The ACT Junior Team is currently training seriously for the upcoming Australian Junior Boy’s Open and Interstate Series.
The 3-day Junior Boy’s Open (strokeplay event) is being held at Gold Creek from the 15th April. All the registered members of State and Territory teams are automatically entered into this event, so the six lads in the photo will be playing in this event as well as in the following Interstate series. In addition to State team members any junior golfers with a handicap of less than 4.4 are eligible to submit an entry form (this includes international visitors). The competition for places is therefore pretty intense, and only the best juniors in this country get in. Former winners of this event include Adam Scott, Jason Day and our own Ryan Ruffels (he was an ACT team member between the ages of 12-14yrs). ACT players who have done well in this event in the past include: Josh Armstrong, Jordan Ayre, Lachlan Chamberlain, Nick Cochrane, Nick Fuller, Kacper Gancarz, Allan Haughie, Brett Levier, Aaron Maxwell, Jackson Stuckey and Adam Thorp.
The Interstate Series (match play event) will follow at the Queanbeyan Golf Club, between 20-23rd April. So 50-60 of the best Australian juniors will remain in the area to play in this event, which comprises morning and afternoon contests. When long-term ACT Junior team coach, Warren Coulson, reluctantly resigned as he was moving out of formal employment in the Golf Industry, Queanbeyan Pro-golfer Jake Nigel stepped up at short notice to hone the skills of the “super six” on his own course.
Gail Goiser, the ACT Team Manager, reports that Jake is doing his best to install the sort of game required to do well, at the tight tree-lined Queanbeyan course.
Jake Nagle (Coach), Michael Nguyen (Royal Canberra), Aaron Liu (Gungahlin Lakes), Rowan Harrison (Murrumbidgee), Leighton Price (Federal), Lachlan Chamberlain (Federal), James Hynes (Gungahlin Lakes)