Ballarat District Golf Incorporated

2021 01 news junior championship

Ballarat District Golf are the Victorian Junior Country Champions for the first time since 2014, after the Golf Australia – 2020 Victorian Junior Country Regions competition was played in Ballarat from 4th to 6th December.

Featuring the leading junior players from across regional Victoria, we eventually drew away to win by 25 shots from Golf South West after an at times tense final round played in tough conditions at Ballarat Golf Club.

Super regions were represented by boys and girls who competed over 54 holes for stroke and handicap honours. Super regions (district associations in brackets) included:

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

Our Team
Players: Rose Britt (Midlands GC), Millie Cassidy (Maryborough GC), Nic Crellin (Ballarat GC), Kacee Kirwan-Hamilton (Ballarat GC), Liam Howlett (Ballarat GC), Jarryd Martin (Bacchus Marsh West GC), Paddy Murphy (Ballarat GC), Joel Smith (Buninyong GC), Alicia Todd (Buninyong GC), Ryan Wilson (Ballarat GC), Tom Yorke (Ballarat GC)
Reserve Players: Mo Haintz (Mt Xavier GC), Taruni Prasad (Bacchus Marsh West GC), Manish Puvanendran (Ballarat GC)
Officials: Andrew Cartledge (Coach), Andrew Milligan (Manager), Ron Adams (Assistant Manager), Pauline Murphy (Assistant Manager)

Daily Highlights

Round 1 – Friday 4th December @ Buninyong Golf Club

  • Kacee Kirwan-Hamilton carded the best score amongst our boys with a 5 over par round of 77. Ryan Wilson fired a 6 over par 78.
  • Alicia Todd led the way for the girls with a 14 over par round of 87

Round 2 – Saturday 5th December @ Midlands Golf Club

  • Kacee Kirwan-Hamilton again carded the best score amongst our boys with a 4 over par round of 76. Joel Smith fired a 6 over par 78 and Nic Crellin bounced back strongly after a disappointing opening round to card a 7 over par 79.
  • Our girls continued their excellent form, with Alicia Todd, Rose Britt and Millie Cassidy each carding an 11 over par 84

Round 3 – Sunday 6th December @ Ballarat Golf Club

  • Millie Cassidy was simply outstanding, carding a personal best round of 5 over par 77. Millie, along with Alicia Todd and Rose Britt played some amazing golf. We built our Girls Development Squad program around these talented and dedicated girls and they contributed significantly to our victory.
  • Ryan Wilson carded the best score amongst our boys on with an 8 over par 80. Ryan also finished seventh overall in the Boys Gross Event.

Special Mentions
Nic Crellin, Jarryd Martin and Paddy Murphy have been the backbone of our team since 2017. Nic and Jarryd have contributed so much to junior golf in our region and for each of them to conclude their junior career with a winner’s medal is fantastic! Paddy still has time to add another one.

Rose Britt is a wonderful role model for all the young girls playing golf in our region. We were thrilled that girls were included in the competition for the first time because it meant Rose finally had the opportunity to play junior representative golf at Victorian country level and now, she has a winner’s medal!

Alicia Todd was the Girls Net Winner. Playing in her final junior representative competition before moving to Queensland, Alicia finished at 5 under par for the three rounds. A star in the making and a much-loved member of our team, we are going to miss her.

Trophy Winners

  • Junior Country Champions: Ballarat District Golf
  • Junior Country Net Winners: Western Victoria Super Region
  • Boys Country Champion: Bailey Goodall (Hume Super Region)
  • Boys Net Winner: Archie Alston (North West Super Region)
  • Girls Country Champion: Jazy Roberts (North West Super Region)
  • Girls Net Winner: Alicia Todd (Ballarat District Golf)

We wish to thank the Golf Australia – Victoria team of Tony Collier, Dylan Grandell and Tim Witherow for conducting the competition. Postponed in May due to COVID-19, after the tough year we have all endured it would have been understandable if the competition were cancelled. Instead, the leading junior players from across country Victoria had the opportunity to come together for three days of exciting golf.

Well done to all the district associations on assembling their teams and travelling to Ballarat to be a part of the weekend. We need to continue to work together to provide our juniors with as many participation and representative opportunities as possible.

Many thanks to:

  • Buninyong Golf Club, Midlands Golf Club and Ballarat Golf Club, who each hosted a day of the competition
  • Andrew Cartledge (PGA Teaching Professional – Ballarat Junior Golf Academy) for his guidance and tuition in the lead up to and throughout the competition
  • Ron Adams (Secretary and Men’s Coordinator – Ballarat District Golf) and Pauline Murphy (Women’s Coordinator – Ballarat District Golf) for assisting with competition and team administration

Our players represented Ballarat District Golf with enormous pride and displayed outstanding determination and sportsmanship. Congratulations to our team on achieving something very special. We are so proud of you!

Andrew Milligan
Junior Coordinator