From DGA Captain Jim Jackson:
The ACT Junior Boys team will soon be leaving Canberra (second week of April) to play in the Australian Junior Boy’s Amateur Championships and also contest the Australian Boy’s Interstate Series. The team of 6 (photo below) — comprises L-R: – Aaron Maxwell (Captain), Lachlan Chamberlain, Leighton Price, Will Brearley, (all from Federal), Harry Smith (Queanbeyan) and James Hynes (Gungahlin). Manager Gail Goiser and Coach Warren Coulson will be looking after the team — Warren to provide high level golf analysis and advice, Gail to organise the activities and to spoil the boys. Only two of the boys –Aaron and Lachlan — have represented previously, so the team can be considered fairly inexperienced, but they are all close to scratch handicap and are keen to give the players from the other States some keen competition.
The first Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship was played in 1982. Past winners include Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Cameron Smith and Ryan Ruffels (after he had moved from Canberra to Victoria). The maximum field is only 156 players, but all State Representatives get a place in the first round. The field is cut after two rounds and, based on past experience, individuals will usually need two rounds around par (or 1 or 2 over) to avoid the cut. This year the event is being run at Southport on the Gold Coast. I haven’t played Southport, but it seems to be a gently undulating course with lots of trees and ponds. At only 5,816 m it is not a long course, compared to say, Federal or Gungahlin, but it looks a fair challenge. Warren will no doubt have his hands full trying to get the boys to read the couch grass greens — that we don’t see much of around Canberra. Lachlan will be very keen to improve on his middle of the field placing in the 2018 event at the Gosnells Golf Club.
The Interstate Series is being played at the Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club “Palms Course” between 15th and 18th April. The first round on the Monday morning is against W. A. with a 7:30am hit-off, and the team will be hoping to do better than last year, when W.A. were too strong and won 4-1. When I last played the Palm’s Course it was in great condition and a stern challenge, with some nice holes that wind around plenty of lakes. There are not too many trees so this may suite some of our longer hitter. The last round on the Thursday will be against the NT for the “Inter-Territories Cup”. We are usually a stronger team than the NT, so the last game should give the ACT additional points.
Best Wishes and the best of luck from all at the D.G.A.