • Each team will consist of up to 11 players (with a maximum of 10 boys or girls)
  • The competition will be played over 36 holes of stroke play
  • The best 6 scores count for each round (with a minimum of 1 score from boys and girls required) for both the stroke and handicap categories


  • Round 1 – Saturday 16th December at Heathcote Golf Club
  • Round 2 – Sunday 17th December at Belvoir Park Golf Club

Whilst several associations join with others to form super regions, Ballarat District Golf play as a standalone team. This gives us less than half the number of players to select from compared to some other teams but enables us to maximise the opportunities we can offer to our most talented junior players and is an outcome that we are very pleased with.

Congratulations to all the players selected. We look forward to you proudly representing Ballarat District Golf and our 19 affiliated clubs.

Andrew Milligan

On behalf of the Junior Development Committee