Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

MOSS­MAN teenager Gen­nai Good­win is the toast of the golf­ing com­mu­nity af­ter win­ning the Aus­tralian Girls cham­pi­onship with her Queens­land team­mates last week.

The tal­ented 16-year-old col­lected the Burtta Cheney Cup along­side team­mates Emily McLen­nan, Christina Me, Jainee Dougan, Zoe Field and Lau­ren Ma­son, with the Queens­land team fin­ish­ing the cham­pi­onships un­de­feated at the Pa­cific Dunes club near New­cas­tle, New South Wales.

Each state was rep­re­sented by six play­ers with five play­ers con­test­ing sin­gles match play each round in a round robin for­mat.

The play­ers were able to have a prac­tice round on Sun­day be­fore play­ing two matchplay events of 36 holes per day over three days.

Queens­land won ahead of West­ern Aus­tralia and Vic­to­ria.

“On our first day we played New South Wales and shared the match I was play­ing,” Gen­nai said.

“New South Wales were a very strong team and were play­ing on their home ground so they knew the course well and won the competition last year.

“In the af­ter­noon I played against Vic­to­ria and wont the match one-up. Vic­to­ria fin­ished third with Aus­tralian Girls Ama­teur cham­pion Mon­tana Strauss.

“The sec­ond day I sat out and cad­died for Jainee Dougan who won both matches on the day.

“We were so happy to win the competition - it is some­thing I will trea­sure for­ever.”

Cham­pion ef­fort: Gen­nai Good­win (third from left) cel­e­brates the Aus­tralian ti­tle with team­mates

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