Hig­gin­bot­tom a class above

Inside Golf - - Junior Golf -

YOUNG­STER Jake Hig­gin­bot­tom has blown away his op­po­si­tion in win­ning the Jack New­ton Ju­nior Golf Subaru State Age Cham­pi­onships by a stag­ger­ing 19shot mar­gin.

Play­ing three of Syd­ney’s most chal­leng­ing cour­ses over four days in cold and blus­tery con­di­tions, Hig­gin­bot­tom shot rounds of 68 at the Lakes, 71 at Ter­rey Hills and 7870 at the Aus­tralian in reg­is­ter­ing a 1-un­der par tour­na­ment to­tal.

Joint run­ners-up Roland Krelle and Mac Marr re­turned 72-hole scores of 18-over par, which if leav­ing Hig­gin­bot­tom out of the equa­tion, were strong per­for­mances in the ex­tremely de­mand­ing con­di­tions.

The vic­tory was a con­tin­u­a­tion of some out­stand­ing form from the 17-year-old Hig­gin­bot­tom, who in re­cent months has also won the Queens­land Ama­teur ti­tle and the Keperra Bowl in Bris­bane, which dou­bles as a Na­tional Se­lec­tion event. He also won the NSW Ama­teur in 2010 as a 16-year-old.

Tal­ented 16-year-old Lakes mem­ber Cath­leen San­toso col­lected the main prize in the girls sec­tion, win­ning by two shots from Chan­tal Hod­son and Tah­nia Ravn­jak.

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