Four Canterbury juniors made a trip to Melbourne to compete at the Victorian Junior Masters played at the Churchill Park and Waverley Golf Clubs. The event is a world ranking event and one of the top events to play in Australia. With an extensive honour roll of USPGA Tour winners and players it is obvious as to why The Victorian Junior Masters is Australia's leading junior golf tournament. Past champions include Aaron Baddeley in 1998, prior to winning 2 Australian Open titles, and Jason Day in 2005 who at the time was the World Junior Amateur Champion. Other past competitors also include Adam Scott who finished in the top 5 in each of the four years he competed from the age of 15.
It's a great opportunity for these players, which included Dominic Brettkelly (Hororata), Hiroki Miya (Russley) Kazauma Kobori (Rangiora) and Tom Parker (Christchurch) to test themselves against the top Australian juniors at a 72 stroke play event like this. All four performed well having to play two different courses that hosted the event. Hiroki Miya had a great result finishing tied for third place with rounds of 73, 70, 76 and 71 while Dominic Brettkelly also finished in the top ten with a steady tournament with rounds of 72, 72, 76 and 72 to take out seventh place, while Tom Parker finished tied for 15th and Kazuma Kobori who was tied for 24th. Some great results from these top juniors who will have no doubt gained valuable experience from the trip as they now turn their focus to the North Under 19 Championships being played at the Hamilton Golf Club this week.